BC FERRY AND MARINE WORKERS'

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 12 - BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Section 1 - Composition

Section 2- Duties of Trustees

 

Section 1 - Returning Officer

Section 2 - Assistant Returning Officer

ARTICLE 12 - BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Section 1 - Composition

(a) The Board of Trustees shall consist of three (3) members, who may not serve simultaneously on any Committee or hold office within the Union.

(b) The Board of Trustees shall be elected at each Triennial Convention for a three (3) year term according to the procedures outlined in Article 14 Section 4.

(c) In the event that the position of Trustee becomes vacant, the Provincial Executive will solicit nominations from the membership for Trustee, and elect a Trustee from the members nominated.

(d) Trustees of the Union shall be delegates to each Triennial Convention of the Union with voice in matters related to their position, but no vote.

Section 2- Duties of Trustees

(a) The Trustees shall exercise supervision over the finances of the Union. They shall cause to have presented a general report of the business of the Union at regular meetings. They shall arrange for an annual audit of the financial records by a qualified accountant. The Trustees, shall at all times, seek to

protect and further the good and welfare of the Union and sign such inventory immediately preceding the convention and report damage and loss to the Provincial Executive. They shall examine all bills and have the right, not only to question all expenditures, but to comment and make recommendations on all expenditures of a financial nature.

(b) The Trustees shall cause an audit of the books of the Union for the period ending October 31 of each calendar year and shall prepare their report for distribution to the Union membership meeting and Convention.

(c) The Trustees shall inspect the financial accounts quarterly.

(d) The Trustees shall act as Ombudspersons and shall consider all Constitutional appeals made by members. They shall bring such appeals to the attention of the Provincial Executive, together with their own interpretation of the clause in dispute, and shall report to the membership the results of the Provincial Executive decision.

(e) The Trustees shall not violate or compromise their position of trust. Furthermore, the Trustees shall not engage in the politics of the Union and shall maintain the highest level of impartiality in the day-to-day supervision of the Union's finances.

ARTICLE 13 - RETURNING OFFICER AND ASSISTANT RETURNING OFFICER

Section 1 - Returning Officer

(a) The Returning Officer shall be elected to a three-(3) year term at the Triennial Convention according to the balloting procedures in Article 15, Section 3. The Returning Officer shall be a delegate to Convention by right of office and shall have voice but no vote.

(b) The Returning Officer’s terms of office shall commence upon election.

(c) The Returning Officer shall not violate or compromise their position of trust. Furthermore, the Returning Officer shall not engage in the politics of the Union and shall maintain the highest level of impartiality in the supervision of the Union's ballots.

Section 2 - Assistant Returning Officer

(a) The Assistant Returning Officer shall be elected to a three-(3) year term at the Triennial Convention according to the balloting procedures in Article 15, Section 3. The Assistant Returning Officer shall be a delegate to Convention by right of office and shall have voice but no vote.

(b) The Assistant Returning Officer’s terms of office shall commence upon election.

(c) The Assistant Returning Officer shall not violate or compromise their position of trust. Furthermore, the Assistant Returning Officer shall not engage in the politics of the Union and shall maintain the highest level of impartiality in the supervision of the Union's ballots.

(d) The Assistant Returning Officer shall act under the supervision of the Returning Officer and assist him/her in carrying out his/her duties.