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

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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 19 - Union Officer Recall



Any Member who feels an elected Officer of the Union is not fulfilling his/her duties, as prescribed in the Constitution, may invoke the recall procedure after setting forth a statement of facts to the Union National Executive Board.


The member must then circulate a petition to the rest of the membership in the Union. The member may circulate the petition to the membership by supplying the stuffed, sealed and stamped envelopes to the Union office, which will address and mail the petition. The petition must include the member's name sponsoring the petition, name of the Officer being recalled, clearly state the concerns and accusations regarding the Union Officer's actions. Union Members supporting the petition must print and sign their name.


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


Second Step. A Recall Committee consisting of three (3) Unit Chairs chosen at random by the Union National Executive Board from the pool of all Unit Chairs, must call special meetings to hear the recall petition. All members of the Union are notified of the date, time and location of the special meetings.


At the special meetings the Recall Committee shall:

(a) Read out the Petition to the members present.

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

(c) Recall Committee conducts a membership question and answer session of both the plaintiff and defendant.

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

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


Upon conclusion of the meetings the Recall Committee will make a recommendation on the petition to either accept or reject. A mailacceptance or rejection of the recall, by all members of the Union. The plaintiff and defendant may include a statement in the mail out. A transcript of the special meetings will also be included in the mail out. If 2/3 of the members vote in support of the petition the Officer shall be removed from office for the balance of the term.


This entire process must not exceed ninety (90) days.