Constitution and Bylaws

Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization, IEA-NEA


Article I – Name, Goals and Objectives

  • Section A   The name of this organization will be the Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization (hereinafter referred to as “RAFO”), an affiliate of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.

  • Section  B  The object of RAFO will be to promote the welfare of Roosevelt University adjunct faculty.

Article II – Membership Affiliation

  • Section A    Membership will be open to all adjunct faculty employed by Roosevelt University in Chicago and its satellite campuses.

  • Section B    RAFO will be affiliated with and comply with the constitution and bylaws of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.

  • Section C     There will be no discrimination in conditions of membership based upon race, religion, nationality, age, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.

Article III – Governance

  • Section A     The executive officers of RAFO will be the president, vice president,  secretary, treasurer, grievance chair, and membership chair.

  • Section B     The executive committee will consist of the executive officers, region council representative(s), one department representative for every twenty (20) members or fraction thereof in each department and the chairs of all standing committees.

  • Any executive committee member may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those members voting at a membership meeting if a majority of the members are present at the meeting.

Article IV – Meeting of the Membership

  • One general membership meeting will be held per semester at a time and place determined by the executive committee.  The president, a majority of the executive committee, or a petition by thirty (30) percent of the membership may call additional meetings.

Article V – Voting

  • Unless otherwise provided herein, the adoption of all business by the executive committee and the membership will be determined by a majority of those voting.

Article VI – Amendment of Constitution

  • This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those members voting at a membership meeting provided that all members of RAFO have received written notice of the date and place of the meeting and the proposed amendment thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

Article VII – Parliamentary Procedure

  • All meetings of RAFO will be governed according to the procedures set forth in Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

Article VIII – Bylaws

  • Changes in the bylaws will be consistent with this constitution and may be adopted by the membership.


Article I – Goals

The goals of RAFO include the following:

  1.  To improve our wages, benefits and working conditions;

  2. To secure our basic labor rights and protections under the law;

  3. To ensure full participation of our members in the decision-making process that affects our employment at Roosevelt University;

  4. To secure fair and equitable treatment for our bargaining unit members;

  5. To create a positive and respectful working environment;

  6. To ensure safe and healthful working conditions;

  7. To provide the best education possible for our students;

  8. To exercise solidarity among ourselves and with other unions; and

  9. To encourage and to assist in organizing other part-time faculty in the Chicago area.

Article II – Executive Officers

Section A – Duties

  1. President – The president will be the chief executive officer with the power and the duty to enforce the constitution and bylaws, carry out association policies in the interim between executive committee meetings, sign contracts and agreements, represent the association before the public either personally or through designees, appoint and remove members of all committees with the consent of the executive committee, serve as ex-officio member on all committees, cause a budget to be constructed and an annual audit to occur, and preside over meetings of the executive committee and the membership.  Further, the president will have the power and duty to perform all acts generally associated with the nature of the office which are consistent with the constitution and bylaws.

  2. Vice President – The vice president will have the powers and duties of the president in the president’s absence, will succeed to the presidency pursuant to the bylaws and will otherwise have such powers and duties as may be assigned by the president.

  3. Secretary – The secretary will maintain the official files and will assist the president with association correspondence.  The secretary will keep accurate minutes of each meeting of the executive committee and each meeting of the membership, will be responsible for notifying members of all meetings.

  4. Treasurer – The treasurer will prepare an annual  budget for approval by the executive committee, keep accurate records of expenses and income, and report such records at the executive committee meeting and the meetings of the membership.  The treasurer will be responsible for the payment of bills.

  5. Grievance Chair – The grievance chair will be responsible for handling grievances with the help of a grievance committee, which he or she will convene and serve as its chair.

  6. Membership Chair – The membership chair will maintain the records of membership and update and return membership rosters to the IEA-NEA as per IEA-NEA policies, With the help of a committee, which he or she will convene and serve as its chair, the chair will help identify and recruit members to serve as representatives and take on other leadership roles within the organization.

  7. Communications chair – In concert with the members of the executive committee will maintain a current membership email contact list that is provided by the membership chair to notify members via email of any necessary announcements, such as meeting dates, calls for election, election results, university job posts, contract negotiation updates, or any announcements that the executive committee would like to make, including announcements from Region 67, the state and national affiliates, or other area unions; maintain and build website to include RU job postings and descriptions, links to officers and reps and post committee reports and all announcements mentioned in the previous clause; develop a communications protocol; develop and distribute by email fliers and brochures as necessary; and write press releases as needed.

Section B – Terms

  1. The term of office for executive officers will be two (2) years commencing on the first day of the fall semester following their election.

  2. The election of officers will be conducted in March.Within ten (10) days after the completion of his/her term of office, each officer will transfer records to the incoming officer.

  3. Any officer vacating an office will transfer all records within ten (10) days after a selection of a replacement is made.

Section C – Vacancies

  1. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of the president, the vice president will automatically become president for the remainder of the unexpired term.

  2. If a vacancy occurs in any other office, the president will appoint a successor for the remainder of the unexpired term with the consent of the executive committee.

