Council of the Association

6.01

Each electoral unit shall be entitled to elect representatives as follows:
1 to 25 members ‑ 1 representative
26 to 50 members ‑ 2 representatives
51 plus members ‑ 3 representatives.

6.02

Each electoral unit shall be entitled to elect alternate representatives as follows:
1 to 25 members ‑ 1 alternate
26 to 50 members ‑ 2 alternates
51 plus members ‑ 3 alternates.

6.03

There shall be established a Council of the Association which shall consist of the following members:

a) all the representatives duly elected by each of the electoral units;
b)  every member of the Executive of the Association;
c)  every member who is a member of the Provincial Executive of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society.
d)  representatives elected by the substitute teachers up to a maximum no greater than that of the largest electoral unit.

6.04

Each of the aforesaid members of the Council is hereinafter referred to as “the representative”.

6.05

The powers of the Council shall include the following:

a)  to exercise all the powers of the Association;
b)  to direct and to supervise the business, policies and the affairs of the Association;
c)  to determine the policy of the  Association on all matters within its competence;
d)  to amend the Constitution and By‑laws according to Article 15;
e)  to delegate any or all of its powers to the Executive of the Association from time to time as it may deem practical or advisable.

6.06

Meetings of the Council

a)  Meetings of the Council shall be open to all members.
b)  The Council shall meet at such times and at such places as it may determine but, in any event, shall meet no fewer than four (4) times in any one year.
c)  The President may call a meeting of the Council at any time, or, at the written request of any five (5) members of the Executive, must call a meeting provided that notice of such meeting is given to each representative.
d)  Notice of meetings of the Council shall be given to representatives not less than forty‑eight (48) hours prior to the date of such meeting, except in the case of emergency meetings.
e)  The President may call an emergency meeting of the Council at any time, or at the written request of any five (5) Executive members; or at the written request of any twenty five (25) representatives must call an emergency meeting of the Council for a specific purpose which shall be a matter of record, and such meeting shall be deemed to be an emergency meeting of the Association. Representatives must be notified and the agenda for such a meeting shall deal only with the purpose for which it is called.

6.07

Quorum

a)  The quorum for the transaction of business at a duly constituted meeting of the Council shall be fifty percent (50%) of members of the Council.
b)  The quorum for the transaction of business at an emergency meeting of the Council shall be sixty percent (60%).

6.08

Procedure at Meetings

a)  Any member shall be allowed to speak, provided prior notice has been given to the President of the Association.  When no prior notice is given, at the discretion of the Chairperson, any member may be allowed to speak at such meeting.
b)  All members, whether representatives or not, will be required to conform to the rules of procedure established by the Council.  (Bylaw II).
c)  Only representatives present at a duly constituted meeting of the Council may vote on any matter placed before the Council.  The decision of a majority of the representatives present shall constitute the decision of the Council, except as may be provided otherwise by this Constitution.