BC FERRY AND MARINE WORKERS'

CONSTITUTION
  

ARTICLE 21 - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
 ARTICLE 22 - OATH OF OFFICE
 ARTICLE 23 - UNION POLICY
 ARTICLE 24 - PROCEDURE AT MEETINGS

ARTICLE 21 - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

(a) This Constitution may only be amended by a majority vote of the accredited delegates present and voting at a Convention of the Union.

 

(b) The Union Policy may only be amended by a majority vote of the accredited delegates present and voting at a Convention of the Union.

ARTICLE 22 - OATH OF OFFICE

(to be administered by the Returning Officer or Designate)

The Union Oath of Office is:

"I, _______________________, do hereby sincerely pledge my word to the B.C. Ferry

and Marine Workers' Union that I will without evasion, truly and faithfully

perform the duties of my office in accordance with the laws of the Union. I will at

all times advance and maintain the principles and established policies of the

Union and abide by its Constitution and Bylaws. I agree upon my retirement or

resignation, to turn over to the Union any documents entrusted to my care."

ARTICLE 23 - UNION POLICY

Use of Masculine/Feminine Terms: For the purpose of clarification, it is understood that the words "he" and "she" shall apply and refer to persons of either sex.

1. The Union fully supports the re-establishment of a Canadian Merchant Marine.

2. This Union will, where possible, ensure that all its functions take place on unionized premises.

3. This Union endorses the Camp Jubilee concept.

4. Only a member in possession of a valid "Picket Pass" shall be authorized to cross a picket line. Picket Passes shall be filled out in duplicate and shall include the following information: date, time of crossing, time of expiry, reason for crossing, signatures of member being authorized to cross and the duplicate copy to be returned to the Union office. Only Provincial Executive members and members in positions designated by Locals and submitted to the Provincial Executive for approval within three (3) months of Convention

shall be entitled to issue Picket Passes.

5. This Union supports a policy of educating and training Canadians for positions within the Marine Industry.

6. This Union will endeavour to maintain a strike fund.

7. This Union, in conjunction with the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress will organize a series of advertisements and TV programs to represent and augment the position of the Unions throughout Canada. Such programs to be funded out of per capita payments to the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress.

8. This Union is opposed to the Arms Race.

9. This Union will work to establish legislation under W.C.B. to cover employees adversely affected by passive smoke.

10. Union members have access to all Union records other than those, which if released, would prove to be a detriment to the Union or individual members as determined by the Provincial Executive. In such a case the matter shall be turned over to the Trustees who would review the Provincial Executive decision.

11. No Collective Agreement will be signed without a "no discipline" clause in force.

12. This Union supports a woman's right to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice.

13. This Union is opposed to Mandatory Drug Testing.

14. This Union respects and values the ideas and participation of its retired members. These members are encouraged to continue to be involved with the education and instructional aspects of the Union for the benefit of all.

15. This Union shall fully pursue enhancements to the Early Retirement and Pension packages of our members, with its goal as that of members may retire with full pension at age fifty (50).

16. This Union will attempt to organize the employees of any new coastal ferry service.

17. This Union shall give preference to Canadian Union made goods in any purchases.

18. This Union shall not discriminate against members with respect to terms or conditions of membership on the grounds of race, creed, religion, colour, age, sex, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.

19. This Union shall research comparative wage and working conditions of workers in related industries inside and outside Canada on an annual basis and provide this information to the membership upon request.

20. This Union is committed to ensuring participation in a progressive and responsive Employee Assistance Program.

21. This Union, through the Local Executive, will review any agreement made on behalf of a group of its members to waive certain provisions of the Collective Agreement at least every five-(5) years to verify that a majority of the affected members are still in favour.

ARTICLE 24 - PROCEDURE AT MEETINGS

Section 1 - Rules of Procedure

The rules of procedure governing meetings shall be those contained in "Bourinot's Rules of Order" which shall govern the Union in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and Bylaws. Members to a meeting shall have one  (1) vote, in the event of a tied vote

the motion fails. Union meetings shall include but not be confined to the

following:

(i) Convention

(ii) Provincial Executive Meetings

(iii) Local Meetings

(iv) Committee Meetings

Section 2 - Non-smoking Meetings

(a) All meetings of the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union shall be non-smoking.

(b) All smoke breaks shall be in accordance with WCB OHS Regulations.