Constitution of Wolf Creek Local Association No 3 of The Alberta
Teachers’ Association

Name
1. The name of this local shall be Wolf Creek Local No 3 of The Alberta Teachers’ Association (the 
Association or the ATA).

Boundaries
2. The area served by this local shall include Wolf Creek School Division No 72.

Membership
3. (1) All active and associate members of The Alberta Teachers’ Association employed by Wolf Creek 
School Division No 72 are members of this local.

(2) Subject to approval by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association, 
associate members of The Alberta Teachers’ Association who hold the highest category of membership 
available to them and who pay the prescribed local association fee may become members of this local 
association with all rights and privileges of active members.

Objects
4. The objects of this local association shall be to further the objects of The Alberta Teachers’ 
Association as set out in Section 4 of the Teaching Profession Act and the General Bylaws of The 
Alberta Teachers’ Association.

Fees
5. This local association shall have the power, subject to approval of the Provincial Executive 
Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association, to levy fees for membership in this local association 
such as are determined from time to time in a general meeting of the local association. Such fees 
shall be additional to the fees prescribed by the Annual Representative Assembly (ARA).

Rules of Procedure
6. The proceedings of all meetings shall be regulated by the official Rules of Order and Procedure 
for The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as published in the Members’ Handbook.

(1) Officers of The Alberta Teachers’ Association and the district representative(s) of whose 
geographic district this local association forms a part shall be entitled to attend all meetings of 
the local association referenced in Section 6 and any other meetings of local committees, including 
those portions of any meetings declared to be in camera.

Organization
7. (1) The governing body of this local shall be a general meeting of its members, 10 per cent of 
whom shall constitute a quorum. The majority of those present shall govern decisions of the
meeting.

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 2

(2) A general meeting of this local shall be held at least twice a year to hear reports and deal 
with same, hold elections, approve and set policy, approve the annual budget and deal with such 
matters as may arise.

Local council
8. (1) There shall be constituted a local council of this local consisting of
(a) all members of the executive committee;
(b) school staff representatives elected prior to the local council meeting by each school staff 
according to the following schedule:
i) one representative for each school with 1 to 20 teachers;
ii) two representatives for schools with over 20 teachers;
(c) chair of the substitute teachers’ group;
(d) chairs of ad hoc committees, standing committees if not members of the executive committee, 
local representatives or school representatives;
(e) ARA delegates;
(f) one representative of the administrators’ association; and
(g) one representative for central office teachers.

(2) A majority of those voting shall govern the decisions of the local council unless rules and 
regulations otherwise decree.

(3) Members of this local may attend local council meetings and may speak with the approval of the 
chair but may not vote.

(4) Sixty per cent of its members shall be considered as a quorum of the local council.

(5) The duties of the local council shall be
(a) to administer the affairs of the local association, including adoption of an audited annual 
financial statement and presentation of an annual budget at a general meeting;
(b) to appoint all ad hoc committees as may be necessary from time to time;
(c) to develop and approve adequate terms of reference for each of its committees;
(d) to hear reports from committees and decide on action to be taken; and
(e) to deal with other matters not inconsistent with this constitution or the General Bylaws of The 
Alberta Teachers’ Association.

(6) The local council shall meet not fewer than eight times in any one school year.

Executive committee
9. (1) The executive committee of this local shall consist of the president, vice-president, past 
president, secretary, treasurer, communications officer and chairs of standing committees.

(2) The duties of the executive committee shall be
(a) to appoint a communications officer;
(b) to develop a template to outline the annual business of the local;

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 3

(c) to exercise general supervision of the affairs of the Association;
(d) to prepare and transmit to the head office of The Alberta Teachers’ Association such reports 
and statements with reference to the affairs of the local association as may be required by the 
Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association;
(e) to ensure that all Association moneys are used to further the objects of the Association as set 
out in the Teaching Profession Act;
(f) to assume the function of the local council, when time is of the essence;
(g) to attend and report to all meetings of the local council; and
(h) to liaison with all employer boards.

