Whereas the RID Board voted at the 13 November 2005 Board Meeting to adopt Motion 2005.39 and;
Whereas Motion 2005.39 approved an “operating policy which would further ensure that RID is not in violation of antitrust statutes” and;
Whereas RID has a requirement to hold membership in order to maintain certification with the organization and:
Whereas the policy of linking membership with certification is being severed and;
Whereas the creation of CASLI has divested certification responsibilities from the RID parent organization and;
Whereas the membership desires the ability to hold a certification without requiring membership in RID and;
Whereas creating a certified non-member category would further the policy on antitrust and further clarify the separation of rights and responsibilities between RID and CASLI;
THEREFORE, the bylaws need to be amended to include the category of a certified non-member with all attendant changes to reflect that change.
|Estimated Fiscal Impact:
Potential positive impact in retrieving individuals who wish to be certified, but do not wish to be members of RID.
Negative impact will occur on national headquarters in order to include the certified non-member category on the online platforms, revise documentation, and make other associated changes to reflect this motion. This will come in the form of the time and resources of the national office being invested in making this change.
Since this is the development of a new member category, the fees for the new category may be set to accurately reflect the costs required of the national office in order to recoup that investment.
CURRENT LANGUAGE WITH AMENDMENTS SHOWN
Article III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Categories of Membership
This corporation shall have the following categories of non-transferable membership:
- Voting Members
- Certified Member
- Associate Member
- Non-voting Members
- Certified Member: Inactive
- Certified Member: Retired
- Student Member
- Supporting Member
- Organizational/Institutional Member
This corporation shall have the following category for non-member certification holders. Non-member certification holders are not eligible for membership benefits or rights.
- Certification Holders, Non-voting, Non-Members
- Certified non-Member
- Certified non-Member: Inactive
- Certified non-Member: Retired
Section 2. Eligibility
- Certified Member/Certified Non-Member: Any interpreter or transliterator of American Sign Language and/or English who holds valid certification accepted by the RID.
- Associate Member (pre-certified): Any individual who is actively engaged in the interpretation of American Sign Language and English and/or the transliteration of English, but who does not hold valid certification accepted by the RID.
- Certified Member/Certified Non-Member: Inactive – A certified
member individual who experiences, voluntarily or involuntarily, a life-altering event or activity which precludes them from working as an interpreter or transliterator.
- Certified Member/Certified Non-Member: Retired – A certified
member individual who upon reaching the age of fifty-five (55) or older elects to retire from working as an interpreter or transliterator.
- Student Member: Any pre-certified individual currently enrolled in a course of study in interpretation of American Sign Language and English and/or the transliteration of English.
- Supporting Member: Any non-certified individual with an interest in supporting the purposes and activities of the corporation who does not meet eligibility requirements for Sections 2.A, 2.B, 2.C, 2.D, or 2.E. under Article III. MEMBERSHIP.
- Organizational/Institutional Member: Any organization/institution with an interest in supporting the purposes and activities of the corporation.
Section 6. Change of Membership Category
member who has a change in membership category will immediately be entitled to the privileges thereof. Beginning with the next fiscal year, all dues, fees, and assessments for that member individual shall be based on the new membership category.
||While we appreciate the efforts made by the Bylaws Committee in addressing potential antitrust violations, RID HQ recognizes that the motion as made has operational and implementation issues:
- It has no implementation schedule; as a result, it would become effective immediately.
- RID currently has no internal systems to handle a non-member certified category. Implementing this requires changes to multiple systems, including accounting, the CRM database, and more.
- Changing internal systems, especially the CRM database, requires time and budget. The current FY20 budget is being proposed, but there has been no funding as of yet allocated to this project.
- Article XII in the Bylaws state: “The Board of Directors shall not increase or decrease membership dues by more than ten percent (10%) without a majority vote of the membership either at the biennial meeting or by referendum.” Significant restructuring of the dues and fees would be a requirement for separation.
The interest in establishing a separate non-member category for certified members has been a topic for discussion by the membership since approximately 2008, and was part of the work of the Strategic Challenges/Bylaws Review Task Force (see here: https://rid.org/organizational-design-announcement/ )
HQ is supportive of the idea of separating membership and certification to ensure RID complies with anti-trust policies AND, as the article linked above states, improve the Member Experience. At the same time, we want to make sure that this is done correctly.
As part of our response, RID Headquarters proposes a SUBSTITUTE MOTION:
Motion: The RID Board, with the assistance and collaboration of Headquarters and legal counsel, is to perform a risk assessment on the viability, process and timeline for implementation of a plan to separate membership from certification. This risk assessment would be a report due to the membership by February 2020.
- RID’s Board of Directors is undergoing significant turnover.
- RID is currently searching for a new permanent CEO. The timeline for this person’s hire is estimated to be in the fall of 2019.
- Setting the report due date of February, 2020 gives all these individuals time to get up to speed, and means that the report can be published in the February issue of VIEWS.