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  1. A group of Local Unions having members in a defined economic sector may jointly propose the formation of an Industry Council to the President.
  2. The proposal shall include a description of the objectives, governance, By-Laws, and financing of the Industry Council along with a list of the initial Local Union components of the Industry Council, with a concise description of the relevant work undertaken by members of the Local Union components.
  3. The President shall convey the proposal with a recommendation to the National Executive Board, at its next meeting.
  4. The National Executive Board shall determine whether to accept or reject the proposal, or return it to the applicant Local Unions with suggestions for amendments. The applicant Local Unions may resubmit an amended proposal.
  5. Once an Industry Council is established, all Local Unions or bargaining units thereof in the defined economic sector shall be invited and encouraged to join.
  6. The National Executive Board shall convene the first meeting of an Industry Council with at least two (2) months’ notice to all Local Unions or bargaining units who have members employed in the economic sector represented by the Council. An Executive of the Council shall be elected in accordance with Council By-Laws, at the first meeting. The By-Laws of the Council shall reflect the gender and equity principles of the National Union.
  7. The Industry Council shall be financed by a per capita levy on the membership of the Local Unions, or components thereof, employed in that sector. The amount of the per capita levy shall be decided by the Industry Council.
  8. The Industry Council shall meet at least once a year and will be encouraged to coordinate such meetings with the meetings of the Canadian Council.
  9. In economic sectors where the President has appointed an Industry/Sector Director, the Director shall help coordinate the work of the Industry Council.
  10. The purposes of the Industry Council are to, among other things:
    ● Make nominations to the National Executive Board.
    ● Advocate on behalf of the members in the economic sector with respect to matters of common concern.
    ● Debate, formulate and coordinate industrial strategies.
    ● Assist in the coordination of collective bargaining demands and agendas, and through the formulation of policies, deal with employers in the economic sector in a supportive and strategic fashion.
    ● Assist in the organization of new bargaining units within the economic sector and partner with the National Union in strategic organizing.
    ● To meet, share information, network, and coordinate all union representative and community activities in the economic sector.
  11. Industry Councils who wish to make nominations to the National Executive Board shall do so well in advance of the Board elections at the Canadian Council, and with proper notice to all participating Local Unions in the Industry Council.
  12. In discussions with the National Executive Board, concerning these nominations, the Executive of the Industry Council may act on behalf of the Council.

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