(3) The executive committee shall meet as often as business requires.

Notice of Meetings
10. (1) Notices of intent to hold a general, local council, executive or committee meeting shall be 
provided to an authorized representative at each school or worksite and the district 
representative(s) by the secretary at least seven days before such a meeting is to be held, and 
such notices shall include an outline or agenda of business to be discussed. Any general meeting 
made up of 10 per cent of the members of the local may, by a two-thirds majority vote of the total 
members present at the meeting, waive notice of a meeting or of any motion brought before the 
meeting.

(2) Meetings of the local association or any bargaining unit within the local shall be called by
(a) the president;
(b) on the request of the executive committee;
(c) at the request of the local council;
(d) on the written request of 10 members of the local;
(e) at the request of the chair of the teacher welfare committee or the chair of the negotiating 
subcommittee;
(f) on the written request of an officer of The Alberta Teachers’ Association; or
(g) at the request of the district representative of the local of whose district this forms a part.

(3) A record shall be kept of all those attending general, local council, executive and committee 
meetings.

(4) An ATA officer shall not vote. A district representative shall not vote except at a general 
meeting of a local of which the representative is a member.

Duties of Officers
11. (1) President—The duties of the president shall be
(a) to serve as chief executive officer of the local;
(b) to call and preside at the general, local council and executive committee meetings of this 
local association;
(c) to exercise general supervision over the affairs of this local association;
(d) to be an ex officio member on all committees; and
(e) to serve as a representative to representative assemblies.

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 4

(2) Vice-president—The duties of the vice-president shall be
(a) to assist the president in the discharge of the president’s duties;
(b) to take charge of the affairs of this local association in the absence of the president;
(c) to act as chair of the induction committee; and
(d) to serve as a representative to all representative assemblies.

(3) Past president—The duties of the past president shall be
(a) to act as advisor to the president;
(b) to act as chair of the nominating committee;
(c) to act as chair of the local constitution committee and policy review committee;
(d) to act as chair of the local ARA committee; and
(e) to serve as a representative of all representative assemblies.

(4) Secretary—The duties of the secretary shall be
(a) to keep accurate records of all proceedings of this local association;
(b) to bring before the executive committee of this local association all communications received 
by the local;
(c) to prepare and send to the head office of The Alberta Teachers’ Association such statements and 
reports as may be required from time to time;
(d) to prepare an agenda for business of all local council, executive and general meetings in 
consultation with the president;
(e) to prepare and send notices calling all local council, executive and general meetings; and
(f) to keep a ratified copy of the local constitution and policy with the minutes.

(5) Treasurer—The duties of the treasurer shall be
(a) to keep accurate records and present reports of all moneys received and collected and to take 
charge of same;
(b) to make the necessary disbursement of the funds of this local;
(c) to prepare a financial statement for audit purposes; and
(d) to prepare, at the direction of the executive committee, an annual budget for the local.

(6) School representatives—The duties of the school representatives shall be
(a) to represent their staffs at council meetings and
(b) to report on the activities of the local council to their school staffs and such other duties 
as are requested by the local council or The Alberta Teacher’ Association.

(7) ARA representatives—The duties of ARA representatives shall be
(a) to represent this local association at all representative assemblies;
(b) to report the proceedings of all representative assemblies to local council;
(c) to attend meetings of local council; and
(d) to be members of the resolutions committee.

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 5

(8) Communications officer—The duties of the communications officer shall be
(a) to carry out a communications program with the teachers in the local and between the local and 
its various publics and
(b) to obtain approval of all publications from the executive.

Committees
The committees of this local shall include:

12. (1) Teacher welfare committee (TWC)— The teacher welfare committee shall operate under a frame 
of reference approved by the local council and subject to ratification by the Provincial Executive 
Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association. An amendment procedure shall be specified in the 
frame of reference. The Wolf Creek TWC shall prepare for and oversee negotiations and oversee the 
enforcement of the collective agreement on behalf of the teachers who are employed by Wolf Creek 
School Division No 72.

