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 07 - Union Elections



(i) The officers of the Union shall be elected for a three-year term by secret ballot vote of the members of the Union.

(ii) A member of the Union shall hold only one elected office in the Union.

(iii) Nominations for Union officers shall be held at the regular meeting of each Unit in April of election years. No member shall be a candidate for more than one office, except as provided in this Constitution. If a member is nominated for more than one office, he/she shall immediately declare for which office he/she will be a candidate. Nominations may be faxed to the Union Recorder or presented in person at a regular Unit Meeting.

(iv) Members of one unit may nominate members of another unit for Union office. It is not necessary that such nominees be confined to a particular unit. A member placing the name of another member in nomination for office where the nominated member is not present, shall at the time the nomination is made, give to the Unit Recorder evidence in writing signed by the nominee, that the nominee agrees to be a candidate for a specific Union office. However, any member being nominated in this manner cannot signify his/her intentions to be a candidate for more than one specific Union office.

(v) Immediately after nominations, the Unit Recorder shall forward a list of the names of the candidates, signed by the Unit Recorder and the Unit Chair, to the Recorder of the Union.

(vi) After nominations have closed, the National Executive Board shall appoint an Election Judge and as many tellers as required who shall serve as an Election Board to conduct the election. No candidate for office shall be eligible to serve on the Board.

(vii) After nominations have been made, and those nominees are found to be qualified, the Election Board shall have the ballots prepared, listing in alphabetical order, the names of all candidates for each respective office, beginning with President, and continuing in the order listed in this Constitution. Such ballots shall not contain any identifying numbers or marks.

(viii) All voting shall be by mailed secret ballot or approved alternate method which may alter the procedure described in (x), (xi), (xii), (xiii), (xiv).

(ix) The Recorder shall furnish to the Election Judge, not less than twenty-one (21) days before the election, an alphabetical list of all members eligible to vote. All members in good standing and qualified should be entitled to vote.

(x) The National Executive Board shall decide the last day on which ballots shall be received, and the date, time and place when the ballots will be counted. This date shall be in the month of June and this information shall be enclosed with the ballot sent to each member eligible to vote.

Candidates may provide campaign literature to the Election Board, which would be included with the mail out of the Ballots. Campaign material will be limited to:

(a) Union Experience

(b) Union positions held

(c) Committee participation

(d) Unit participation

(e) Other associated Union Experience

A member may send one personal mail out to the membership but must supply the stuffed, sealed and stamped envelopes to the Union office. The Union office will then address and mail the envelopes.

(xi) The Election Judge shall mail or cause to be mailed to all eligible voters, an official ballot and two envelopes. One envelope shall be smaller than the other and shall have the words: "OFFICIAL BALLOT" stamped or printed on it. The larger envelope shall be preaddressed to the Election Board and shall contain a space in the upper left hand corner where the member shall place his name and address.

(xii) Upon receiving his ballot, the member shall mark same and enclose it in the smaller envelope marked: "OFFICIAL BALLOT". This envelope shall be placed in the larger preaddressed envelope and mailed to the Election Board.

(xiii) The Election Board shall select a depository to which the envelopes containing the ballots should be mailed. This shall not be the Union Post Office Box or the Union Headquarters. The Union shall pay (Cost of such depository). This Board shall advise the Union of such depository in sufficient time to prepare the preaddressed envelopes.

(xiv) The Election Board shall open the envelopes, remove the smaller envelope marked: "OFFICIAL BALLOT" and deposit same in ballot box with the other ballots. No envelope received later than the time and date as determined and announced by the National Executive Board shall be opened by the Election Board.

(xv) The Election Board shall count the ballots and certify the results in writing to the National Executive Board immediately after the ballots have been counted. All candidates shall be informed of the election results by the Election Board.

(xvi) All election records including ballots shall be preserved for one year from the date of this election, after which same shall be destroyed unless a question has arisen in connection therewith.

(xvii) Any candidate for office may be present or have a Union member, who is in good standing, as a scrutineer at the counting of the ballots.

(xviii) Elections for the full time positions in the Union (President, Vice Presidents) shall be decided for the candidate receiving a majority of votes cast (50% plus 1). A run-off vote will be conducted for those positions where the 50% + 1 was not obtained. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the original ballot shall engage in a run-off election. The candidate receiving the majority of votes (50% + 1) shall be declared elected. In the event a tie and more than two candidates are required in the run-off election, the 50% + 1 rule still applies and if required additional run-off elections shall be held until a single person receives a clear majority.

(xix) All other positions will be decided for the candidate receiving the most votes for a specific office.

(xx) Election Campaign Contributions are limited to members of CUSW and there must be full detailed disclosure to the Election Judge of all funds received.