Pima County Community College District
Association of Classified Exempt Staff (ACES)
Article I – Name
The name of this association shall be the Pima County Community College Association of Classified Exempt Staff, also referred to as “ACES”.
Article II – Purpose
Section 1 - This Association shall be recognized by the Pima County Community College Board of Governors as an elected employee representative group, in accordance with the inaugural election held at Pima County Community College on May 2, 1978, for all of its eligible classified exempt employees within the Pima County Community College District in the State of Arizona to participate in the College’s meet and confer process and advocate for the development of personnel policies directly and substantially related to wages, salaries, and working conditions.
Section 2 – Provide representation of this Association’s active and eligible membership to the Pima County Community College Board of Governors.
Section 3 - Provide leadership and strengthen visibility of the College’s classified exempt employee group through active participation in College-wide work groups, standing committees, and taskforces.
Section 4 - Develop and promote ethical practices, collegiality, and equal opportunity for the College’s classified exempt employee group.
Section 5 - Solicit and discuss the views of the College’s classified exempt employee group; and permit bona fide Association representative’s access to other Association representatives during regular working hours and for the purpose of conducting Association business.
Section 6 - Represent, advise, and discuss concerns of the Association’s active and eligible membership with the proper authority.
Section 7 - Provide informal advice and guidance in relation to grievances and corrective action issues in compliance with all college policies.
Section 8 - Disseminate relevant, accurate, and timely information through the ACES website, official social media platforms, and other publications pertaining to the exempt employee group.
Article III – Membership
Section 1 - Employees eligible for membership in the Pima County Community College Association of Classified Exempt Staff are classified exempt full-time regular employees as defined in the Personnel Policy Statement for College Employees and as determined by the Human Resources department at Pima Community College.
Section 2 - There shall be two classes of membership. The following definitions shall prevail:
A.Active - an employee as defined in Section 1 above who joins the Pima County Community College Association of Classified Exempt Staff by voluntarily paying dues and keeping his/her dues current. Rights conferred to active members include but are not limited to:
1. Nominating oneself or other active members for officer positions.
2. Being nominated for officer positions.
4. Being elected to an officer position.
5. Serving on Association standing committees or Association-sanctioned special committees.
B. Eligible - an employee as defined in Section 1 above who does not join the Pima County Community College Association of Classified Staff by voluntarily paying dues.
Section 3 – Dues
A. The Pima County Community College Association of Classified Exempt Staff shall have dues approved by the active membership.
B. Net earnings from dues, interest, and other sources of income shall be devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes.
C. No part of these net earnings will inure to the benefit of any private individual.
Section 4 - All eligible employees as defined in Section 1 above shall be provided information about the Pima County Community College Association of Classified Exempt Staff and the opportunity to join the active membership.
Section 5 - Active membership shall cease as a result of:
A. Resignation or termination from Pima County Community College.
B. Transfer to a position outside the definition of eligibility or scope of the Association.
C. Non-payment of dues.
D. If an employee chooses to withdraw their active membership of their own accord.
Article IV – Officers and Committees
Section 1 – Board of Directors
The Board of Directors will be comprised of the Association Officers and up to four Members-at-Large.
Section 2 – Officers
A. Officers of the Association shall be as follows: President, President-Elect, Past-President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.
B. Responsibilities of the Association officers shall be as follows:
1. President – The President shall preside over the meetings of the Board of Directors and the general membership, appoint an active member to a vacant officer position in accordance with Article IV Section 4.A., chair the Meet and Confer Committee, and may serve as an ex-officio member of each of the other standing committees. The President shall represent the Association before the public, either personally or through delegates, perform all other functions usually attributed to this office, serve as the Association’s representative to the Governing Board or appoint someone to serve in the President’s absence, provide regular reports at Staff Council meetings and establish communication protocol. The President is required to approve all expenditures of the association that exceed $100 or any yearly agreements.
2. President Elect – The President-Elect shall perform the functions usually attributed to the office of Vice President. The President-Elect shall conduct Association elections and perform other duties as the President may suggest, complete the President’s term of office if the President steps down during his/her term of office, and then serve as President for the next term as originally elected. The President-Elect may also represent the President at Staff Council or Board of Governor meetings. The President-Elect will chair the Fiscal Review Committee and work with the Recording Secretary to ensure that communication of information is relevant, accurate, and timely.
3. Past President – The Past-President shall serve as an advisor to the President and the other officers of the Association. The Past-President shall serve as the chair for the By-Laws Committee and Step Progression Committee. The Past-President may also represent the President at Staff Council or Board of Governors meetings.
4. Recording Secretary – The Recording Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and the general membership, maintain official files, work with the Treasurer to comply with record retention requirements, assist the President with association correspondence, maintain copies of Meet and Confer proposals, and regularly update the ACES website along with collecting and archiving ACES photos for use in the web pages and marketing materials.