(2) Professional development (PD) committee—This committee shall promote high standards of teaching 
practice and professional development in the local, in order to enhance the quality of education 
for students.

(3) Liaison committee—This committee shall voice concerns of this local to a committee of the 
school board and central office.

(4) Communications office—This committee shall raise the awareness of educational issues to 
teachers and all publics of this local.

(5) Wellness committee—This committee shall foster and maintain a climate that is conducive to the 
promotion of teachers’ personal and professional wellness within the local.

(6) Constitution committee—This committee shall meet to review and revise the constitution and 
policies of this local.

(7) Political involvement committee/public education committee—This committee shall influence 
decisions affecting public education and teachers.

(8) Annual Representative Assembly committee—This committee shall review Association policy and may 
propose resolutions for consideration at ARA.

(9) Substitute teachers committee—This committee shall advance the professional skills and 
knowledge unique to substitute teaching and shall advance within the local the special interests of 
substitute teachers.

(10) Nominations committee—This committee shall prepare a slate of candidates for elected positions 
in the local.

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 6

(11) Such other committees as the local may appoint from time to time and as outlined in the policy 
statements.

Elections
13. (1) The officers: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and ARA delegates shall be 
elected annually by vote of the members of this local association not later than June 1 of each 
school year. The local shall elect its teacher welfare committee members as required.

(2) A vacancy on the executive committee occurring between annual elections shall be filled by 
election of a member of this local association by local council.

(3) Should one or more of the local ARA representatives be unable to fulfil the term of office, 
replacements shall be elected by the local council.

Provincial Association Intervention
14. (1) In this section
(a) investigated local officer means a local officer whose conduct is under investigation pursuant 
to subsection (2);
(b) investigator is the individual appointed by the table officers pursuant to subsection (2);
(c) local officer means the president, vice-president, past president or secretary-treasurer (or 
secretary or treasurer) of a local association or any other officer appointed or elected by a local 
association;
(d) Provincial Executive Council means the executive council as defined in Section 11 of the
Teaching Profession Act;
(e) table officers means the Association’s officers as defined in Bylaw 35;
(f) executive secretary means the chief executive officer of the Association or a person designated 
by the executive secretary; and
(g) staff officer means a member of executive staff designated by the executive secretary.

Suspension or Removal from Office of Local Officers
(2) Where the table officers have or receive information which leads them to believe that a local 
officer
(a) has neglected his or her duties to the extent that the proper operation of the local 
association is being negatively affected,
(b) is mentally incapacitated,
(c) is engaging in corrupt practices,
(d) is engaging in financial malpractice or
(e) has undertaken activities inconsistent with the principles and policies of The Alberta 
Teachers’ Association,
the table officers may initiate an investigation into the conduct of the local officer by 
appointing an individual to conduct an investigation and to provide a written report to the table 
officers within a specified time with respect to the results of the investigation.

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 7

(3) In the course of the intervention under Section 14, an investigated local officer is entitled 
to have access to a staff officer for advice.

(4) The table officers may, taking into account the nature of the alleged conduct, the urgency of 
the matter in question and any submission from the investigated local officer, suspend an 
investigated local officer from office pending the completion of the investigation and may 
terminate the suspension at any time if the table officers conclude that the suspension is no 
longer warranted.

(5) The table officers may appoint another individual to assume the duties of the investigated 
local officer during the period of the suspension.

(6) The investigated local officer may appeal a suspension from office under subsection (4) to the 
Provincial Executive Council by filing a notice of appeal with the executive secretary within 30 
days of being notified of the suspension.

(7) If an investigated local officer appeals his or her suspension, Provincial Executive Council 
shall, as soon as practicable, consider representations of the table officers and the investigated 
local officer and shall determine if the suspension should be continued pending the conclusion of 
the investigation or should be set aside.

(8) During the investigation the investigated local officer shall be provided with an opportunity 
to provide a response to the investigator with respect to the concerns about the investigated local 
officer’s conduct.

(9) An investigated local officer may, in the course of the investigation, submit his or her 
resignation to the executive secretary.

