BC FERRY AND MARINE WORKERS'

CONSTITUTION
  

ARTICLE 16 - LOCALS

Section 2 - Purpose

Section 3- Terms of Office

Section 4 - Structure

Section 5 Forming new locals

Section 6 Locals and jurisdiction

Section 7 - Membership

Section 8 - Bylaws

Section 9 - Recall

Section 11 - Duties of Local President

Section 12 - Duties of Local 1st Vice-President

Section 13 - Duties of Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer

Section 14 - Member Education

Section 15 - Local Committees

Section 16 - Delegates to Trade and Labour Councils

Section 1 - Definitions

A local of the Union shall be defined as a group of Union members in a defined geographic area, or with similar occupations, trades, professions, or working conditions.

Section 2 - Purpose

(a) The purpose of the Locals is for the more effective administration of the Union. The Locals have no authority independent of the membership in Convention, and between Conventions, of the Provincial Executive.

(b) The administration of the Collective Agreement, as it affects the members of the Local, will be the responsibility of the Local and the Locals will be responsible for recommending to the Provincial Executive whether or not to proceed to arbitration in the matter of a grievance under the Collective Agreement.

Section 3- Terms of Office

The Local Executive shall be elected for a three-(3) year term.

Section 4 - Structure

The Local Executive shall be structured as follows: Local President, Local 1st Vice-President and Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer, and may include others as designated in Local Bylaws.

Section 5 Forming new locals

The Provincial Executive may form new Locals, alter the jurisdiction and designation of a Local and amalgamate or divide existing Locals as it sees fit.

Section 6 Locals and jurisdiction

Subject to Section 4, the membership shall be divided into locals, with the designated number and jurisdiction as follows:

1. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Swartz Bay and vicinity

2. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Nanaimo and vicinity

3. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Tsawwassen and vicinity

4. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Horseshoe Bay and vicinity
 

5. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Earls Cove, Langdale, and vicinity

6. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Powell River and vicinity

7. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, Southern Gulf Islands, including Kuper Island, Thetis Island and vicinity

8. UNLICENSED membership, Deas Dock and trades and trades support staff within a 40-kilometre radius of Deas Dock

9. UNLICENSED membership, Victoria Head Office and vicinity

10. UNLICENSED membership, ship and shore, including Bear Cove, Prince Rupert, Skidegate and vicinities and vessels servicing the North (Queen of Prince Rupert and Queen of the North)

11. UNLICENSED membership, ship to shore, Northern Gulf Islands, including Alert Bay, Cortes Island, Courtenay, Denman Island, Hornby Island, Little River, Quadra Island and vicinities

Section 7 - Membership

Members of the Union who fall within the jurisdiction of a Local shall be members of that Local.

Section 8 - Bylaws

A copy of the Local bylaws shall be submitted to the Provincial Executive within four (4) months from Convention and each subsequent amendment shall be submitted to the Provincial Executive. The Bylaws shall not have force or effect until approved by the Provincial Executive. A current copy of the local bylaw shall be posted on at least one bulletin board per location/building/vessel of that local. Any amendment should be posted at the same location(s) as soon as possible.

Section 9 - Recall

In the event that a simple majority of the affected membership petition for a recall of a Local Executive member, the Local Executive shall within thirty (30) days, have cause to call for and close nominations for the affected position and shall, within thirty (30) additional days, have a referendum ballot of the affected

membership.

Section 10 Vacancies

(a)Vacancies within the local shall be filled according to the Local bylaws.

(b) Elections should be held no later that ninety-(90) days after the position becomes vacant.

(c) Should there be no Local Executive to conduct an election, the Returning Officer shall ensure that balloting is conducted within ninety (90) days of the vacancy.

Section 11 - Duties of Local President

(a) Local President shall preside at all meetings of the Local

(b) Local President shall be responsible to the Provincial Executive and membership for Union activity at the Local including:

(i) Ensuring that each designated group of members elect a Shop Steward

(ii) Assisting Shop Stewards, as required, with investigations of grievances, safety conditions, etc. as may be required

(iii) Appointments of Committees, as required, and assisting with their activities

(c) Local Presidents shall assign duties to the 1st Vice-President and Recording Secretary-Treasurer.

(d) Local Presidents shall have available, for information, at membership meetings:

(i) Current Auditor's Report

(ii) Current Revenue and Expense Report

(e) Local Presidents shall allocate, to the members of the Local Executive, at his/her discretion two lieu days per month.

Section 12 - Duties of Local 1st Vice-President

(a) In the absence of the Local President assume his/her duties

(b) Assist the Local President with his/her duties

Section 13 - Duties of Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer

(a) The Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a correct, full and impartial account of the proceedings of each meeting of the membership meetings in a bound minute book.

(b) The Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer shall forward, immediately upon completion of the meeting, a copy of all minutes recorded to the Union office.

(c) The Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer shall assist the Local President in the area of preparing letters, correspondence, bulletins, etc. and shall receive copies of correspondence for the Local.

(d) The Local Recording Secretary-Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all revenue and expenses by the local and shall forward an annual report to the Secretary-Treasurer Provincial Executive.

Section 14 - Member Education

(a) The Local will hold Union orientation meetings for new members.

Section 15 - Local Committees

Local committees to be established shall include, but need not be limited to the following:

(a) Occupation Safety and Health Committee.

(i) Comprised of worker representatives from as many classifications as practicable who are elected to a three-(3) year term.

(ii) Members shall be provided with bookoff to attend meetings.

(iii) at least one member shall hold an OFA certificate.

(b) Local Welfare Committees which shall be comprised of at least three (3) members to assist with the welfare of the Local's membership.

(c) Local Grievance Committees which shall review the status of all local grievances and report to the Local on progress and trends.

Section 16 - Delegates to Trade and Labour Councils

Upon consultation with the Provincial Executive, the Local shall elect delegates to the Trade and Labour Councils to which Locals are affiliated. Delegates shall be governed by the Constitution and Union Policy.