GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016 – TSEU UNBREAKABLE!

contest-rulesOctober 14-16 / Austin / be there!
TSEU General Assembly 2016

WHAT IS GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The TSEU General Assembly is a statewide meeting of elected delegates and other TSEU members and families.It is held every even-numbered year. The General Assembly considers and adopts the broad strategic plans that guide decision-making in TSEU for the next two years. These plans are generally contained within the Organizing Program and Political Program. Specific legislative goals for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature are also contained in the Political Program. The General Assembly also makes decisions and adopts positions on various specific questions, including election of TSEU candidates for the ERS and TRS boards of trustees.
All members present at the General Assembly can participate in debates, discussions, and meetings. The final vote on issues is restricted to elected delegates. The General Assembly marks the beginning of the mobilization campaign to win specific victories. The enthusiasm and determination that begins with General Assembly allows members to go back out to our cities and towns ready to do the organizing and mobilizing it takes to win. Finally, the General Assembly is the best opportunity for TSEU members from across the state to meet one another, renew friendships, and enjoy the companionship of fellow TSEU members and families. (take a look back at General Assembly 2014)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

When and where: The 2016 TSEU General Assembly will be held October 14-16, at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel (corner of I-35 and Oltorf).

Post-banquet Saturday Dance/Party: This family friendly, casual dance and is open to all members. It’s a tradition and one of the highlights of the weekend.

Rooms and meals:  Rooms will be at the Best Western. People registering late may be assigned to over-flow rooms at other motels as needed. Rooms will be double occupancy (shared) unless you arrange and pay for a private room at additional cost. Meals include supper Friday; breakfast, lunch, and the banquet on Saturday; and breakfast on Sunday. Check with TSEU for details.

Child care:  Child care will be available for meeting times only. Families are responsible for their children the rest of the time.  You must notify the TSEU Austin office by September 13 if you will need child care.

Fees:
GENERAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATES: $50.
Covers meals, registration, and double occupancy room (Add $126 for a private room)
ALL OTHERS (includes family members and delegate alternates who are not replacing a delegate):
Room: $126 shared or $252 private
Meals: $60 including banquet, $20 banquet only
Registration: $20 (includes t-shirt)
Other costs: $15 for Lobby Day 2017 bus ticket (optional)
Reimbursable travel expenses:  (delegates only) from work locations outside a 200-mile circle around Austin. Up to $50 in travel-related expenses. Delegates can combine reimbursements. Contact your TSEU office for details. No other expenses are reimbursable.

Registration deadline:
Everyone planning to attend must complete a registration form and pay all fees by September 15.

DELEGATE ELECTION DETAILS

Delegates are elected on the basis of 1 per 50 members, based on May ‘16 membership.  Delegates will be elected by groups according to the Executive Board-approved list.

Qualifications for Delegates: The nominee must be a member in good standing as of May. In good standing means listed on the May membership report and paying dues on current schedule, or signs upgrade when nominated. The nominee must be an active employee or retiree from a unit organized by TSEU, and must work at or be retired from a location in that delegate group. Associate members are not eligible to serve as delegates. A nominee must agree to serve as a delegate, if elected.

Qualifications to Vote for Delegates: All TSEU members in good standing as of May or members who have signed an upgrade form prior to the election are eligible to vote. Members may vote only in their assigned delegate group. Upgrade forms will be available at the election site.

Nominations: A member may be nominated by any member in that delegate group, including his/herself. Nominations will be taken at any time on or before the voting day and can be made in 3 different ways:
In person at a meeting or at the election
By mail, addressed to the TSEU organizing office that covers the area
By phone or in person to a TSEU organizer responsible for that delegate election
In all cases, the member making the nomination must identify his/herself and be in good standing. To nominate by telephone you must speak directly to a TSEU organizer. No nominations by fax or email will be accepted.

VOTING:

Most elections will be by secret, written ballot. Members must be present to vote. Voting will take place only at announced times and places. When it is not practical, due to distances between work locations, to conduct elections in person, the election will be by mail ballot. Members in groups that vote by mail will receive additional information. You may vote for the number of delegates to which the group is entitled, and can only vote once for any nominee. Alternates are those receiving highest numbers of votes after all delegate positions are filled.

AUSTIN - CENTRAL TEXAS

AUSTIN – CENTRAL TEXAS

SAN ANTONIO - SOUTH TEXAS

SAN ANTONIO – SOUTH TEXAS

EAST TEXAS

EAST TEXAS

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HOUSTON – SOUTHEAST TEXAS

WEST TEXAS

WEST TEXAS

DFW - NORTH TEXAS

DFW – NORTH TEXAS