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Brothers and Sisters,

NATCA’s National Constitution Committee wants all Union members to know how to participate in this important part of NATCA business. NATCA’s National Constitution is the primary governing document for our Union. Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 of the NATCA Constitution, “[a]ll proposed amendments to the National Constitution shall be submitted to the National Constitution Committee through the Executive Vice President one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Convention.” The deadline for submitting proposed amendments for the upcoming convention, therefore, is 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Proposed amendments should be submitted to Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert at tgilbert@natcadc.org. Below are commonly asked questions about amendments and the submission process:

Article VIII

National Conventions:

Section 2.     Only elected delegates or their alternates may conduct the business of the Convention. Any member in good standing may attend the Convention and speak on any issue.

Roberts Rules of Order

Robert’s Rules provide common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership - the right of the deliberate majority to decide.

Robert's Rules provides for constructive and democratic meetings, to help, not hinder, the business of the assembly. Under no circumstances should "undue strictness" be allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation.

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