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  1. All Local Unions and other subordinate bodies are members of the Canadian Council.
  2. The Canadian Council shall meet each year in which there is no Convention.
  3. All meetings and proceedings of the Canadian Council will be fully translated and interpreted in Canada’s two official languages.
  4. The Executive of the Canadian Council shall include the National Officers, the elected Chairpersons of the Regional Councils and Quebec Council, and other members as determined by Canadian Council By-Laws. The composition of the executive shall reflect the gender and equity principles of the union.
  5. The Canadian Council will be convened and chaired by the President of the National Union.
  6. There will be no levy upon Local Unions or subordinate bodies for the Canadian Council.
  7. Expenses of the Canadian Council, excluding costs for Local Union, Regional Council and Industrial Council delegates, shall be approved by the National Executive Board and borne by the National Union. Regional And Quebec Councils
  8. Local Union delegate entitlement to the Canadian Council shall be as follows:
    Local Unions with 1 to 500 members — 1 delegate
    Local Unions with 501 to 999 members — 2 delegates
    Local Unions with 1,000 to 2,999 members — 4 delegates
    Local Unions with 3,000 members or more — 6 delegatesLocal Unions may apply to the Secretary Treasurer to send one (1) additional delegate who shall be a woman or from an equityseeking group with voice and one vote. The Secretary Treasurer may restrict these delegates according to cost and space limitations.
  9. Delegates to Canadian Council shall be elected by secret ballot with a minimum of 15 days’ notice to all members of nominations and elections. Candidates with the most votes will be elected, unless the By-Laws of the Local Union stipulate otherwise.
  10. The following individuals will also be delegates to the Canadian Council with voice and one (1) vote each:
    • In addition to the Chairperson, 4 executive members of the Quebec Council and Regional Councils.
    • 3 members of each Standing Committee of the Quebec Council and Regional Councils established in this Constitution.
    • Executive members of Industry Councils.
    • Members of the National Executive Board.
    • Members of the Executive of the National Council of Retired Workers.
  11. The Canadian Council will, among other things:
    • Elect Industry Council representatives to the National Executive Board.
    • Elect a Regional Director upon a vacancy arising in that position.
    • Receive, review, discuss, and adopt reports from National Officers, Regional, Area, Industry and Department Directors, and National Representatives, with respect to their respective activities and assignments.
    • Adopt policies or resolutions which are consistent with the objectives and principles of the National Union.
    • Conduct campaigns with respect to national affairs, including matters pertaining to the Canadian Labour Congress, federal elections, and other struggles affecting the National membership.
    • Engage in special campaigns of solidarity in support of Local Unions or subordinate bodies fighting for fair contracts, secure employment, or any of the objectives of the National Union.
    • Engage in special campaigns of solidarity in support of progressive allies and community partners whose struggles are consistent with the objectives of the National Union.
    • Sustain the organizing efforts of the National Union across Canada.
  12. Canadian Council By-Laws must conform with this Constitution and are subject to the approval of the National Executive Board.
  13. The Canadian Council shall establish Standing Committees with respect to Women, Aboriginal and Workers of Colour, Young Workers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues (LGBT), Workers with Disabilities, Health and Safety and Environment (HSE), Political Action and other Committees as determined by the Executive of the Council. These committees will be composed of representatives of the respective standing committees of the Regional and Quebec Councils. The process for selecting additional members to the Standing Committees shall be described in the By-Laws. The selection of members to the Standing Committees on Women, Aboriginal and Workers of Colour, Young Workers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues (LGBT) and Workers with Disabilities, shall include a provision for peer election.
  14. Successive meetings of the Canadian Council shall take place in different locations in Canada.
  15. All elections conducted by the Canadian Council shall be by a secret ballot, or other secure and confidential voting system on a per capita basis. Per capita voting strength shall be divided equally among the number of Local Union delegates attending, with any leftover votes to be allocated to the President or Chairperson of the delegation.
  16. All resolutions, except those seeking a Constitutional amendment which require a two-thirds vote for approval, shall be approved by a majority of those voting by a show of hands unless a request for a per capita vote is made by 20 per cent of delegates.

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