BC FERRY AND MARINE WORKERS'

CONSTITUTION
  

ARTICLE 7 - GOVERNING AUTHORITY
 ARTICLE 8 - CONVENTION AND BARGAINING CONFERENCE

Section 1 - Triennial Convention

Section 2 - Purpose of a Triennial Convention

Section 3- Special Convention

Section 4 - Bargaining Conference

Section 5 - Delegates to Convention and Bargaining Conference

Section 7 - Resolutions to Convention or Bargaining Conference

Section 8 - Order of Business

Section 9 - Errors and Omissions

 

ARTICLE 7 - GOVERNING AUTHORITY

The governing body of the Union shall be the Provincial Executive and the duly elected delegates from the membership meeting in Convention. The Convention shall be the legitimate source of authority in the Union subject to its Constitution. When the Union is not meeting in Convention, the Provincial Executive shall be

the governing body of the Union, subject to the Constitution.

ARTICLE 8 - CONVENTION AND BARGAINING CONFERENCE

Section 1 - Triennial Convention

There shall be a Triennial Convention of the Union which shall be a meeting of the Provincial Executive and accredited delegates and shall be held, where possible, in the month of April in the third year of the term. The exact date and place of the meeting shall be decided by the Provincial Executive.

Section 2 - Purpose of a Triennial Convention

(a) The purpose of a Triennial Convention shall be to receive direction from the membership, by means of resolutions from the Locals and the incumbent Provincial Executive to decide the appropriate action stemming from the resolutions; and thus, to direct the incoming Provincial Executive.

(b) The Triennial Convention shall also be charged with the responsibility of nominating candidates for each of the following Provincial Executive positions:

One - President Provincial Executive

One - 1st Vice President Provincial Executive

One - 2nd Vice President Provincial Executive

One - Secretary Treasurer Provincial Executive

One - Ships Officers’ President

(c) The Triennial Convention shall also be charged with the responsibility of electing the following positions:

Three Trustees

One Returning Officer

One Assistant Returning Officer

Section 3- Special Convention

(a) The President, Provincial Executive shall, on the request of at least thirty (30%) percent of the membership of the Union, or by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the total Provincial Executive, convene a Special Convention of the Union at any time, providing ninety (90) days prior notice of the date, time, place, and purpose of such meeting is given to the membership as a whole. In the case of a Special Convention, delegates thereto shall be elected as provided in Section 7. Credentials for a Special Convention shall be forwarded to the Union headquarters at least forty-five (45) days before the meeting date.

(b) A Special Convention shall deal with the matters for which the Convention was convened. A Special Convention shall not nominate candidates for a new Provincial Executive.

(c) Representation, voting procedure, and rules of Special Conventions shall be the same as for regular Conventions as set forth in the Constitution.

Section 4 - Bargaining Conference

(a) A bargaining conference shall be held not later than seven (7) months and not earlier than ten (10 ) months prior to the expiry of the Collective Agreement.

(b) Submission of resolutions and selection of delegates shall be in accordance

with this Constitution.

(c) The prime purpose of the Conference will be to establish bargaining priorities. All resolutions adopted by the conference shall be adopted in principle only, and shall in no way be considered to mandate a bargaining committee.

(d) Article 8, Section. 6 shall apply.

Section 5 - Delegates to Convention and Bargaining Conference

(a) Members of the Provincial Executive and Ships’ Officers’ Component Executive shall be delegates by right to Convention of the Union.

(b) Other delegates to Convention shall be elected from the each local, by referendum of the local membership, on the following basis:

(i) One delegate for the first five (5) members of the local

(ii) One additional delegate for each additional fifty-(50) members, or any fraction thereof.

(c) When a Local elects its delegates to Convention, unsuccessful candidates for position of delegate, ranking according to the number of votes received, shall be alternate delegates to the Convention.

(d) A delegate must be a member in good standing.

Section 6 - Credentials

(a) The Secretary-Treasurer Provincial Executive shall mail the Call to Convention to all Locals at least one hundred and fifty (150) days prior to the date of Convention along with the correct number of credentials forms as allowed by membership records at the time of the call.

(b) Each local shall make out credentials for delegates to the Union Headquarters at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of Convention; one (1) copy is to be delivered to the delegates to be produced by them to the Credentials Committee at the Convention; and one (1) copy is to be kept on file with the local recording secretary.

(c) Delegates credentials submitted from each local shall be in the form set out in Appendix D and shall be provided from the Head Office of the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union.

(d) The Head Office of the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union shall supply credentials to all members attending Conventions who are delegates in the form set out in Appendix C(ii).

(e) If a deadline is missed, or if any of the preceding procedures are not followed, the delegates shall only be accredited by a majority vote of the delegates present and voting at the convention.

(f) If a delegate is unable to attend, his/her credentials shall be turned over to the appropriate alternate, who shall be registered as the delegate in his/her place.

Section 7 - Resolutions to Convention or Bargaining Conference

(a) Members of the Union may bring matters before a Convention for consideration only by means of resolutions submitted to and approved by the Local to which they belong, as evidenced by the signature of the Local President.

(b) The Provincial Executive may submit resolutions to a Convention.

(c) All resolutions for submission to a Convention must be delivered to and received at Union headquarters at least one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to Convention date provided. Resolutions received less than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to Convention shall not be considered

unless of an emergency nature.

(d) Position papers based on the key areas of concern expressed in the resolutions shall be written by the Bargaining Resolutions committee and forwarded to the members of the Provincial Executive sixty (60) days prior to the Bargaining Conference for debate at local general meetings as per Article 10, Section 7.

(e) The Provincial Executive shall arrange that each delegate to Convention shall be sent a copy of all resolutions to be submitted to the Convention, including the Resolutions Committee recommendations, at least twenty (20) days prior to the Convention date.

(f) A majority vote of the delegates present and voting shall be sufficient to pass any position papers or resolutions presented to Convention.

(g) All resolutions submitted to the Resolutions Committee shall be identified by local and article numbers. That there be only one (1) resolution per sheet and resolutions be typed or legibly printed, dated as to date passed at local meeting and signed in accordance with subsection (a). This information shall be displayed at the top of each resolution sheet.

 

Section 8 - Order of Business

The order of business at all Conventions and Bargaining Conferences shall be determined prior to Convention by the Provincial Executive subject to the approval of the Convention.

Section 9 - Errors and Omissions

No error or omission in the contents of any notice calling a Convention shall affect the status of such Convention or invalidate anything done or passed thereat.