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Resolutions - Late

L-1 Conflict of Interest

Disposition

Out Of Order

Whereas the executive members of PIPSC constituent bodies must embody and demonstrate fairness and democratic principles;

Whereas members of the executives of PIPSC constituent bodies should be free to speak freely without fear of reprisal or impacts on their employment;

Whereas members of constituent body executives must be free of any conflict of interest in the expression of their responsibilities;

Therefore be it resolved that members of constituent body executives should not be in any relationship that could be seen as a conflict of interest; for example where one member of the executive has any authority over another person on the executive; or one person is a team leader in the workplace and the other is a member of their team; a person who contributes to the employee¿s performance appraisal where that person is also on the executive.

L-2 Terms of Office - Constituent Body Executives

Disposition

Out Of Order

Whereas PIPSC is facing critical challenges n its defense of member's rights;

Whereas PIPSC needs innovation and creativity to meet these challenges

Whereas change and growth are integral to the ongoing evolution of PIPSC and its ability to meet new and unique challenges;

Therefore be it resolved that the terms of executive members of constituent bodies be limited to no more than three consecutive terms.

L-3 AGM Resolutions

Disposition

Out Of Order

Whereas only delegates present at the Annual General Meeting are eligible to vote on resolutions;

Whereas delegates to the Annual General Meeting are not selected in a democratic or proportional system;

Whereas the discussion and adoption of resolutions are critical to the evolution and development of PIPSC;

Whereas other PIPSC elections are held by electronic means;

Therefore be it resolved that resolutions be presented and discussed through on-line and telephone town halls for a specified period before the Annual General Meeting,

Be it further resolved that resolutions are voted on by the full membership in an electronic vote that closes at the end of the Annual General Meeting.

L-4 Representation of Bargaining Groups on Branch Executive

Disposition

Out Of Order

Whereas Branches are intended to bring together members from different bargaining groups in their geographic regions in a democratic structure;

Whereas Branch by-laws do not specify a proportional representation of bargaining groups in members of Branch executives;

Therefore be it resolved that the Branches be directed to amend their by-laws to include clauses requiring a fair distribution of representation of all bargaining Groups within the geographic area on the Branch executive.

For example

1. No more than three members of the Branch executive may be from a single bargaining group

2. The executive nomination committee must demonstrate that they have conducted a thorough candidate search among all bargaining groups within their geographic area

3. In geographic areas where all the members are from only one bargaining group, the branch is exempt from this requirement.

L-5 Consultation Committees

Disposition

Defeated

Whereas PIPSC is facing a critical challenge in the coming years to defend member's rights against attack from the government;

Whereas mobilization of members, lobbying decision makers and creating and running information campaigns, will require financial resources;

Whereas PIPSC has launched the 'Value for Money' campaign;

Whereas Branches for the most part use their funds for meals for executive member meetings and social events;

Whereas Branches have for the most part not been effective in mobilizing members, or dissemination information to members;

Whereas Consultation Committees have a mandate and the internal structure to connect directly with Stewards and members in the workplace;

Whereas Consultation Committees have a mandate to consult directly with management and are instrumental in building positive and beneficial relationships between union members and management;

Therefore be it resolved that a proportion of the funding provided to Branches be diverted to the use of the Consultation Committees;

Be it further resolved that Branches be directed to work with Consultation Committees to hold joint events and campaigns that further the goals of PIPSC and the membership.

L-6 PIPSC Political Position in the 2015 Federal Election

Disposition

Withdrawn

Whereas the current Federal government governs with a 'Far-Right' agenda, and

Whereas the Federal government agenda has failed repeated constitutional challenges regarding democratic rights and freedoms infringement, and

Whereas the Federal government agenda is overtly and covertly anti-union,

Therefore be it resolved that, for purposes of dealing with this current Federal government, the Institute forego its traditional stance of non-partisanship vis-à-vis political parties, and

Be it further resolved that the Institute mount an advertising campaign, promoting this unique and exceptional stance, with a view to impacting the 2015 federal election outcome.

L-7 Election of Constituent Body Executives

Disposition

 

Referred to the 2015 AGM

Whereas the current Institute policies on Sub-Groups and Branches require the election of executives to be held at the Annual General Meeting,

And whereas attendance at any Annual General Meeting usually represents a small fraction of the membership of the constituent body,

And whereas the Institute encourages members to be engaged and participate in union activities,

And whereas holding elections at the AGM only would disenfranchise the majority of a constituent body’s members and possibly discriminate, based on family status, against members who cannot attend,

And whereas the Institute uses policies to direct how elections are to be conducted but the Institute may not consistently apply the policies to all of the subgroups and branches,

Therefore be it resolved that PIPSC Branch and Sub-Group policies be amended as follows:

Policy on Institute Sub-Groups:

Elections

The Sub-Group Executive shall appoint an Elections Committee to receive nominations for positions on the Sub-Group Executive, and to conduct the elections. The specific nomination and election procedure for the Sub-Group will be as defined in the Sub-Group Constitution. Sub-Group elections shall take place at the Sub-Group AGM.

Policy on Institute Branches:

Elections

The Branch Executive shall appoint an Elections Committee to receive nominations for positions on the Branch Executive, and to conduct the elections. The specific nomination and election procedure for the Branch will be as defined in the Branch Constitution. Branch elections shall take place at the Branch AGM.

L-8 Leading by Example

Disposition

Out Of Order

Whereas PIPSC is a Canadian labour union representing over 55,000 members working primarily in the Canadian federal public service;

Whereas PIPSC and its Constituent Bodies regularly organize and participate in rallies, and a new bargaining round has started for all Canadian public servants. While such rallies are sanctioned by PIPSC and organized by our members or our partners, very few members participate in them, which has a negative impact on our image;

Whereas at the 2013 AGM, an emergency resolution (L-8) was proposed and unanimously carried by the delegates. This resolution raised the need to urgently act against Harper Government’s attacks, and authorized PIPSC to commit all necessary resources to defend our interests; and

Whereas very few resources were put forward by the leaders of PIPSC to promote the participation of members, officers, and staff in rallies;

Be it resolved that when rallies are held in a region, a large proportion of PIPSC senior staff in that region, and a large proportion of elected officials and leaders of our union in the region, be obligated to participate in these rallies, and that disciplinary action be considered in the event of repeated non-participation.

L-9 Better Together Campaign

Disposition

Out Of Order

Whereas there is a need to increase active members on the national level from the current 1200 to closer to the target of 5500 active members;

Whereas giving opportunity to more members to serve as executive would encourage and empower them to be active in their respective constituent bodies;

Be it resolved that no member shall serve at any given moment on more than two constituent bodies.

L-10 GENDER PARITY

Disposition

Defeated

Whereas women are under-represented in position of influence in government, business and academia;

And Whereas PIPSC strives to represent their members in a fair and equitable manner;

Therefore be it resolved that the Board of Directors, the National and Regional Executives, the Committees of the Board and the Executives of constituent bodies (Branches, Groups, Sub-Groups, Councils), strive to achieve gender parity on those committees and boards.