EASTERN GREAT LAKES DISTRICT CUPE COUNCIL
Final approval from National President – February 10, 2016
Approved by the National President Aug. 18, 2014 with one amendment –Article 13
Approved by the Membership October 7, 2013
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE 1 – NAME.. 3
ARTICLE 2 – AIMS AND OBJECTIVES. 3
ARTICLE 3 – POWERS. 4
ARTICLE 4 – MEMBERSHIP. 4
ARTICLE 5 – REPRESENTATION.. 4
ARTICLE 6 – MEMBERSHIP FEES. 5
ARTICLE 7 – OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS. 5
ARTICLE 8 – DUTIES OF OFFICERS. 6
ARTICLE 9 – DELEGATES TO CONVENTION.. 7
ARTICLE 10 – MEETINGS. 8
ARTICLE 11 – FINANCIAL MATTERS. 8
ARTICLE 12 – COMMITTEES. 9
ARTICLE 13 – SECTORAL GROUPS CO-COORDINATING COMMITTEES. 9
ARTICLE 14 – AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.. 10
ARTICLE 15 – OBLIGATION OF DELEGATES. 10
ARTICLE 16 – POLICY.. 10
ORDER OF BUSINESS. 11
These By-Laws are designed to give proper balance to the administration of the Eastern Great Lakes District CUPE Council. Duties and responsibilities of elected officers and members of the committees should be as widely dispersed as possible. While various committees have been designated as “Standing” committees, this does not preclude the possibility of special committees being established from time to time as may be required. In order to improve and maintain the social and economic welfare of its members, and to give clear evidence of its recognition of the unity of organized labour, this Council has been formed and does now establish these By-Laws for its Government. The Constitution of this Council shall be the Constitution of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
1.01 This Council, chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, shall be known as the Eastern Great Lakes District CUPE Council and shall be subject to the Constitution of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Canadian Labour Congress.
2.01 The aims and objectives of this Council shall be;
- To support the principles and policies of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
- To use its influence to unite its affiliates in co-coordinating a collective bargaining program.
- To assist in the organization of the unorganized public employees in the locality into unions for their mutual aid, protection and advancement.
- To aid and encourage the sale and use of union made goods and services.
- To secure legislation which will safeguard and improve the rights of public employees through maximum participation of its affiliates in the overall program of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and through the maximum participation of the Council in municipal affairs.
- To promote public relation programs both at the local and Council levels.
- To safeguard the democratic character of the labour movement, and to observe and respect the autonomy of each affiliated local.
- While preserving the independence of the labour movement from political control, to encourage workers to vote, to exercise their full right and responsibilities of citizenship, and to perform their rightful part of the political life of the Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments.
- 9. To promote educational opportunities for CUPE members.
3.01 When, and if the Council becomes defunct, its funds and properties shall revert to the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
3.02 The National Executive Board shall have the same power over this Council as over Chartered Local Unions in accordance with the terms of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Constitution.
3.03 This Council shall have only co-coordinating and advisory powers. Policy shall remain vested in the local unions, in accordance with the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
4.01 Membership in this Council shall be open to all local unions in the Eastern Great Lakes District chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. To remain an affiliate a local must abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of this Council.
4.02 This Council shall not be dissolved while there are five (5) local unions remaining in affiliation.
5.01 Each affiliated local union shall be entitled to have four (4) voting delegates present at any regular or special meeting of the Council. Alternate delegates may be appointed or elected by each affiliate, but each affiliate will be allowed only four (4) voting delegates at any meeting.
5.02 Each affiliated local union shall notify the Council, in writing, of the names of the delegates/alternates who will be representing their local on the Council.
5.03 Any affiliate which is three (3) months or more in arrears in per capita payments to the Council may be liable to suspension of affiliation.
5.04 Any delegate representing a local union affiliated with this Council may be suspended or expelled, for conduct unbecoming a delegate, from membership in the Council by a majority roll call vote at a meeting. In such eases the local union which the delegate represents will be notified and requested to replace the delegate. Any decision to expel may be appealed to the National Executive Board of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The decision will be in force and effect during the appeal.
5.05 National Executive Board members, CUPE Ontario Executive Board members and Staff Representatives may attend Council meetings with voice, but without vote.
