NIU Operating Staff Council Constitution
ARTICLE 1: THE OPERATING STAFF COUNCIL
The name of the organization shall be the Operating Staff Council (OSC) of Northern Illinois University.
The members of the operating staff of Northern Illinois University have the right to organize a council to represent their constituency. The OSC is an integral part of the University governance system through its participation, communication, advisement, and assistance on the resolution of issues and the formulation of policies relevant to the general welfare of operating staff employees. The operating staff, through its OSC, may communicate its concerns to the relevant administrative bodies, to the appropriate vice president(s), to the president of the University, and shall then have the right of ultimate appeal to the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE 2: MEMBERSHIP ON THE OPERATING STAFF COUNCIL
Operating staff employees in status positions are eligible to become elected members of the OSC. The manner and process for determining eligibility are contained in the Bylaws.
The OSC shall consist of seventeen (17) elected representatives and three (3) alternate members. Open seats shall be filled by election from members of the operating staff at large. The election process is described in the Bylaws.
2.3 Term of Membership
Each representative shall serve a term of three (3) years. Each alternate shall serve a term of one (1) year, or fulfill the term of a representative's vacancy if applicable.
2.4 Revocation of Membership
It shall be the responsibility of the OSC Executive Committee to bring forward to the OSC any formal recommendations to revoke OSC membership. Membership shall be revoked by a vote of no less than two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at a regular or special meeting.
ARTICLE 3: MEETINGS OF THE OPERATING STAFF COUNCIL
3.1 Regular Meetings
Regular meetings of the OSC shall be held once per month throughout the calendar year.
3.2 Special Meetings
Special Meetings may be called by the President of the OSC as needed. Notification of such meetings shall be provided to all OSC members as far in advance as possible.
3.3 Attendance at Regular and Special Meetings
Attendance at regular and special meetings shall be considered mandatory for all OSC members. The President of the OSC shall be notified in advance of any absence from scheduled meetings.
3.4 Agenda for Meetings
Items for the proposed agenda should be received by the OSC President no later than ten (10) business days prior to each OSC meeting. Other agenda items may be presented at any regular meeting before the approval of the agenda.
ARTICLE 4: COMMITTEES
4.1 Standing Committees of Operating Staff Council
Standing committees of the OSC shall be: Executive, Workplace Issues, Elections/Appointments, Public Relations/Activities, and others as determined by regular OSC action. Each OSC member shall be required to serve on at least one (1) standing committee of the OSC.
4.2 University Committees and Commissions
Certain University committees and commissions require representation from Operating Staff. (See Bylaws for constituency and election procedures.)
ARTICLE 5: OFFICERS OF THE OPERATING STAFF COUNCIL
Officers of the OSC shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian.
5.2 Election of Officers
The President shall be elected for a two-year term and all other officers shall be elected for a one-year term by the members of the OSC. Absentee ballots will be permitted. Retiring officers shall continue to hold office until the new officers are elected. All officers must be current elected (non-alternate) members of the OSC. The President of the OSC shall have served at least one year on the OSC prior to being elected to office. If a member of the OSC is elected to the office of President in the third year of their term, that member’s term shall be extended an additional year so they may fulfill their duties as President.
ARTICLE 6: AMENDMENTS TO THE OPERATING STAFF COUNCIL CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
6.1 Proposal for Amendments
Any member of the OSC may propose an amendment to the Constitution or the Bylaws by presenting it, in writing, to the President of the OSC. The amendment shall be presented for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
6.2 Adoption of Amendments
An amendment to the Constitution or the Bylaws shall require a simple majority of the voting members present at any regularly scheduled meeting.
Amendments approved: Dec. 3, 2020