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Article 1 Name

The name of the Association is the Association of Music School Teachers, the Association is party to the Icelandic Teachers’ Union. The Association’s area of activities is all of the country of Iceland. Its domicile and venue is in Reykjavík.

Article 2 Role

  • The Association’s role is to: manage the affairs of music school teachers and principals who are members of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union,
  • act as a champion for the interests of the members of the Association and to make collective bargaining agreements for the Association,
  • hold meetings and courses in music schools for the union stewards of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union,
  • organise the election of representatives to the convention of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union,
  • gather and disseminate information on the development of music teaching as well as on professional matters concerning music schools,
  • promote collaboration with associations and agencies in Iceland and abroad and to act as liaison to Government,
  • promote cooperation and professional discussion among members and with interested parties,
  • advance improvements in musical teaching and strengthen the status of music instruction in Iceland.

Article 3 Membership

Everyone who works as a teacher or administrator at a music school or an institution dealing with or connected with music teaching and is a member of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union and is being represented by the Association of Music Teachers during collective bargaining agreement negotiations according to Act No. 94/1986 on the Collective Bargaining Agreements of Civil Servants or agreements with the employee in question, are members of the Association of Music Teachers.

Article 4 District departments

The Association of Music Teachers is divided into three district departments:

  • Western Iceland and the West-fjords,
  • North and East Iceland,
  • the greater Reykjavik area, South Iceland and the South-Western Peninsula.

The role of the district departments is, i.a., to act as a liaison with the office and the administration of the Association. Each district department operates in cooperation with the Music Teachers’ Association (FT) and its administration to hold meetings to prepare and organise music school’s district conventions and learning courses for union stewards and for other district oriented events. Each district department makes proposals for the nomination of representatives for the Association’s General Meeting and for the Icelandic Teachers’ Union conventions. Each district department must have an administrative board of three members, one of whom is the chairman. The board of the district department issues operational procedures in consultancy with the Management Board of the Association.

Article 5 Professional groups

Professional groups may be established, in which case they should operate nationally.

Professional groups support the advancement of certain issues, each group in its own sphere of activities, and should act as advisors to the Management Board of the Association and its various committees and councils. The establishment and the purview of professional groups shall be limited to the education and/or the field of work of the music teacher/Board Members in question and requires the confirmation of the Association’s Management Board.

Article 6 The General Meeting

The General Meeting of the Association of Music Teachers shall be convened once every three years in connection with the Convention of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union. The General Meeting holds the supreme authority in the affairs of the Association, cf. however Articles 20 and 21 of these Articles of Association. The General Meeting is attended by the Management Board and the Alternate Management Board, the Board of the Professional Council for Music Schools, the Negotiations Committee, the Association’s representatives in other committees and councils on behalf of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union and one representative for every 50 members or a proportion of the number that may be in excess of 50. Their term of office is the period between the General Meetings.

The General Meeting must be convened with at least six weeks’ notice. Proposals submitted for discussion at the General Meeting must be received by the Association’s Board no later than four weeks prior to the General Meeting. The materials for the General Meeting must be sent out at least two weeks prior to the Meeting.

The General Meeting is legitimate if it has been legally convened.

The General Meeting is open to all members. Every member has the right to vote at the General Meeting.

Article 7 Agenda of the General Meeting:

  1. Report of the Board
  2. Annual accounts of the Association
  3. Legal amendments
  4. Election of a new Management Board
  5. The election of board members to the Board of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union
  6. The election of two examiners of the annual accounts and one alternate
  7. The election of three delegates to the Negotiations Committee (cf. Article 16)
  8. Other business

Article 8 The election of representatives to the General Meeting of the Association, the convention of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union and the boards of the Music Schools’ Professional Council and the Association’s district departments

The Management Board of the Association may chose between three options when electing representatives and delegates:

  1. At an elective meeting that is convoked with at least 10 days’ notice. More than one elective meetings or election offices may be held or operated in the Association.
  2. In the event of a mail election the members will receive ballots by mail. After voting each will send his/her ballot to the Association’s Management Board/Election Board or will deliver the ballot to the union steward within the designated timeframe.
  3. According to a recommendation submitted by the Association’s Management Board, or by the Boards of the district departments or by individual members. In the event that the number of members standing for election is equal to the number to be elected, the members will be elected unopposed.

Article 9 Annual Meeting

Any year when there is no General Meeting, the Management Board of the Association must convene an Annual Meeting in which i.a. there will be discussions regarding the activities of the Association and the work schedule and, in addition, the accounts must be submitted. The Management Board and the alternate board, the Board of the Professional Council for Music Schools, the Negotiation Committee and the Association’s representatives on other committees and councils of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union have the right to attend the Annual Meetings. The Association’s Management Board has power of attorney to summon additional representatives if the need arises. The Annual Meeting must be convened with at least two weeks notice. Annual Meetings are open to all members.

Article 10 Association meetings

Association meetings must be held when the Board considers necessary, or if 1/10 of members so request and specify the meeting’s agenda.

Article 11 Management Board

The Management Board of the Association is composed of five persons and three alternates, the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Secretary, the Treasurer and a Board member. The Board’s term of office is the period between the General Meetings.