6.01 Each affiliated local shall pay a per capita payment of ten cents (10¢) per member per month and to increase one cent (1¢) per member per month each year as-of January 2005 and every January thereafter to a maximum of twenty-five cents (25¢). Per capita to the Council shall be paid semi-annually or annually in advance and shall be paid on the same basis as per capita payments to the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
6.02 All monies collected by the Treasurer for per capita payment or from any other source, shall remain in the property of the Council until properly expended. Any affiliate ceasing to be an active member shall forfeit all rights) title and interest; in and to, the property of this Council, or any part thereof.
7.01 The Officers of the Council shall consist of:
As new locals affiliate to the Council, the number of Executive Members-at-Large shall increase, one (1) new Member-at-Large per new affiliate to a maximum of five (5). These officers, except for the trustees, shall constitute the Executive Committee.
7.02 All officers shall be elected from the delegates at large.
7.03 There shall not be more than two (2) members of the Executive Committee from the same local union affiliate.
7.04 All candidates for office shall be fully accredited delegates to the Council.
7.05 Nominations and elections shall take place every two (2) years at the October meeting. The positions of President and Secretary-Treasurer and 2 members at large shall be elected in odd years and the position of Vice-President and Recording Secretary and 2 members at large shall be elected in even years. The installation of officers shall take place at the meeting at which they were elected.
7.06 No delegate may be nominated for office in the Council unless present at the nomination and election meeting, or unless the proposer has official consent in writing. Only accredited delegates may be nominated to an office in the Council or as a delegate to a convention.
7.07 Election of Officers shall be by secret ballot and the presiding officer will appoint a returning officer and scrutineers from among the delegates to count them.
7.08 In the event of a vacancy in any office, the President shall select a member to fill the vacancy until an election can be held. In the case of a vacancy in the position of President, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of President until a successor is elected. An election shall be called as soon as possible after the vacancy occurs.
7.09 Any candidate may appeal for a recount of votes at the election meeting.
7.10 Any Executive member missing three (3) meetings without having submitted a good reason for such absence shall relinquish office. The office shall be declared vacant and will be filled by election at the next regular meeting.
It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Council, to preserve order and decorum, and to enforce the Constitution and By-Laws. The President shall be spokesperson for all delegations representing the Council unless another member has been appointed to do so, or unless as provided for in Article 8. The President shall carry out other duties as are required by the delegates. The President shall sign all official documents and shall be one of the signing officers for the disbursement of funds. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to assist the President and in the absence of the President to discharge the duties of the President. The Vice-President shall keep a record of all members present at all meetings of the Council. The Vice-President shall be one of the signing officers for the disbursement of funds. On request of the President, the Vice-President shall act in the absence of either the Recording Secretary or the Secretary-Treasurer. The Vice-President shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee.
8.03 Recording Secretary:
It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to keep full and impartial records of the proceedings at all meetings of this Council. The Recording Secretary shall read same at all general meetings and submit them for the signature of the Presiding Officer. The Recording Secretary shall refer all correspondence/communications to the Executive Committee or the Presiding Officer and reach such as requested. The Recording Secretary shall record all officers present at every meeting, shall notify all members when there is to be a meeting. All incoming and outgoing communications shall be handled by the Recording Secretary.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain a proper system of bookkeeping, purchase the necessary books and stationary for this purpose, carry out the instructions of the Council, be prepared at any meeting to inform the President of the bank balance, pay all bills authorized by the Council. When attending the regular meetings the Secretary-Treasurer shall read out item by item all disbursements since the last report. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be guided by the recommendations of Trustees. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be allowed a petty cash of fifty dollars (550.00) and shall be accountable for such funds. The Secretary-Treasurer shall, subject to the approval of the Council, invest surplus funds of the Council in securities or deposit them in a bank or banks. The Secretary-Treasurer will be one of the officers having signing authority.
8.05 Executive Committee:
The Executive Committee shall consist of the:
They shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Council between regular meetings and shall consider and make recommendations on all matters arising out of the Council. Four (4) members of this Committee shall constitute a chorus. The Executive Committee is authorized to reimburse members of the Council for necessary expenses occurring in performing duties as authorized by the Council.
8.06 Trustees Committee:
The Trustees shall be three (3) members elected from the members-at-large. Each trustee shall be elected for a term of one (t), two (2), or three (3) years. They shall at their first meeting elect a chairman who shall present the trustees report semi-annually (in January and July). They shall at the end of each year make a detailed audit of the books, receipts, accounts and expenditures of the Council, and shall have the power to demand and receive all books or information in the possession of any officer or member of the Council at any time. They shall | Submit a Link