This is the first of the two special membership meetings with the objective to present, discuss and vote on our local bylaws* that include the changes CUPE National asked our local to make for a full endorsement of the bylaws required by CUPE constitution.
There are two steps to bylaw change. First, the local gives notice to members that change(s) to bylaws is being proposed. The second step of the process takes place at the next general meeting where a discussion about the bylaw amendment(s) takes place, followed by a motion to accept the amendment(s). To make change(s) to bylaws, two thirds of the votes are necessary to pass the changes.
It is understood that members will acquaint themselves with the changes as presented in the first step, and come prepared to discuss and vote in the subsequent meeting.
Here are the amendments to our bylaws as requested by CUPE National. Only the bylaw articles undergoing changes are being presented here. The bold text indicates addition of a new language; cross through text indicates replacement of the old text by the new/bold and/or proposed to be taken out. The whole set of bylaws is on our website.
- SGMM to give notice of bylaw amendments. This step involves simply notifying members that there are proposed changes to bylaws (in this particular case it involves the entire set of bylaws). May 10, Thursday, from 12 pm – 1:30 pm in WH 324
- SGMM to discuss and vote on the amended bylaw package: May 16, Wednesday, from 4 pm – 7 pm in WH 204
* There is also a proposed amendment to our Policies. In addition to our default agenda items, following reading of the Equality Statement, it is proposed to also read Recognition of Territory, and hold a Moment of Silence for fallen workers. While we have been practicing these two acknowledgements, we need to have this practice recorded.