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 05 - Finances



The financial income of the Union shall be determined by the Members to ensure the efficient operation of the Union as follows: 

  • (i) Working Member Contributions
    Each Member of a Bargaining Unit shall contribute monthly to the efficient operation of the Union for the benefit of the Membership. The Bargaining Unit members in consultation with the National Executive Board of CUSW shall determine at the time of ratifying a collective agreement or from time to time the amount per hour earned and deemed appropriate to conduct the efficient operations of the Union. , and The said amount shall be incorporated in the any collective agreement and forwarded by employers to the Union in a manner defined in such agreements.
  • (ii) Basic Member Contributions
    Each member not paying working dues shall pay basic dues on a monthly basis in the amount determined by the membership.
  • (iii) Fees and Assessments
    Where the National Executive Board determines it appropriate, it may recommend Fees and Assessments for each member or working member and such Fees and Assessments will become effective when approved by a majority vote of the membership, voting by secret ballot.
  • (iv) Establishing a New Bargaining Unit
    Working Member Contributions/Basic Member Contributions shall be payable immediately upon joining, unless no collective agreement is in force, in which case the National Executive Board shall waive payment of the contributions until the effective date of the first collective agreement negotiated by the Union on behalf of the new Bargaining Unit or the Member goes to work under a CUSW Collective Agreement.