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Can someone please clarify what the rules are of presenting a tentative collective bargaining agreement to the union members prior to a vote?

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On 9/1/2017 at 1:11 PM, Guest Jana said:

Can someone please clarify what the rules are of presenting a tentative collective bargaining agreement to the union members prior to a vote?

RONR doesn't address this specific case, but presumably the ratification of the tentative agreement (T.A.) would be moved as a main motion at a meeting of the general membership, typically by the reporting member of the negotiating committee. 

It would probably be wise for the committee to entertain questions (Request for Information) from the membership, after providing written copies of the the contents of the T.A.

Voting on approval would take place at the meeting, or at polling places and times set by rule or custom.  If the motion fails, the assembly would probably recommit the matter to the committee with or without instructions.

In general, there is nothing particularly unusual from a parliamentary point of view about this motion, as compared to any other.  However, while it would technically be in order to amend the motion to ratify the T.A., it would not be in order to amend the T.A. itself, as it is the product of the negotiations process, having been agreed to by both sides.  If, during debate, the assembly wishes to communicate desired changes, it could do so informally or move to specifically instruct the committee to return to the bargaining table to seek particular changes.

Your bylaws may have specifics rules that supersede those in RONR.

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