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  1. The National Executive Board brings together the leadership team of Unifor. While representing distinct groups in the Union, all
  2. National Executive Board members have the responsibility and duty to advance and protect the interests of the entire membership.
  3. The National Executive Board is the highest authority of Unifor between Conventions.
  4. The National Executive Board shall meet at least three (3) times a year. It may hold Special Meetings, as needed.
  5. When fully constituted, the National Executive Board shall have twenty-five members reflecting a balance of industrial, gender, equity, and regional representation.
  6. Terms of office of all members of the National Executive Board shall be three (3) years.

A: COMPOSITION OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

National Officers

  1. The National Executive Board shall include three (3) full-time National Officers:
    • President
    • Secretary Treasurer
    • Quebec Director
  2. The President and Secretary Treasurer shall be elected by the Convention for a three-year term, by secret ballot or other secure confidential voting system on a per capita basis. To be elected to office, the candidate must receive a majority of votes cast. If no candidate receives a majority on the first vote, there will be a second vote between the two (2) candidates with the highest number of votes.
  3. The Quebec Director shall be elected by secret ballot or other secure confidential voting system on a per capita basis, by the Quebec Council preceding Convention, and shall be affirmed by Convention for a three-year term.
  4. The National Officers shall take the oath of office and be installed immediately after they are elected.
  5. If the office of the President or the Secretary Treasurer becomes vacant, the National Executive Board, within thirty days, must call a Special Convention to elect a new officer. If there is a vacancy in the office of the President within one hundred and twenty (120) days before a Convention, then the Secretary Treasurer shall assume the responsibilities of that office. Similarly, if there is a vacancy in the office of the Secretary Treasurer, within one hundred and twenty (120) days before a Convention, then the President shall assume those responsibilities.
  6. If the office of Quebec Director becomes vacant, the National Executive Board, within thirty (30) days, shall call a meeting of the Quebec Council to elect a Quebec Director.

Regional Directors

7. The National Executive Board shall include three (3) full-time Regional Directors, one (1) for Atlantic Canada, Ontario, and Western Canada.

8. Each Regional Director shall be elected by Convention by secret ballot or other secure confidential voting system on a per capita basis for a three-year term. They will be nominated from within their region at a meeting of the Region’s delegates at Convention.

9. To be elected to office, the candidate must receive a majority of votes cast. If no one receives a majority of the first vote, there will be a second vote between the two (2) candidates with the two highest votes.

10. Each Regional Director shall take the oath of office and be installed immediately after he or she is elected.

11. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Regional Director, the National Executive Board shall appoint an interim Regional Director until the next Canadian Council or Convention at which time a successor shall be elected for the remainder of the term.

Chairpersons of Regional Councils and Quebec Council

12. The National Executive Board shall include the elected Chairperson of the:

    • Quebec Council
    • British Columbia Council
    • Prairies Council
    • Ontario Council
    • Atlantic Council

13. The Regional Council and Quebec Council Chairpersons shall be elected for a three-year term by delegates of the respective Councils.

14. To be eligible for office, the Regional Council Chairpersons and Chairperson of the Quebec Council shall be an elected delegate to their respective councils.

15. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Regional Council Chairperson or Chairperson of the Quebec Council, the respective Vice-Chairperson shall serve as an interim chairperson until the next regularly scheduled council meeting.

Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Representative

16. The National Executive Board shall include a representative of Aboriginal and Workers of Colour.

17. The Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Representative will be elected by his/her peers at the annual National Conference of Aboriginal and Workers of Colour by a secret ballot majority vote for a three-year term. This conference shall include the standing committees on aboriginal and workers of colour issues established within the Regional and Quebec Councils. It will also determine the description and language that will be used to describe aboriginal and workers of colour in the structures and communications of Unifor.

18. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Representative, the National Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committee (i.e.: the Canadian Council Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Standing Committee) shall select, from within its ranks, an interim representative to serve on the National Executive Board until the next National Conference of Aboriginal and Workers of Colour, at which time an election will take place.

Industry Council Representatives

19. The National Executive Board shall include eleven (11) Industry Council representatives, selected from nominations by Industry Councils.

20. Industry Council representatives on the National Executive Board shall be elected by a secret ballot majority vote or other secure confidential voting system on a per capita basis of the Canadian Council, based on nominations by Industry Council and recommendations to the Canadian Council by the National Executive Board. The National Executive Board will receive nominations from the Industry Councils reasonably in advance of a Canadian Council meeting and present recommendations to meet the gender, regional and industry representation expressed in this Constitution. All such recommendations will be mutually agreed with the appropriate Industry Council.

21. Industry Council representatives shall be elected by a secret ballot majority vote or other secure confidential voting system on a per capita basis. The Industry Council representatives shall take the oath of office and be installed after they are elected.

22. Elections for the Industry Council representatives shall take place at the Canadian Council following every Convention and shall be for a term of three (3) years.

23. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Industry Council Representative, the National Executive Board, in consultation with the respective Industry Council, shall select an interim representative who shall serve until the next Canadian Council meeting at which time an election shall occur.

Retired Workers Representative

24. The National Executive Board shall include a representative of Retired Workers.

25. The Retired Workers Representative shall be the Chairperson of the National Council of Retired Workers Executive.

26. The term of office of the Retired Workers Representative on the National Executive Board shall be the term of office of the Chairperson of the National Council of Retired Workers and shall not exceed three (3) years.

27. The Chairperson of the National Council of Retired Workers shall take the oath of office and shall be installed as a member of the National Executive Board.

28. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Retired Workers Representative, the Vice-Chairperson of the National Council of Retired Workers shall serve as interim representative until an election has occurred.

Skilled Trades Representative

29. The National Executive Board shall include a representative of Skilled Trades Workers.

30. The Skilled Trades Representative shall be the Chairperson of the National Skilled Trades Council.

31. The term of office of the Skilled Trades Workers Representative on the National Executive Board shall be the term of office of the Chairperson of the National Skilled Trades Council and shall not exceed (3) three years.

32. The Chairperson of the National Skilled Trades Council shall take the oath of office and shall be installed as a member of the National Executive Board.

33. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Skilled Trades Workers Representative, the Vice-Chairperson of the National Skilled Trades Council shall serve as interim representative until an election has occurred.

Gender Balance

34. The number of women sitting on the National Executive Board shall be at least equal to the proportion of women members in the Union.

Regional Balance

35. Members from any one region of the National Union (Atlantic Region, Ontario Region, Western Region and Quebec) shall not hold more than 13 of the 25 seats on the National Executive Board at any one time.

Membership in Good Standing

36. To be eligible for election to any position as a National Officer, Regional Director, or other member of the National Executive Board, a candidate must be a member in good standing of the National Union.

B: NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD PROCEDURES

  1. A majority of the National Executive Board shall be present to constitute a quorum. No business shall be conducted without a quorum. Only a majority of the National Executive Board can adjourn a board meeting.
  2. The National Executive Board shall make decisions by majority vote. Each member has one (1) vote.
  3. Verbatim transcripts will be taken at National Executive Board meetings. The proceedings will be transcribed immediately and sent to Board members. A record of decisions and actions of the National Executive Board shall be provided to all Local Unions and subordinate bodies in a timely way.
  4. The National Executive Board may initiate an in-camera session, at its discretion.
  5. In the event that a request for a Special National Executive Board meeting has been made by four (4) members of the Board, and been declined by the President, four (4) Board members may submit a written request to the Secretary Treasurer for a Special National Executive Board meeting.
  6. Within 48 hours of receiving the request, the Secretary Treasurer will poll the National Executive Board members. If a majority votes in favour, the President will convene the Board within five (5) days. If the President fails to do it, the Secretary Treasurer or a Board member assigned to do it by the National Executive Board will arrange the meeting.

C: NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY

  1. The National Executive Board may rescind, reverse or repeal any action or decision of any National Officer, Regional Director, or member of the National Executive Board.
  2. The National Executive Board shall cause to amend any By-Laws of a Local Union or other subordinate body that do not conform to this Constitution.
  3. The National Executive Board may settle jurisdictional disputes between Local Unions.
  4. The National Executive Board shall oversee the funds of the National Union and authorize expenditures which conform to the objectives of this Constitution, and policies of the Union.
  5. The National Executive Board shall ensure that the financial accounts and records of the National Union are audited at least annually by an independent Chartered Accountant approved by the Board, with a copy of the audit report to be delivered in a timely way to all Local Unions and subordinate bodies.
  6. The National Executive Board shall have the authority to administer the National Strike and Defence Fund Policy.
  7. The National Executive Board shall be empowered to amend this Constitution for the purpose of complying with any legal requirements relating to the acceptance of this Constitution, the Union’s status at law, as a trade union or bargaining agent, as advised by legal counsel.
  8. The National Executive Board shall approve the terms and conditions of employment of non-unionized employees of the National Union. With respect to all other staff of the National Union, the National Executive Board must ratify the collective agreement governing their terms and conditions of employment before the agreement is effective.
  9. The National Executive Board shall decide how and for how much National Officers, Regional Directors, Staff, and Local Union signing Officers will be bonded.
  10. The National Executive Board shall approve the department and area office structure of the National Union.
  11. The National Executive Board shall receive, review and approve applications for a Local Union, Community Chapter, or subordinate body Charter.
  12. The National Executive Board shall approve the By-Laws of the Canadian Council, Quebec, Regional and Industry Councils and Local Unions and other subordinate bodies and will, among other things, ensure that they shall reflect the gender and equity principles of this Constitution.
  13. The National Executive Board shall exercise its authority and mandate as expressed elsewhere in this Constitution.
  14. Between Conventions, the National Executive Board has the authority to make and amend policies of the National Union.

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