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Working out of offices in Burnaby, Kamloops and Victoria, FMA lawyers provide legal services to British Columbians seeking spouses’ compliance with child and spousal support orders.
ARTICLE I — Name
The name of the organization shall be the Family Maintenance Agency Chapter (FMAC) of the Professional Employees Association.
ARTICLE II — Objectives
Family Maintenance Agency Chapter Objectives are:
ARTICLE III — Membership
Membership shall be open to all employees who are members of the bargaining unit at the Family Maintenance Agency or its successor for whom the Professional Employees Association is certified.
ARTICLE IV — Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the FMAC shall consist of three members, elected annually. The Executive Committee shall appoint from among its members a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary-Treasurer.
The Chairperson shall preside over FMAC meetings and, in his/her absence, the Vice-Chairperson shall preside.
A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be two members and shall have the authority to take such measures in carrying out FMAC objectives as are consistent with the Professional Employees Association Constitution.
Should a vacancy occur on the Executive Committee, the remaining members may appoint a replacement from the FMAC membership for the remainder of the instant term of office.
Decision of the Executive Committee shall be by majority vote, except that the Chairperson shall only vote in the case of a tie.
The FMAC shall rotate its entitlement to appoint an Association Executive member with other Association chapters as determined by the Association Executive, on an annual basis. When it is entitled to do so, the Executive Committee shall appoint by motion an Association Executive member from among the members of the Executive Committee. The term of appointment shall be one year, effective at the close of the Association Convention in odd-numbered years, and effective on June 1 in even-numbered years.
ARTICLE V — Executive Elections
The Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of two members not later than 35 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
The Nominating Committee shall prepare a list of candidates who have signified that they are willing to stand for Executive office. Nominations may be put forward to the Nominating Committee by any members of the FMAC.
The Nominating Committee shall put the list of standing Candidates to the general membership for their vote. Ballots shall be delivered to each member or mailed to his/her last known address not later than 21 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The date by which the ballot is to be returned shall precede the Annual Meeting, and newly elected members of the Executive shall assume their duties at the ensuing Annual Meeting, except that the first Executive Committee shall assume office at the time of its election.
ARTICLE VI — Meetings
There shall be an Annual Meeting not later than November 30.
Other general meetings can be called by the Executive Committee, or, on a written request from at least four members. When a meeting is called by at least four members, it shall take place within one calendar month of the request being received by the Executive.
A quorum in any general meeting, including the Annual Meeting, shall be not less than 33 percent of the membership.
Except as herein provided, FMA meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VII — Notice of Meetings
A notice of meeting other than the Annual Meeting shall be delivered to each member or mailed to his/her last known address not less than 7 days before the meeting is to be held. Notice of meeting shall state the business to be transacted at the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII — Adoption and Amendment of the Constitution
This Constitution shall come into effect when approved by a membership vote. This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of FMAC voting members.
ARTICLE IX — Election of Association Convention Delegates
Delegates to the Biennial Association Convention shall be elected by the general membership in a vote to take place at least 80 days prior to the Association Convention.