The Management Board and their substitutes are elected at the Association’s General Meetings. The Chairman is elected separately but other Board members are all elected together and they subsequently allocate tasks among themselves.

Article 12 Role of the Management Board

The Association‘s Management Board attends to the affairs of the Association during the period between the General Meetings and follows up on resolutions passed by the General Meetings and conducts its business according to the role of the Association, cf. Article 2 of these Articles of Association.

The Management Board holds Board meetings as frequently as it deems necessary. The Chairman presides at Board meetings and steers the agenda of such meetings. A simple majority is needed to ensure that the decisions of Board meetings are legitimate. Meetings of the Board are legitimate if 2/3 of Board members attend.

Article 13 Minutes of the meetings

The Secretary of the Association keeps the minutes of the meetings and the minutes must be approved at the Board meeting and signed by the Secretary and the Chairman.

Article 14 Financial affairs and accounting

The Convention of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union decides the allocation of membership fees. The Association’s Treasurer supervises the Association’s financial affairs and must submit audited annual accounts at the General Meeting. The accounting year of the Association is the calendar year.

Article 15 Election of Board members to the Icelandic Teachers’ Union

The Association’s Chairman has a seat on the Board of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union and the vice Chairman is his/her alternate during his/her absence. In addition, one representative must be elected to the Board of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union if the number of its members exceeds a total of 1,800, and three representatives shall be elected if their number exceeds a total of 5,400. The Board members of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union shall be elected at the General Meeting and an equal number as alternates, cf. this provision.

Article 16 Negotiation Committee

During the General Meeting of the Association, three representatives shall be elected who, along with the Management Board of the Association, compose the Negotiation Committee which conducts the collective bargaining agreement negotiations on behalf of its members, cf. Act No. 94/1986 on the Collective Bargaining Agreements of Civil Servants. The members of the Negotiation Committee shall allocate tasks among themselves.

The role of the Negotiation Committee is as follows:

  • to prepare and finalise the statement of claims,
  • to conduct collective bargaining,
  • to reach a decision whether a vote should be taken with respect to a strike,
  • to reach a decision whether a collective bargaining agreement should be signed with reservations regarding the approval of members and whether a strike should be postponed.

The Chairman or the Vice-Chairman of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union work with the Negotiation Committee according to the further determination of the Associations’ Management Board at any particular time.

Article 17 The Professional Council for Music Schools

Each Music School is entitled to nominate one representative to the Professional Council for Music Schools. The head/representative for educational affairs of the municipality in question shall make nominations to the Council, or as the case may be, the School Board (of self-governing institutions). The nominees are nominated for a period of two years at a time. Others who are entitled to a membership in the council are: The Chairmen of the Boards of the district departments, the music school principals, the union steward/the music school teachers’ representative and the Management Board of the Association of Music School Teachers.

Article 18 The Board of the Professional Council for Music Schools

Four representatives from the Professional Council sit on the Board of the Professional Council for Music Schools, cf. the following division, in addition to the Management Board of the Association of Music School Teachers:

  • from Western Iceland and the West-fjords – one representative,
  • from North and East Iceland – one representative,
  • from the greater Reykjavik area, Southern Iceland and the South-Western peninsula – two representatives.

The representatives of the Professional Council on the Board shall be nominated/elected at each location prior to the Annual Meeting/ General Meeting of the Association. The Board of the Professional Council shall select from among its group four members to occupy the role of the Association, cf. Article 29 of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union Articles of Association. In other respects the Board shall allocate tasks among its members.

Article 19 The role of the Professional Council for Music Schools

The role of the Professional Council for Music Schools is to:

  • discuss professional issues and school affairs,
  • promote cooperation between professional parties and government agencies,
  • promote cooperation within each district,
  • monitor the development of music education in Iceland and abroad,
  • promote music education and musical life.

Article 20 Referendum on collective bargaining agreements, the proclaiming of strikes, etc.

Collective bargaining agreements and the proclaiming of a strike must be put to a secret written ballot referendum among the members of the Association, in accordance with Act No. 94/1986 on the Collective Bargaining Agreements of Public Servants. The voters’ list must be based on the membership list during the month in which the referendum takes place. The Association’s Board may conduct a referendum on other important issues that will be particular subjects of the General Meeting.

Article 21 Amendments to the Articles of Association

These Articles of Association may be amended at the General Meeting of the Association, provided that the amendments have been presented in the documents available at the meeting. Proposals for amendments to the Articles of Association must be received by the Management Board four weeks prior to the General Meeting. For an amendment to be upheld it must be approved by at least 2/3 of votes cast. Amendments to the Articles of Association will only be implemented when the Board of the Icelandic Teachers’ Union has ratified the amendments.

Interim provision:

At the first election of the respective Boards of the Professional Council for the Music Schools and for the Association’s district departments, the Management Board of the Association of Music Teachers must invite candidacies and nominations and organise the Board officers’ election according to Article 8 of these Articles of Association. At the first election the voting takes place after the General Meeting has ended.

Passed at the General Meeting on 29 February 2008

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