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July 29, 2002

August Meeting Schedule

July 29Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
July 30Special Meeting, Elliott Bay Bookstore Café, 12-1pm
Aug 1TEA-Transit / KC Contract Negotiating Session, 9-4pm
Aug 5Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
Aug 6Business Meeting, Elliott Bay Bookstore Café, 12-1pm
Aug 12Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
Aug 13Business Meeting, Elliott Bay Bookstore Café, 12-1pm
Aug 19Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
Aug 20TEA-Transit / KC Contract Mediation Session, 9-4pm
Aug 21Monthly Meeting - Elliott Bay Bookstore Cafe, 12-1pm
Aug 23TEA-WTD / KC Contract Negotiating Session, 9-4pm
Aug 26Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
Aug 27TEA-Transit / KC Contract Mediation Session, 9-4pm
Aug 28Nominations for TEA Officers Close at 5pm


All members are encouraged to attend the Monthly Meeting.

Election of Officers / Nominations / Nominating Committee

In accordance with the TEA Bylaws, Elections for the following TEA Officers are scheduled for the Annual Meeting on September 18th: President, 1st Vice- President, 2nd Vice President and Secretary. The duties and responsibilities for each Board position are outlined in TEA Bylaw Article VI; the TEA Bylaws are available on the TEA website: www.teaseattle.org.

  President = 2 years
  1st Vice President = 1 year remaining
  2nd Vice President = 2 years
  Secretary = 1 year remaining


Based on the amended Bylaws, any full member may be nominated for any position of the Board. TEA members can nominate themselves or a co-worker; all nominations shall be in writing and delivered to the TEA Secretary, Severne Johnson, or the Nominating Committee by 4:30 pm on August 27th, which is 15 working days before the Annual Meeting in accordance with the Bylaws.

The Bylaws call for a Nominating Committee of three full members appointed by the Board to assist in preparing a slate of candidates for the election. Please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Severne Johnson, if you are interested in helping with the election.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

In accordance with Article XII, Amendments and Revisions, the following Amendments to the TEA Bylaws have been proposed and will be voted on by the TEA membership at the monthly meeting on August 21st:

  1. PROPOSED ACTION: Modify Article V, Section A.2, to read: EFFECTIVE DATE – Each Employee meeting eligibility requirements will become a Full Member upon the effective date of the initial collective bargaining agreements between TEA and King County or upon signing the Authorization for Wage Deduction to Cover Union Dues, whichever comes first.
  2. PROPOSED ACTION: Modify Article VI, Section C.2.c. to read: Term of Office – The President shall be elected initially for a three-year term and thereafter for two-year terms. The First Vice-President and Secretary shall be elected initially for a two-year term, subsequently for a one-year term, and thereafter for two-year terms. The Second Vice-President shall be elected initially for a four-year term and thereafter for two-year terms. The Treasurer shall be elected for two-year terms.
  3. PROPOSED ACTION: Modify Article VIII, Section A.2 to read: Each Annual Meeting shall be held on the third Wednesday in September, or at a time and place determined by the TEA Board, and announced at least one month in advance of that meeting.
  4. PROPOSED ACTION: Modify Article IX by adding a new Section:

     1. Each Full Member will be allowed to assign his/her vote for any
        General or Special Election to a Proxy vote by submitting:
        a. Properly filled out, dated and signed standard TEA Proxy form.
        b. Filed with the TEA Secretary prior to obtaining the ballot
           represented by the Proxy
        c. Vote presented by the Proxy to the Secretary at the General or
           Special Election Meeting before the election votes are counted.

The TEA Bylaws that were ratified at the Annual Meeting on September 19, 2001 can be reviewed at the TEA website: www.teaseattle.org

Special Meeting – July 30th

At the special meeting we need to discuss negotiations — strategy, timing and impacts on TEA members. There are issues like insurance implementation that need to be considered and we need to be as supportive as possible through a difficult time for members with special needs.

Please come prepared to help us formulate a plan, or at least better understand the criteria for helping our members through this period with the least inconvenience, uncertainty and stress possible.

thank you,