Regional Bylaws

CANADA EMPLOYMENT AND IMMIGRATION UNION BC/YT REGIONAL BYLAWS

CANADA EMPLOYMENT AND IMMIGRATION UNION

(Updated February, 2016)

 

SECTION 1: REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

(a) The Regional Council shall represent all members of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory (BC/YT).

(b) The BC/YT Regional Council shall consist of every Local President or his/her alternate, the National Vice President, the alternate National Vice President, the Regional Women’s Issues Chair or her alternate, the Regional Young Worker Chair or his/her alternate, the Regional Immigration Chair or his/her alternate, the Regional HRRR Chair and his/her alternate and the District Coordinators or their alternates.

 

SECTION 2: PRESIDENTS’ CONFERENCE

 

(a) The supreme governing body of the Regional Council shall be the Regional Presidents Conference.

(b) The Regional Council shall hold at least one Regional Presidents Conference each year.

(c) The delegates to the Presidents’ Conference shall be the presidents of each local, or their alternate, (and for locals with more then 100 members a second delegate as selected by the local executive) the National Vice President, the alternate National Vice President, the Regional Women’s Issues Chair or her alternate, the Regional Young Worker Chair or his/her alternate, the Regional Immigration Chair or his/her alternate and the District Coordinators or their alternates.

(d)  The Regional Presidents’ Conference shall:

(i.) deal with matters of particular interest to, or concerning the welfare of the members in this Region provided they are within the bounds of these By-laws and the National By-laws;

(ii.) establish the regional budget, including any supplemental assessment of dues required to fund regional operations and activities;

(iii.) receive the reports of Committees established by the Regional Presidents’ Conference or Regional Council Executive;

(iv.) confirm the National Vice President, BC/YT, as Chairperson of the Regional Council Executive; and

(v.) confirm the District Coordinators elected by their respective Districts. 

                     

SECTION 3: REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

 

The Regional Executive Council (REC) shall include the BC/YT National Vice-President, the alternate BC/YT National Vice President, the Regional Women’s Issues Chair or her alternate, the Young Worker Chair or his/her alternate, the Immigration Chair or his/her alternate, the District Coordinators or their alternates, and shall be responsible for the affairs of the Regional Council between Regional Presidents’ Conferences. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Regional Council Executive shall:

(a) meet at least twice a year;

(b) administer the finances of the Regional Council and prepare the necessary budgetary provisions;

(c) undertake the necessary preparations for the holding of Regional Presidents’ Conferences and any other Regional Conferences deemed necessary

(d) co-operate with the National Executive of the Union in the discharge of the Union’s responsibilities towards the membership;

(e) establish any committee it deems necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities;

(f) draft such regulations or financial guidelines as are necessary for the administration of the Region, provided such regulations do not conflict with these By-laws, the National By-laws or the Constitution of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

 

SECTION 4: FINANCIAL AUDIT

 

The Regional Executive Council shall appoint a qualified accountant to conduct a formal independent audit for the calendar year financial operations of the region and prepare an audited statement for presentation at the next Regional Presidents’ Conference.

 

SECTION 5: BY-LAWS

 

The Regional Council may set up its own supplemental By-laws and Regulations, and shall be empowered to alter or rescind same, provided such By-laws and Regulations do not conflict with the By-laws of the Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada Constitution.

 

SECTION 6: DISTRICTS

 

Locals in the BC/YT region shall be grouped geographically into districts by the Regional Executive Council as per National CEIU By-law 14.5(f).

(a) The District will be headed by a District Coordinator(s). The District Coordinator(s) and her/his alternate will normally be elected for a three-year term, beginning and ending at the first District Meeting (as mandated in the BC/YT Bylaws and Regulations) immediately after National Convention. Candidates for District Director and alternate should be nominated at least 30 days prior to the election date from amongst the members of the district; however nominations may be accepted during the election meeting. Nominated members must be members in good standing within the District and must agree to be a candidate for election for the position of District Coordinator or alternate. The election will be by a simple majority of the district presidents or their alternates and the District Women’s Coordinator or her alternate, and a second delegate for locals with 100 or more members. In the event of the position becoming vacant during the term of office the position will be filled by the alternate District Coordinator and an election will be held for the position of alternate District Coordinator for the remainder of the term.

(b) Each district shall elect a District Women’s Coordinator. The District Coordinator and her alternate will normally be elected for a three-year term, beginning and ending at the first District Meeting (as mandated in the BC/YT Bylaws and Regulations) immediately after National Convention. Candidates for District Women’s Coordinator and alternate should be nominated at least 30 days prior to the election date from amongst the members of the district; however, nominations may be accepted during the election meeting. Nominated members must be members in good standing within the District and must agree to be a candidate for election for the position of District Women’s Coordinator or alternate. The election will be by a simple majority of the District Coordinator, district presidents or their alternates, and for locals with 100 or more members a second delegate, and the District Women’s Coordinator or her alternate. In the event of the position becoming vacant during the term of office the position will be filled by the alternate District Women Coordinator and an election will be held for the position of alternate District Women Coordinator for the remainder of the term.

(c) Each district shall hold at least one meeting per year. Additional meetings via conference calls are encouraged.

(d) Only local presidents or their alternates and the District Women’s Coordinator or her alternate shall be entitled to vote at a district meeting.

(e) The district will operate as an administrative arm of the Regional Council and deal only with matters of particular interest to the locals within the district.

(f) When a local president is elected to District Coordinator, she/he shall relinquish the position of local president and the first Vice President shall assume the office.

(g) When the alternate assumes the responsibilities of the District Coordinator, a new alternate will be elected.

(h) In the event of an emergency where the District Coordinator and the alternate are not available, any member in the district may be designated by the Presidents of the District to act temporarily in place of the District Director.

(i) A District Coordinator may attend with voice but no vote, meetings of any local, executive, Annual General or Special, in her/his respective district by invitation of the local executive of that local.

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