5. Treasurer – The Treasurer shall maintain accurate financial records of all dues and other incoming funds. The Treasurer shall also pay all approved bills, work with the Recording Secretary to comply with record retention requirements, compile accurate status reports to be submitted at each general meeting, and prepare a financial report for each general membership meeting that occurs throughout the fiscal year. The Treasurer shall act as co-chair for the Professional Development Committee.
C. The terms of office of the Board of Directors shall be as follows:
1. The President-Elect, President, and Past-President will each serve a one-year term running from July 1st through June 30th. The President-Elect serves on the Board for three consecutive years (year one as President-Elect, year two as President, and year three as Past-President).
2. The Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Members-at-Large will each serve a two year term running from July 1st through June 30th. Where the election of the Recording Secretary and two Members-at-Large occurs in a year, the following year will have the election of the Treasurer and the other two Members-at-Large.
3. Term limits: No officer may hold a position for more than 4 years consecutively. In the event that no one is elected to fill a position vacated due to this term limitation, the previous office holder can continue to serve in that position until the following election.
4. A member of the Board of Directors cannot simultaneously hold a leadership role on Staff Council.
D. The election/succession of the Board of Directors shall occur as follows:
1. All Board of Director positions will be elected through an electronic ballot system or other means if electronic ballot is not available.
2. All active members of ACES will be eligible to vote.
3. The winner of each contested office will be the candidate receiving the largest number of votes cast for the office. If two or more persons running for the same Board seat receive the same number of votes, the winner shall be decided by lot between them, under supervision of the Past-President.
4. All newly elected Board of Directors will be announced at the June general membership meeting.
E. ACES values representation from all segments of exempt employees. However, it is important to keep the ACES Board whole, at all times; otherwise, the representation function of the Board will be unduly diminished. Thus, employees who run for office have an ethical responsibility to ensure they can complete the full term of office. The minimum expectations are to ensure that the employment position held by the candidate is not already pre-determined to expire before the end of their ACES term and those employees serving as ACES Board members will conduct themselves in a professional manner and refrain from engaging in behavior that would cause them to be terminated by the College.
Section 3 – Members-at-Large
Up to four Members-at-Large serve on the Board of Directors but are not officers. They serve as Chairpersons for the standing committees, hold meetings, provide monthly reports to the officers, and identify membership concerns. They are responsible for representing ACES and the College through participation on official committees such as, but not limited to, Meet and Confer, Benefits, and other work groups and task forces as assigned by the President. Members-at-Large serve two-year, staggered terms. They will be elected in alternating years: two in one year and two in the next year.
Section 4 – Standing Committees
A. The standing committees for ACES will be as follows:
1. The Meet and Confer Exempt team will have no more than six Exempt employees, including the ACES Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will collectively agree who will serve on the Meet and Confer Exempt Team. This committee provides a formal structure as a means for discussing matters directly and substantially related to wages, salaries, and working conditions. The Meet and Confer process is per Board Policy BP-1.25. The President will serve as Chief Spokesperson and chair the Meet and Confer team.
2. The Membership/Recruitment Committee will be chaired by one Member-at-Large and include at least two active ACES members. This committee monitors membership activity and will work to increase the membership base. The Member-at-Large is responsible for obtaining regular membership reports via President who works closely with Human Resources.
3. The Election Committee will be chaired by the President-Elect and include at least two active ACES members. No one currently on the ballot can serve on the committee. This committee is responsible for the publication of notice for nominations and elections, the verification of eligibility for candidates, the organization and supervision of election proceedings, and the counting of ballots. The Election Committee must be formed by February to properly carry out the tasks associated with administering the Elections process.
4. The Exempt Professional Development Committee will be chaired by one Member-at-Large will include the Treasurer and at least three additional exempt employees. This committee serves as major conduit for exempt staff professional development and as the recommending body to the College Administration for activities and events pertaining to exempt staff professional development.
5. The By-Laws Committee will be chaired by the Past-President and include at least three active ACES members. This committee will consider any proposed changes to the By-Laws, ensure that copies of the By-Laws are readily available to all members, perform audits of the By-Laws, and initiate By-Law changes via voting, if deemed necessary. The By-Laws Committee should be formed in January.
6. The Step Progression Committee will be chaired by the Past President and include at least three active ACES members. This committee provides guidance to exempt staff who have an appeal to their submitted plan, and during the time the Step Progression program is under review by the Administration of the College.
7. The Networking Committee will be chaired by one Member-at-Large and include at least three active ACES members. This committee provides opportunities for exempt staff to interact with fellow exempt staff, organize events for members, and allow for people to meet, exchange ideas and interrelate.
8. The Fiscal Review Committee will be chaired by the President-Elect and include at least two active ACES members. This committee will collaborate with the Treasurer to review and develop financial records, review the Association’s financial activities on a semi-annual basis, and submit the results of their review to the ACES Board of Directors.
9. The Community Service Committee will be chaired by one Member-at-Large and include at least three active ACES members. This committee is responsible for planning activities that promote service and goodwill via internal and external initiatives and activities.
B. Except as otherwise stated in these By-Laws, members of the standing committees will be appointed by the committee chair. Each committee should strive for a membership of three to ten active committee participants.
