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Bylaw Review - FAQ

posted May 3, 2018, 7:58 AM by Diane Shanner   [ updated May 11, 2018, 4:46 PM by Gail Sawatzky ]
1.  Why is the local in violation of the constitution by charging flat rate dues? 
The National requires for each member to be charged at least 1.35% in union dues. For some of our members, our flat rate dues works out to as much as 4% and as little as 1.18% for others. In order to comply with the constitution and use a flat rate dues amount, the local would need to determine the highest wage earner and calculate 1.35% of their wage. 

A bylaw proposal was submitted by a member to change the dues structure to percentage based. The membership will decide whether or not to change, and the local will either continue with flat rate or change to a percentage based on the outcome of the vote. While the National has the authority to force us to comply with the constitution, there is no indication they will force us to change our due structure. However, it is important to understand, the National could force us to change at any time.

For more information regarding the change to percentage dues bylaw see - Percentage Dues Sheet

2.  If dues changed to a percentage amount, what would they be charged on?
Dues would be charged on your regular wages only. They would not be charged on over-time or any other bonuses or pay-outs.

3.  Bylaw Proposal 15 – Members appointed to positions cannot fill roles of elected positions. Does this mean someone cannot run for a position?
Members are always able to run for any position. The intent of this proposal is a member appointed to a position cannot back-fill for roles of elected positions.

4.  Bylaw Proposal 4 - Would the tabled officers have voice and vote?
An ex-officio member is someone who holds a membership on a board or committee by virtue of being an elected official or holding some office or position. They would have the same rights and privileges as any other member of the board or committee. Currently the President is an ex-officio member of all committees.

5.  Bylaw Proposal 8 - Do the compensation committee recommendations need to be approved by the membership?
The recommendations of the committee must be ratified at a General Membership meeting.

6.  Bylaw Proposal 10 - What is plurality, what are we currently doing, and what is the difference?
Currently chief steward positions are elected by plurality (the person receiving the highest number of votes is elected, not necessarily a majority). Tabled Officer posistions are elected requiring the winner to have majority (50%+1) vote. If this does not happen on the first ballot, a run-off election with the two candidates with the highest number of votes is held.
The proposal is to change the election process so it is the same for all positions. The member submitting the proposal suggested the plurality method. This proposal elminates the need for run-off elections.

7.  Bylaw Proposal 16. Who is the executive as referred to in this proposal?
In this case the executive refers to the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Stewards.

8.  What is the difference between Tabled Officers and Executive Board?
Tabled Officers are the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Executive Board is comprised of the Tabled Officers and Chief Stewards.

Gail Sawatzky,
May 11, 2018, 4:44 PM