1. The National Executive Board shall establish a Skilled Trades structure within Unifor.
Skilled Trades Members
2. A Skilled Trades member is a member who has completed an apprenticeable trade and is working in a Skilled Trades classification or who has otherwise satisfied the requirements to receive a union journeyperson card. Where a member or group of members believes they have satisfied the requirements they can request a review from the Skilled Trades Department of the National Union.
Skilled Trades Program
3. A Local Union or bargaining unit, with the support of the majority of Skilled Trades members can make application to the National Executive Board to participate in the Skilled Trades Program.
4. The Skilled Trades Program is intended to coordinate and support the skilled trades in the Union. The program works to promote journeyperson standards, secure apprenticeships, and support bargaining on skilled trades issues. The program recognizes the interests of the trades within the Union and works to strengthen solidarity between trades and other members of the Union.
5. In addition to regular dues, a Skilled Trades member, working in a skilled trades classification under the Skilled Trades Program, will pay annual dues equivalent to one-half hour of regular wages once a year.
6. The dues are remitted to the National Skilled Trades Council and the Area Skilled Trades Council in a distribution established in the By-Laws of the National Skilled Trades Council.
7. The Skilled Trades Department of the National Union shall work with Local Unions and bargaining units to establish skilled trades recognition language in collective agreements and to secure additional provisions which safeguard and advance the interests of skilled trades. Local Unions or units in the Skilled Trades Program shall submit demands affecting Skilled Trades members to the Skilled Trades Department of the National Union before submitting them to the employer.
8. In workplaces in the Skilled Trades Program, Skilled Trades members may request to vote in separate ratifications as in Article 17 (Collective Bargaining). A Local Union or bargaining unit may apply, on behalf of its Skilled Trades members, to the President of the National Union for separate balloting on matters which relate exclusively to the Skilled Trades. Where a request for separate ratification has been rejected by the Local Union the Skilled Trades can request a Review of Decision to the President of the National Union.
9. In workplaces in the Skilled Trades Program workplace representatives may be elected exclusively by and from the Skilled Trades to represent Skilled Trades members.
10. Local Unions and bargaining units in the Skilled Trades Program shall send delegates to the Skilled Trades Collective Bargaining and New Technology Conference which is convened every three (3) years.
11. Skilled Trades members in the Skilled Trades Program are members of the National Skilled Trades Council and its Area Councils.
National Skilled Trades Council
12. All Skilled Trades members who pay the special Skilled Trades assessment in the Skilled Trades Program are members of the National Skilled Trades Council.
13. The By-Laws of the National Skilled Trades Council shall be submitted for approval to the National Executive Board and shall include a description of its objectives, composition of the executive, provisions for establishing Area Councils, rules and procedures, schedule of meetings and the distribution of dues between the National and Area Councils. The By-Laws shall reflect the gender and equity principles of the National Union.
14. The National Skilled Trades Council shall be composed of delegates from all Area Councils of the Skilled Trades and where Skilled Trades Area Councils are not established by delegates from other Skilled Trades bodies approved by the National Skilled Trades Council.
15. Delegates to the National Skilled Trades Council are selected from Area Skilled Trades Councils and other approved bodies in a manner specified in the By-Laws of the Councils and in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution.
16. The National Skilled Trades Council shall elect an executive including a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Financial Secretary and a Recording Secretary. The composition of the executive shall reflect the gender and equity principles of the Union. The executive shall be elected at a meeting of the National Skilled Trades Council called for that purpose. The term of office is for three (3) years.
17. Elections shall conform to the procedures in the Constitution which require secret ballots or other secure and confidential voting systems, run-offs between the top two (2) contenders and election results based on the majority of votes cast on a per capita basis.
18. Upon election, the Chairperson of the National Skilled Trades Council shall be a member of the National Executive Board.
19. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall serve as an interim Chairperson until an election is conducted at the next scheduled meeting of the National Skilled Trades Council.