BYLAWS OF
THE COUNCIL OF UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
RETIREE ASSOCIATIONS

 

ARTICLE I. PREAMBLE

We, the retiree associations of the University of California (UC), have established the Council of University of California Retiree Associations (CUCRA), which is officially recognized by the University of California as an affiliated organization.* CUCRA represents the retiree associations from all UC campuses, national laboratories, the UC Hastings1, and the Offices of the President and of the Regents2 in their support of retirees3.

 

 

 

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* Defined in Regents' Policy 5203: Policy on Support Groups, Campus Foundations, and Alumni Associations

1. Faculty and staff of UC Hastings, previously referred to as Hastings College of the Law, participate in the UC retirement plans in the same manner as UC campus faculty and staff.

2. The retiree association of the Office of the President also includes employees of the Regents offices; for example, the employees in the Secretary of the Regents' Office are not technically Office of the President employees, but instead report to the Board of Regents.

3. The term "retirees" includes all who have retired from the University, the UC national laboratories, UC Hastings, and the Offices of the President and of the Regents. "Annuitants" refers to a subset of retirees who receive monthly retiree payments from the University after their retirement.

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ARTICLE II. PURPOSE OF THE COUNCIL

The purposes of the Council are the following:

A. To encourage each campus, national laboratory, the Hastings College of the Law, and the Offices of the President and of the Regents to organize and maintain an active retiree association.

B. Assist member Associations in keeping each other informed about:

1. Organizational practices in serving retirees and the spouses or domestic partners of retirees.

2. Current University actions affecting retirees.

C. To maintain effective communication with the Offices of the President and the Regents on matters relevant to retirees.

D. To advocate for all retirees of the University on issues identified by the associations.

E. To propose and influence actions by the University and/or the California Legislature on matters affecting retirees. The following conditions should be satisfied before the Council attempts to influence legislation:

1. The issue has a direct bearing on the welfare of UC retirees,

2. All remedies within the University have been exhausted,

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3. The Office of the President (UCOP) has been made aware of the proposed action,

4. Prior written notice of at least forty-five (45) days has been given to the member associations,

5. The action has been approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the Council's voting members,

6. The Council has consulted with the Council of University of California Emeriti Associations (CUCEA).

F. To develop and maintain relationships with CUCEA, other retiree associations, and the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) on matters relating to the University of California Retirement System (UCRS) and the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).

G. To collaborate with CUCEA on activities of the Joint Benefits Committee (J.B.C.). (See Article VIII.)

H. To work with the Office of the President in studying problems and recommending solutions on matters pertaining to retirees of the University of California.

I. To foster mutually supportive relations between the University and its annuitants.

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ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP IN THE COUNCIL

Council members will include representatives of each member association, the five Council officers, the previous Council Chair, and Honorary Members, if any.

A. The Council membership consists of one voting representative and one alternate representative from each member association. Each association has one vote in the Council.

B. The Council membership also includes the five Council officers (see Article IV) and the immediate Past Chair, who will have one vote each.

C. Council membership may also include Honorary Council Members, in accordance with the following:

1. Honorary Council Membership may be conferred on any individual who has made extraordinary contributions on behalf of University of California retirees.

2. Service for Honorary Council Members will extend for the member's lifetime.

3.The number of Honorary Council Members will not exceed three.

4. The process for conferring an Honorary Council Membership is as follows:

a. A member association will submit a written statement of the candidate's name and qualifications to the Chair of CUCRA at least ninety (90) days prior to the next scheduled meeting of the Council.

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b. The Chair will forward the nomination materials to member association representatives at least forty-five (45) days before the next scheduled meeting of the Council.

c. Election as an Honorary Council Member requires a two-thirds vote of Council members present at the time of the vote.

5. Each Honorary Council Member will have a vote in the Council.

6. An Honorary Council Member may be appointed to serve on a committee.

7. An Honorary Council Member will be reimbursed for expenses incurred in attending official meetings of the Council, as provided under Article VI.B.

D. The term(s) of service for association representatives to the Council will be established by the individual associations.

 

ARTICLE IV. COUNCIL OFFICERS

The Council has five (5) officers, as follows:

A. The five officers are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Information Officer.

1. Officers will be elected from present or past Council members or present or past association-appointed alternates except in unusual circumstances when qualified individuals cannot be identified.

