BC FERRY AND MARINE WORKERS'

CONSTITUTION
  

ARTICLE 5 - MEMBERSHIP

Section 2 - Membership

Section 3 - Membership Maintenance

Section 5 - Return of Excluded Persons to the Bargaining Unit

ARTICLE 5 - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1- Acquiring Membership

(a) Any person who is employed in the marine or ferry industry or a related industry or in any industry for whom the Union has, or seeks to acquire, the collective bargaining rights or is employed in a position where the Union may represent him/her as a collective bargaining agent, shall be eligible for

membership in the Union.

(b) The membership fee shall be waived upon submission of a transfer certificate or withdrawal certificate.

(c) Membership, by affiliation to the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union, may be approved in accordance with Article 3, Section 1 (b).

Section 2 - Membership

(a) A member in good standing shall be a fully paid up member, subject to sub paragraph (b) below.

(b) A member on Long-Term Disability or parental leave shall not be required to pay dues and shall be considered a member in good standing

Section 3 - Membership Maintenance

(a) Members applying for a leave of absence without pay from the Employer, of more than thirty (30) days, may obtain a withdrawal card and upon returning the card, shall be considered members in good standing.

(b) Members who have obtained withdrawal cards shall have no voice, no vote and shall not be eligible to be elected, to serve as an officer of the union, committee members or delegates to conventions.

(c) Members on leaves of absence without pay longer than thirty (30) days who continue to pay union dues as formerly assessed shall be considered to be members in good standing. Dues shall be submitted directly to the Union Office(s).

(d) Members on leave of absence without pay, who do not conform to the provisions of subsections (a) or (c) above, will not be considered to be members in good standing.

Section 4 - Honourary Membership

(a) Honourary membership may be conferred by the Provincial Executive upon any member at the time of s/he retirement from service who has been a member in good standing for a period of five (5) years and has served the membership of the Union as an elected Union Official, or served the members and the Union in other capacities.

(b) Honourary members may speak on matters relating to the welfare of the Union, but shall not have the right to vote nor be eligible to be elected or serve as an officer, committee member, or a delegate to a convention or bargaining conference.

Section 5 - Return of Excluded Persons to the Bargaining Unit

(a) An Excluded person returning to the Bargaining Unit shall be considered to be a member in good standing, upon payment of a lump sum to the Union equivalent to 1% of their monthly salary per month while excluded, to a maximum of five (5) years excluded time.

(b) A member substituting into a term certain excluded position shall be required to pay union dues based on their monthly salary during the excluded period.