2016 Resolution

April 14th, 2016

This is the only resolution submitted for review and a vote to the NACCS 2016 membership.

Submitted by the SoCal and Mexico Focos
Support: Midwest Foco, Graduate Student Caucus, Indigenous Caucus, K-12 Caucus

Resolution to Establish a Labor Caucus

WHEREAS, pursuant to ARTICLE VIII: CAUCUSES of NACCS By-Laws which provides the rules and procedures for caucuses; and

WHEREAS, Section 6: Rules Governing the Establishment of a New Caucus of ARTICLE VIII provides the rules for establishing a new caucus in NACCS; and

WHEREAS, we find a need for a space within our association that explicitly focuses on organized, unorganized, paid and unpaid labor and working class Chican@ movements; and

WHEREAS, we note that there is no caucus whose primary focus is on the praxis or power of workplace democracy and its impact on the daily lived labor realities of Chican@s

WHEREAS, we understand that there is overlap between all caucuses which share ideological, campaign and research interests; and

WHEREAS, we have identified this need and collected the required signatures from dues paying NACCS members and met the threshold outlined in Section 6 to establish a new caucus; and

WHEREAS, the Southern California-Mexico FOCO sponsors this resolution that calls for the creation of a Labor Caucus; and

WHEREAS, our goal is to have the caucus be a space to convene scholars who focus on issues of Labor and have a space to develop and present their work in a centralized space as well as have a consistent thematic presence within NACCS through organized panels, plenaries and regular meetings; and

WHEREAS, we aim to use the caucus space to organize and recruit scholars to the field of Chican@ Labor to engage in and advance action research and praxis related to issues of Labor in their respective local communities;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED
, that NACCS establish a new Labor Caucus at the NACCS 2016 annual conference in Denver Colorado.

By-Law implications: Yes
Financial implications: Yes


By Law implications:

“ARTICLE VIII, Section 6: Rules Governing the Establishment of a New Caucus
A proposal for a new Caucus shall first be presented to the National Board for review with a list of 30 paid NACCS members representing the new group. A new Caucus must bring a diverse perspective not represented within an established caucus or in the discipline. If approved by the National Board, the proposed Caucus members shall then submit a resolution to the general membership for a vote at the national business meeting. If the resolution is passed by the membership the group shall become a new Caucus as an ad-hoc committee for a period of two years. The Chair(s) is responsible for organizing and locating meeting space at the annual conference. At the end of two years, the ad-hoc committee must submit a mission statement, activity report, and membership list of NACCS paid members representing a new Caucus. Upon the recommendation of the National Board the ad-hoc committee becomes a permanent Caucus or may continue as an ad-hoc committee.”

The proposal for the new caucus was presented to Board during the annual conference in Denver. A list of names were submitted and 30 names were verified as current members. The proposal was approved by the Board and is now being submitted to a member vote for approval. If the submitted resolution passes by a 2/3’s member vote the ad hoc committee will need to successfully complete the additional requirements as described above. If completed after the 2 year period the following description will be added to the bylaws.

Labor Caucus: The Labor Caucus is a space within our association that brings together scholars that explicitly focus on organized, unorganized, paid and unpaid labor and working class Chican@ movements. Its primary focus is on the praxis and power of workplace democracy and its impact on the daily, lived labor realities of Chican@s. Our goal is to have the caucus be a space to convene scholars who focus on issues of Chican@ Labor and help them develop and present their work. We aim to organize and recruit scholars to the field of Chican@ Labor to engage in and advance action research as well as organize in their respective local communities to fight for the rights and interests of all workers.