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2. Current officers and the immediate past Chair are voting members of the Council.

B. The five elected officers and the immediate Past Chair constitute an Executive Committee, which is authorized to act on behalf of the Council between formal meetings. Such actions will be reported to the full Council membership at the Council meeting following the action of the Executive Committee.

C. The term of office for all officers is two years, with the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary elected in even-numbered years and the Treasurer and Information Officer elected in odd-numbered years. An officer may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office, with the exception of the Treasurer, who may serve additional consecutive terms.

D. Offices vacated before the end of an officer's term will be filled upon approval of a majority of the Council's voting members, based on a recommendation by the Nominating Committee in consultation with the Chair. The elected officer(s) should complete the term of the vacated office(s). For the purposes of Article IV. C., completion of more than one-half term will be considered a full term of service. An officer may be nominated for and elected to a different office before the end of his or her current term of office.

E. The Vice Chair is Chair-elect and, upon formal election, will succeed to the office of the Chair.

F. An officer will have only one vote in the Council, even if the officer is also the designated (voting) representative of a member association. However, the association will retain one vote in Council deliberations, which may be cast by the alternate representative, if in attendance.

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G. Officers will serve without compensation.

H. The Chair has the following responsibilities:

1. Maintaining liaison with the President/Chair of each member association and CUCEA.

2. Seeking information about issues specific to individual member associations that have or may have Council-wide implications.

3. Initiating appropriate action to secure the University's response to issues raised by the Council.

4. Consulting with the other officers concerning material to be disseminated to member Associations.

5. Convening the Council regularly, as stipulated in the Standing Rules.

6. Requesting at the Spring Council meeting that the Presidents/Chairs of the member associations send to the Chair of the Nominations Committee by July 1 nominations for officer positions.

7. Preparing agendas for Council meetings.

8. Appointing committees as needed.

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9. Appointing, in consultation with the Treasurer, in odd numbered years or when there is a change in Treasurer, an auditor to review and make recommendations regarding the Council's financial records and practices.

10. Serving as an ex officio member of the Joint Benefits Committee.

11. Performing other duties requested by the Council.

I. The Vice-Chair has the following responsibilities:

1. Assisting the Chair in the conduct of the Council's affairs.

2. Assuming the Chair if the Chair is incapacitated or unavailable.

3. Conducting any semi-annual Council meeting in the Chair's absence.

4. Serving as an ex officio member of the Joint Benefits Committee.

5. Serving as Chair of the Nominations Committee.

6. Performing other duties requested by the Council.

J. The Secretary has the following responsibilities:

1. Maintaining a record of each Council meeting and distributing an approved copy to the President/Chair of each member association, the Information Officer, and the Chair of CUCEA.

2. Performing other duties requested by the Council.

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1. Keeping the book(s) of accounts, collecting all monies due the Council, maintaining custody of the funds, paying all authorized bills submitted in writing or by email, and securing the signature of the Chair (or another officer designated by the Chair) on issuance of checks over five hundred dollars ($500).

2. Preparing and submitting to the Council before the spring meeting an annual, prior year's financial report for approval at the meeting. The financial report will be filed for audit.

3. Developing and presenting to the Council prior to the fall meeting a proposed annual budget for its approval at the meeting.

4. Submitting books for examination by an auditor, appointed by the Chair, whenever requested, but primarily in odd-numbered years or upon a change in Treasurer.

5. Filing tax returns as required by the Internal Revenue Service and the State Franchise Tax Board.

6. Performing other duties requested by the Council.

L. The Information Officer has the following responsibilities:

1. Maintaining a current roster of each member association's President/Chair and voting and alternate representatives, including postal and email addresses and telephone numbers.

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2. Assuring, in consultation with the Chair, the maintenance of the Council's website.

3. Disseminating pertinent information to each member association's representatives.

4. Furnishing data concerning retirees to the University of California administration, State Legislature, or media when requested by the Council or its Chair.

5. Sending out notifications to Council members when materials and documents are available.

6. Performing other duties requested by the Council.

 

ARTICLE V. COUNCIL MEETINGS

Council meetings should be held in accordance with the following:

A. Council meetings shall be held as described in the Council's Standing Rules.

B. A simple majority of member associations' voting representatives must be present, either in person or via telecommunications, to conduct business at a Council meeting. As indicated in Article III.A., although both representatives and alternate representatives may attend Council meetings, each member association has only one vote in the Council.