C. Other committees will be formed as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. These committees will be formed using the same structure as that of standing committees.
D. Term Limits: Any member selected to serve on a committee will have a term of no more than four consecutive years. In the event there are no volunteers to fill a position that may come open, the chair may elect to have a sitting member serve an additional year.
Section 5 – Vacancies of Office
Vacancies of any office or committee chair positon will be filled by the President with the approval of one other officer except in the case of the President, when the procedure in Article IV Section 1.B.2. (President-Elect) will be followed. In the event that the offices of both the President and President-Elect become vacant, a Special Election of the general membership shall be conducted within 30 days of the vacancy to elect a President. He/she shall complete the remaining term of vacated office of President. He/she shall then serve as President for the next term and serve as Past-President in the following term.
Section 6 – Resignations and Recalls
Any member of the Board of Directors may resign at any time by providing written notice to the President.
The Board of Directors may request the recall of any Officer or Member-at-Large if it is deemed that the Officer or Member-at-Large is not representing the best interest of the Association. The Board of Directors, after a simple majority vote, may invoke a recall. The Board Member is recalled by a simple majority of Board Members in attendance at a regular monthly meeting or a special meeting.
Section 7 - Auditor
The Board of Directors may select and hire an auditor, schedule an audit of Association activities as necessary, and receive the final audit response. Results of any scheduled audit shall be reported at the next general membership meeting.
Article V – Meetings
Section 1 – Board of Directors Meetings
A. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be held monthly and address ACES business and exempt related issues. The presence of a simple majority of the Board will constitute a quorum. The minutes of the meeting will be kept by the Recording Secretary. The actions taken and measures voted on will be made part of a report to be presented at the next general membership meeting. The President will determine the matters of Association business on which the Board may and may not take action.
B. The President or a simple majority of the Board of Directors can call for a special Board meeting at any time. The time and place of the meeting will be designated by the President. Two working days’ notice should be given unless the meeting is being called to address an extreme emergency. The meeting must be held within five working days. Business conducted at special meetings will be limited to the subject or subjects for which the meeting was called. A simple majority of the Board will constitute a quorum. Any decisions reached by the board during special meetings will be reported to the membership at the next general membership meeting.
Section 2 – Committee Meetings
Committee meetings will be held at a time and place designated by the Committee Chair or the President. A simple majority of the committee will constitute a quorum. Committees will undertake only those assignments as outlined in these by-laws or as delegated to them by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors by a majority vote. The Board of Directors maintains oversight of significant activities conducted and actions to be taken by committees.
Section 3 – General Membership Meetings
A. Regular general membership meetings will be held once per quarter at a time and place designated by the President. At least five working days’ notice will be given by a means deemed reasonable by the President. A report of the minutes of any Board of Directors meeting held since the last general membership meeting will be read. Old and new business will be discussed. Any issue of meeting management will be handled according to parliamentary procedure. Disputes regarding parliamentary procedure will be decided by the Recording Secretary.
B. Special general membership meetings may be called at any time and place designated by the President or at the request of a majority of the Board of Directors, or by 25% of the active membership. Two working days’ notice will be given by any means deemed reasonable by the President. Business conducted at special meetings will be limited to the subject or subjects for which the meeting was called. Any action taken will be reported at the next regular general membership meeting.
Article VI – Parliamentary Procedures
Section 1 – The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, govern in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-laws, but in no case used to obstruct the orderly flow of meetings.
Section 2 – Association Voting
A. On matters of business that the President and Board of Directors have determined requires a vote, an electronic vote will be conducted via e-mail.
B. After an electronic ballot has been sent out, a 14-day voting period will commence. Shorter voting periods may be called for by a vote of the majority of the officers to accommodate circumstances.
C. Only active members of the Association are eligible to vote. All electronic ballots must be completed via e-mail by the date and time announced to be counted.
D. A simple majority of votes cast will determine the outcome.
By-Laws amended March 19, 2001 – Special general membership meeting
By-Laws amended August 23, 2005 – Removal of externally funded language
By-Laws amended August 24, 2006 – Position Transfer
By-Laws amended June 20, 2007 – Special election, SPP committee, term Members-at-Large
By-Laws amended June 1, 2010 – Association voting
By-Laws amended October 18, 2010 – Standing committees, purpose, officer term limits, staggered elections, tie votes, committee term limits and committee oversight
By-Laws amended October 2013 – Added 2 additional Members-at-Large, electronic voting, required voting period, Member-at-Large duties, a better-defined Dues section
By-Laws amended May 2015 – Recognized acronym ACES, clarification of duties of
President-Elect, President, Past-President and Recording Secretary, member of ACES Board may not hold leadership position with Staff Council, announcement of Board at June general meeting, addition of Community Service Committee, reporting requirements of committee chairs.
By-Laws amended May 2017 – language consistency, clarification of purposes, Board of Directors, Officers, and terms of office, addition of ethical responsibility of candidates, requirement of committee chairs, and resignations and recalls.