The purpose of a union constitution is to protect and advance the interests of its members.
CUPE Local One’s existing constitution exceeds the average union constitution in the area of democratic elections and equal representation of its members. Our Locals constitution is democratic and is based on the membership. For example, our negotiating committee has equal representation from both the inside and outside bargaining units and all members to this committee are elected by the membership at large and not appointed. It sets out the chain of accountability of the leadership to the membership. It is our members that determine what our local does.
Members set bargaining priorities, elect our leaders and ultimately decide how our union operates. In all decisions of the local, the members play an active role.
Our constitution is being amended to ensure fair and equitable representation for all members. Changes have been made to allow for a transition period of 18 months. This period provides designated seats on the Executive Board for all former locals.
Our constitution is inclusive and reflective of all of our member’s needs. The constitution includes committees that deal with the issues surrounding injured workers, human rights, pensions and womens issues to name a few.
This is the Constitution any union member would want governing their local union.
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