Article III – Regional Council Representative(s) and Alternate Representative(s)

Section A – Duties

  1. IEA-NEA regional council representative(s) will attend the regional council meetings, represent RAFO, and report council activities to the executive committee and membership as necessary.

  2. An alternate representative will perform the duties of the regional council representative in his/her absence.

Section B – Elections and Terms

  1. The election of a regional council representative and an alternate representative will be as prescribed by the IEA-NEA bylaws.

  2. The term will be for one (1) year and will commence on the first day of the fall semester.

Section C – Vacancies

  1. Vacancies for regional council representative(s) and alternate representative(s) must be filled in the manner of the original election as prescribed by the IEA-NEA bylaws.

Article IV – Department Representatives

Section A – Duties

  1. The department representative(s) will be a member(s) of RAFO selected to provide communication between RAFO leadership and the members, distribute materials to members and conduct informative meetings.

  2. The department representatives will recruit volunteers for RAFO jobs and activities and generate support for RAFO positions and programs.

Section B – Training

  • RAFO will provide training, keep the department representatives informed of RAFO activities and positions and provide incentives for attracting and retaining department representatives.

Section C – Term of Office

  • Members of each department will elect department representatives for a one (1) year term.

Section D – Vacancy

  • If a vacancy occurs in the position of department representative, the president will appoint a successor with the consent of the executive committee.

Article V – Executive Committee

Section A – Duties

  • In addition to the powers and duties enumerated in the constitution, the executive committee will conduct and supervise the business of RAFO, annually adopt a budget, undertake such expenditures as are necessary and reasonable for the operation of the organization, consent to the appointment of committees, plan and recommend programs to the membership, develop bylaws, approve expenditures and consent to the filling of vacancies.

Section B – Meetings

  • The executive committee will meet one time per month during the fall and spring semester, and may meet as many additional times as necessary or reasonable to transact its business.  A majority of the members of the committee must be present to conduct business, and a majority vote will rule.

  • Meetings may be called by the president, or by the request of a majority of the members of the executive committee.

Article VI – Elections

Section A – Elections Committee

  • The president will choose an elections committee with the approval of the executive committee.  The elections committee will conduct all elections including local, state, regional and national for the year.

Section B – Election Procedures

  1. The elections committee will establish an election calendar, ensure nominations are open to all members and will accept nominations from members.

  2. The elections committee will conduct all elections by secret ballot, announce elections to the membership, and supervise the counting of ballots and certify winners.  In the event that there is no candidate who has received a majority of the votes cast for a particular office, the elections committee will immediately conduct a run-off election between the two (2) candidates who received the highest number of votes for that office.

  3. The elections committee will conduct all elections for RAFO.

  4. All election procedures will be consistent with state and federal laws.

Article VII – Arbitration and Grievance Appeal

  • Based on the recommendation of the the grievance chair, the executive committee will decide whether a grievance will be processed to final and binding arbitration.If the executive committee decides not to arbitrate a grievance, the grievant has the right to appeal this decision in person before the executive committee.

Article VIII – Committees

  • Standing committees will include elections, negotiations, and communications. The executive committee may establish other committees on a standing and/or ad hoc basis.

  • The president will appoint members to any committee and name the chairperson with the consent of the executive committee.

Article IX – Dues

  • Annual local dues will be $25.00.  The IEA-NEA dues will be transmitted to the IEA-NEA as per IEA-NEA policies.Any member may inspect the books and records of RAFO upon reasonable request.

  • If a member of the executive committee does not teach during a semester, RAFO will pay such executive committee member’s dues in accordance with the IEA-NEA by-laws, one-half of the member’s dues obligation.

Article X – Savings Clause

  • If a portion or portions of these bylaws are found to be inconsistent with state or federal law, such provisions to the extent that they violate the law will be considered deleted and of no force and effect.

Article XI – Amendment

  • The executive committee will submit revisions of these bylaws to the full membership at a regular or special meeting, and a majority vote of those present will rule as to the acceptance or rejection of these revisions, provided that all members of the association have received notice of the date and place of the meeting and the proposed revision at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting.


2002 – Terms were extended to two years; and limits were eliminated.
2006 – Dues were increased.
2011 – Grievance chair and membership chairs became executive officer positions.
2012 – Dues were increased 2012
2012 – Communications chair became an executive officer position.
2014 – RAFO will pay dues for executive committee officers when they are not assigned a class





Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization, IEA-NEA


 RAFO Executive Committee

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Grievance Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • IEA Region Council Representative(s)
  • Department Representatives
    • Department Representatives – elected to represent each department on the basis of one representative for every 20 members or fraction thereof.
  • Standing Committee Chairpersons
    • Standing Committees are Grievance, Negotiations, Membership and Elections and Communications.
  • Term of Office – two years.
  • Annual local dues will be $20.00.  This amount does not include state and national dues.
  • Executive Committee will meet once per month during the fall and spring semesters.  There will be at least one general membership meeting per semester.