Our February General Members Meeting is on the last day of the month.
We will be electing 10 delegates* to CUPE Ontario Convention that runs from May 30 to July 2, 2018 and is held in Toronto.
Our local is affiliated with CUPE Ontario. This provincial body of CUPE holds annual conventions for delegates from CUPE locals all around Ontario. This year is an election year; this means that the delegates will be electing members of the executive board of CUPE Ontario, one trustee and eight caucus representatives. You can see the positions and other so far released logistics by clicking on the convention link above. The whole experience, engagement and learning is free to our members (transportation, accommodation and per diems). It is an opportunity to get involved in your union and see the incredible work the locals and the provincial division do to improve our working conditions, advance equality and social justice that benefits all workers.
*The convention cannot run without the work of convention committees. Any delegate can apply to sit on any one of the five convention committees. Once elected as a delegate at this GMM, let the local know if you would like to put your name forward for one or any of the committees. Deadline for submitting the application for the convention committee service is March 1.
One of the ways that CUPE members engage in shaping their union is by submitting resolutions to the convention’s Resolutions Committee that selects which resolutions are then submitted for discussion by the delegates and subjected to a vote. If adopted by delegates, the executive board and caucus representatives are bound by the resolutions and work on their implementation.
A resolution to be sent to the CUPE Ontario for the convention will presented to members for consideration and recommendation.
- Bylaw and Policy changes notifications
Notice to changes to our bylaws and policies will be given on the topics of Bargaining Support Committee, and introducing new Bargaining Research Committee as a standing committee. Subscription policy and Child Care policy changes notification will be given as well. All these bylaws and policy changes will be voted on at the subsequent GMM.
- Vote on a by law amendment( small and technical) change to bylaw 16.3** that was announced at GMM in November (adding conferences to capture the range of events to which our local normally elects delegates ).
**16.3 Election of Delegates to conventions/conferences shall be held at a regular General
Membership Meeting. A plurality of votes shall determine the election results. If a
member in good standing of the Local holds an elected position on the executive or on
committees of CUPE National, the Ontario Division of CUPE, the Ontario Federation of
Labour, or the Canadian Labour Congress, he or she shall act as delegate to the
convention or conference without having to run for election.
And any other agenda members deem fit to ad.
And as usual, food and drinks to tie you over while you engage in the work of your union! Yes, attending general meetings is exactly it – engaging. Let your voice be heard!