Constitution of The Canadian Union of Skilled Workers

Amended: Sixth Convention of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
April 14 & 15, 2018


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ARTICLE 21 - Unit Officer Recall




Any member who feels an elected Officer of the Unit is not fulfilling his/her duties, as prescribed under the Constitution, may invoke the recall procedure after setting forth a statement of facts.


A member must then circulate a petition to the rest of the membership in the Unit. The petition must include the member's name sponsoring the petition, name of the Unit Officer being recalled, clearly state the concerns and accusations regarding the Unit Officer's action. Unit members that support the petition must print and sign their name.


A petition must have the support of 50% plus 1 of the Unit membership. The petition is then presented to the Unit Executive. The Unit Executive will ensure the proper process has been followed and that the petition is in order. This completes the first Step.


Second Step. The Unit Executive must call a special meeting to hear the recall petition. All members of the Unit will be notified of the date, time, and location of the meeting.


At the special meeting the Unit Executive shall:

(i) Read out the petition to the members present.

(ii) The defendant is allowed time to present his/her defense.

(iii) Unit Executive conducts a membership question and answer session of both the plaintiff and defendant.

(iv) The plaintiff makes his/her closing remarks.

(v) The defendant makes his/her closing remarks.


At the conclusion of hearing the petition, the members of the Unit will conduct a secret ballot vote. After balloting has concluded the Unit Executive will count the ballots. If two-thirds (2/3) of the ballots vote in favor of the petition the Officer is removed from office for the balance of the current term.