(10) Where an investigated local officer resigns in accordance with subsection (9), the 
investigation shall be continued with the cooperation of the investigated local officer, and the 
resignation does not extinguish any liability that the investigated local officer may have with 
respect to acts which occurred during the period the office was held.

(11) The investigated local officer has a duty to cooperate during the investigation and the 
investigator may direct the investigated local officer or any other member of The Alberta Teachers’ 
Association to
(a) answer any inquiries the investigator may have relating to the investigation;
(b) produce any records or other property in the investigated local officer’s possession or under 
his or her control that are or may be related in any way to the investigation;
(c) give up possession of any record for the purpose of allowing the investigator to make a copy 
and return the records within a reasonable time of receiving the records; and
(d) attend before the investigator for the purpose of complying with (a), (b) or (c) of this 
subsection.

Wolf Creek Local No 3 Constitution, p 8

(12) In the event that the investigated local officer fails or refuses to cooperate with the 
investigator, the failure to do so shall be noted by the investigator in his or her report to the 
table officers.

(13) Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall submit a written report to the 
table officers and a copy of the written report shall be provided to the investigated local 
officer.

(14) The table officers, upon consideration of the report of the investigator, may make one or more 
of the following orders:
(a) remove the investigated local officer from office;
(b) restrict the investigated local officer’s eligibility for office in the future;
(c) if the investigated local officer was suspended during the investigation, reinstate the 
investigated local officer to office and impose any conditions or restrictions that the table 
officers consider appropriate in the circumstances;
and shall advise the investigated local officer and Provincial Executive Council of their decision.

(15) If the table officers remove the investigated local officer from office, then the table 
officers may appoint another individual to assume the duties of the investigated local officer 
until a new local officer is elected or appointed to the position in accordance with this 
constitution.

(16) The investigated local officer may appeal the decision of the table officers under subsection 
(14) by filing a notice of appeal with the executive secretary within 30 days after being notified 
of the decision.

(17) If an investigated local officer appeals the decision of the table officers, Provincial 
Executive Council shall, as soon as practicable, consider representations of the table officers and 
the investigated local officer and shall determine if the decision of the table officers shall be 
confirmed, varied or set aside.

(18) In an appeal under subsection (7) or (17), the table officers may make submissions to 
Provincial Executive Council respecting the outcome of the appeal.

Official Trustee
(19) Subject to a two-thirds majority vote, Provincial Executive Council may appoint an official 
trustee to conduct the affairs of the local, subject to any terms and conditions the Provincial 
Executive Council considers necessary:
(a) when a local council fails to comply with the requirements of Section 8.(5);
(b) when the Provincial Executive Council considers it in the interests of the Association to do 
so.

(20) The local may appeal the appointment of an official trustee to a representative assembly.

(21) An official trustee appointed under subsection (19) has the powers and duties conferred by the 
General Bylaws on a local and conferred by this constitution.

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(22) On appointment of an official trustee to the local association, the officers of the local 
cease
to hold office as officers of the local.

(23) An official trustee continues in office until Provincial Executive Council or a representative 
assembly determines that the official trusteeship is no longer necessary.
General
15. (1) The financial year of this local shall be July 1 to June 30.
(2) Upon presentation of receipts, this local association shall reimburse members acting on its
behalf for all authorized out-of-pocket expenses.

(3) Upon presentation of receipts, this local association shall pay all expenses determined and 
authorized by the local council.

(4) Amendment to this constitution may be made after a two-month notice of motion and 
recommendation of the executive committee and/or the local council by a two-thirds majority vote at 
a general meeting of this local association and subject to ratification by the Provincial Executive 
Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
Ratified by Provincial Executive Council 1994 12 03; 1996 01 08 Amendments ratified by TOC on 
behalf of PEC 1999 09 10 Revised as per PEC requirements, 2011 02 04
Revised as per 2012 06 14–15 PEC requirements;
Revised as per 2017 06 08–09 PEC requirements;
Revised as per 2018 02 26–27 PEC requirements