BC FERRY AND MARINE WORKERS'

CONSTITUTION
  

ARTICLE 14 - ELECTION OF UNION OFFICERS

Section 2 - Nomination of Provincial Executive

Section 3 - Election of Provincial Executive

Section 4 - Election of Board of Trustees

Section 6 - Election of Delegates to Convention and Bargaining Conference

Section 1 - Nomination procedure

All nominations for Union office or delegate status must be in writing, signed by the nominator, and must be accompanied by a written agreement to stand, signed by the nominee, whose signature shall be witnessed by the nominator or another member of the Union.

Section 2 - Nomination of Provincial Executive

(a) Nominations for the following Provincial Executive positions may be made by any Union member and shall close at Convention:

One - President Provincial Executive

One - 1st Vice President Provincial Executive

One - 2nd Vice President Provincial Executive

One – Secretary-Treasurer Provincial Executive

(b) Nominations for the position of Ships Officers’ President shall be in accordance with the Ships Officers’ Component bylaws.

(c) Nominations for the positions of Local President shall close as soon as practicable after the completion of the election of the positions of Provincial President, Provincial 1st Vice-President, Provincial 2nd Vice-President and Provincial Secretary Treasurer but not later than May 31 st .

(d) Nominations for the positions of Local President shall be made by the membership of the following locals:

Local 1 President -elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Swartz Bay and vicinity

Local 2 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Nanaimo and vicinity

Local 3 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Tsawwassen and vicinity

Local 4 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Horseshoe Bay and vicinity

Local 5 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Earls Cove, Langdale and vicinity

Local 6 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Powell River, Texada and vicinity

Local 7 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Southern Gulf Islands including: Kuper Island, Thetis Island and vicinity

Local 8 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, Deas Dock and vicinity

Local 9 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Victoria Head Office and vicinity

Local 10 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Bear Cove, Prince Rupert, Skidegate and vicinity and vessels servicing the North (Queen of the North and Queen of Prince Rupert)

Local 11 President - elected by the unlicensed membership, ship and shore, Northern Gulf Islands including: Alert Bay, Cortes Island, Courtenay, Denman Island, Hornby Island, Little River, Quadra Island and vicinity

Section 3 - Election of Provincial Executive

(a) A ballot for the positions of President, Provincial Executive, 1st Vice-President, Provincial Executive, 2nd Vice-President, Provincial Executive and Secretary Treasurer, Provincial Executive shall be conducted in accordance with the Balloting procedure in Article 15, Sections 3 and 4.

(b) A ballot for the position of Ships Officer’ President shall be conducted in accordance with the Ships Officers’ Component bylaws

(c) A referendum ballot of the affected membership for the positions of Local President shall be conducted in accordance with the Local bylaws. All candidates for the position of Local President shall be placed on the ballot.

Section 4 - Election of Board of Trustees

(a) Nominations for the Board of Trustees may be made by any Union member and shall close forty-five (45) days prior to Convention.

(b) Trustees shall be elected by secret ballot by the delegates to the Triennial Convention. Each accredited delegate shall cast no more than three (3) votes. The three-(3) nominees with the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.

Section 5 - Election of Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer

(a) Nominations for the position of Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer may be made by any Union member and shall close at Convention:

(b) The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer shall be elected by secret ballot by the delegates to the Triennial Convention. Each accredited delegate shall cast one (1) vote for each position. The candidate with the highest number of votes in each position shall be declare elected

Section 6 - Election of Delegates to Convention and Bargaining Conference

(a) Nominations for delegate to Convention or Bargaining Conference may be made by any Union member of the Local in accordance with Local bylaws.

(b) The Local shall elect delegates to Convention, in accordance with the Local bylaws.

(c) Unsuccessful candidates for position of delegate, ranking according to the number of votes received, shall be alternate delegates to the Convention.