UNDERSTANDING THE ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION OF SUFFOLK AME
Suffolk AME’s mission is to negotiate and enforce an equitable contract for each of our members, but it doesn’t stop there. Your Union disseminates memos and communicates important information to members in a timely manner, and AME steps up to protect your rights in the event there are unsafe activities or workspaces reported, or if there are grievances filed on behalf of or against members, in addition to a litany of other important day-to-day tasks.
8 Elected Executive Board members work full-time handling the day-to-day operations of the Union and serve as liaisons to one or more of the many individual Unit Boards and several standing committees, which all members have the opportunity to serve on.
Each of Suffolk AME’s 30 individual Units is led by a Unit President. The Unit Presidents, along with the 8-member Executive Board, make up the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the governing body of AME and meets about once a month. Its job is to establish policy for the Association, enforce the members' Bill of Rights, approve the fiscal budget, and vote on all matters presented to it.
AME holds an annual convention attended by elected officers and delegates, which is open to the membership at large. Issues about the Constitution and Bylaws are addressed at this open forum, which invites direct participation and allows for all of our members to have a voice. A variety of workshops and seminars are held during conventions to educate the membership and keep them informed on issues vital to the Union.