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ARTICLE VI. FINANCES

Finances of the Council should be conducted in accordance with the following:

A. Each member association will be billed annually in January for its share of the Council's operating budget in accordance with the dues approved at the previous fall meeting. The number of retirees at each location as of October will be used in the annual calculation of dues. Dues are payable to the Treasurer by March 31 of each year.

B. Elected Council Officers who are not representatives or alternates of any association may be reimbursed for meals, lodging, and transportation expenses incurred in attending the semi-annual Council meetings and any special meetings called by the Chair. Reimbursement will be in accordance with current UC travel regulations. Postage, copy services, telephone charges, and other expenses incurred by Council Officers in the performance of their duties will be reimbursed as well. This also applies to Honorary Council Members.

 

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES

CUCRA will create committees--standing and ad hoc--as necessary.

A. A standing committee is an ongoing committee serving a specific purpose.

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For example, the Nominations Committee is responsible for developing a slate of officers to be presented for consideration at the Council's fall meeting or, in the case of an office vacated during the term of service, at the meeting following the vacancy. The Nominations Committee is comprised of three voting members: the Vice-Chair and two members of the Council appointed by the Vice-Chair.

B. Ad hoc committees are formed to accomplish a specific task or objective and will be dissolved after the completion of the task.

1. Ad hoc committees will be created to study and make recommendations on issues discussed at a Council meeting.

2. The size and scope of such committees will vary, depending on need.

3. The members of ad hoc committees will be appointed by the CUCRA Chair.

 

ARTICLE VIII. THE JOINT BENEFITS COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Joint Benefits Committee (J.B.C) is to monitor and make recommendations to CUCRA and CUCEA regarding the University's pension and benefit programs, health insurance, retirement delivery systems, and other benefit programs.

A. The J.B.C. consists of eleven (11) members in total - seven (7) voting members and four (4) ex officio, non-voting members:

1. Two of the four voting members will be appointed by CUCRA from current or previous association-appointed representatives or alternative representatives and serve staggered, two-year, terms. It is expected that CUCEA will appoint the other two members.

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2. Three remaining voting members will be identified and appointed by the four CUCRA and CUCEA appointees, as defined in Article VIII.A.1. The three members should bring relevant expertise to the committee's research and deliberations.

3. Two of the four ex officio members of the J.B.C. will be the Chair and Vice- Chair of CUCRA. The other two will be the Chair and Vice-Chair of CUCEA.

B. The eleven members of the J.B.C. will annually select a Chair from among themselves. The J.B.C. Chair will be an ex officio representative to the Council without a vote on the Council, if not already a designated member according to Article III.

C. The terms of the two CUCRA appointees to the J.B.C. will be on a calendar year basis. CUCRA appointees may serve more than one consecutive term. In the event of a resignation or other midterm vacancy of a CUCRA appointee, the Council or its Executive Committee, on the recommendation of the Chair, will make an appointment to complete the unexpired term. Eligible candidates are current or previous association-appointed representatives or alternate representatives.

D. The J.B.C. will submit its report four weeks before the spring and fall meetings of CUCRA and CUCEA so that CUCRA's Executive Committee and CUCRA member associations will have ample opportunity to review them and prepare appropriate comments.

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ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS TO THESE BYLAWS

These Bylaws may be amended in the following manner:

A. Copies of proposed amendment(s) will be distributed to the Council members at least forty-five (45) days prior to the voting on the amendment(s).

B. A quorum, consisting of a two-thirds majority of the Council's voting members, must be present, either in person or via telecommunications, in order to vote on proposed amendments.

C. Approval of amendments requires a two-thirds vote of the voting members of the Council, provided a quorum is present at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Council.

D. If a proposed amendment is not submitted as provided in Article IX. A. (above), it may be adopted by unanimous vote of the voting members present, provided a quorum is present.

These Bylaws, amended and adopted on October 25, 2018, supersede those adopted on April 26, 2018 and subsequent amendments.
Date: October 25, 2018

 

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Gail Harden, Secretary

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