Our Constitution

Amended: Sixth Convention of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers on October 1-3, 2021

Values and Beliefs

Our Values and Beliefs as outlined in the Constitution:  Honesty, Integrity, Fairness, Equality, Respectful Treatment, Family Consideration, Common Sense, Decisions Benefiting the Members, Decisions Promoting the Workers, Involvement (including stakeholders), Democratic Processes, Trust

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null ARTICLE 03 - Powers of the Union



The Union shall have the authority:

  • (i) to establish proper rules, regulations, policies and practices as its members deem necessary from time to time to achieve the objects of the Union;
  • (ii) to raise income from member contributions, initiation fees, readmission fees, assessments, and other proper and lawful sources;
  • (iii) to make commitments and disbursements in its discretion from the funds, assets, and property of the Union for regular, recurrent, and incidental expenses, organizing, strikes, collective bargaining, contract administration, awards, gifts, donations, charitable contributions, political expenditures, member education, public relations, employee benefit plans for Union personnel and officers, legal expenses, and such other expenses and investments as it deems necessary and proper to carry out the objects and purposes of the Union;
  • (iv) to establish proper wages, conditions, and hours of employment through the process of collective bargaining with employers and to fulfil and require observance thereof. The Union is autonomous in the exercise of its right to negotiate and consummate agreements with employers, and to police and enforce the terms and conditions thereof, subject only to applicable law of our country.
  • (v) to take all steps necessary to constitute and operate as a trade union in the construction and other industries.
  • (vi) to provide for the well-being and security of members, officers, and employees of the Union by establishing insurance, health and welfare, sick benefits, pension, severance, and other member benefit plans;
  • (vii) to carry out it's other duties, responsibilities, and functions as provided in the Constitution;
  • (viii) to take such other actions as it deems necessary or proper to fulfil the objects as set out in the Constitution;
  • (ix) to take any actions it deems necessary or proper to assist other unions, organizations or individuals to properly fulfil the objects set out in the Constitution.
  • (x) to uphold the Values and Beliefs as part of this Constitution.