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A: RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRESIDENT

1. Between National Executive Board meetings, the President has authority. He or she works to protect and advance the interests of Unifor. He/she is responsible to the National Executive Board, and ultimately the membership, for the administration of Unifor, and all its programs and activities.

2. The President leads and coordinates the leadership team of the National Union. The President directs and coordinates collective bargaining undertaken in the Union.

3. The President must act in conformity with the Constitution, and the actions of Convention or Special Convention, and National Executive Board and Canadian Council.

4. The President may act personally or through delegation of authority to other National Officers, Regional Directors, or Staff of the National Union.

At Convention and Canadian Council

5. The President is the presiding Officer at a Convention, Special Convention and Canadian Council.

6. He/she will report to the Convention and Canadian Council.

National Executive Board

7. The President shall convene and preside at regular and Special Meetings of the National Executive Board, other than a meeting convened under Article 7 section B Paragraph 6.

8. The President will report on his/her activities and make recommendations to the National Executive Board. All his/her actions will be subject to approval of the Board. He/she will carry out the instructions or decisions of the Board.

Special Meetings

9. The National President may call Special Meetings of Councils, Local Unions or other subordinate bodies, to protect the interests of their members.

Assignment of Duties

10. The President may assign duties and responsibilities to other National Officers, Regional Directors and Staff of the Union, and such an assignment may be withdrawn at the President’s discretion.

Resolution of Disputes

11. The President will rule on all Constitutional issues, except where another dispute resolution procedure is provided by this Constitution.

Commercial Contracts with Third Parties

12. The President is a signing officer of the National Union. To conduct the affairs of the National Union and in keeping with its objectives, the President or Secretary Treasurer has the authority to sign, administer and enforce any commercial contract on behalf of the National Union with another party.

13. The President or Secretary Treasurer may delegate this authority in writing to the Quebec Director, a Regional Director and/or a National Representative. Unless the Officer revokes it, the authority will be good for the remainder of the Officer’s term.

Staff

14. All staff of the National Union shall be appointed or hired by the President. The President shall administer the collective agreements made with the collective bargaining agents representing the staff of the National Union.

15. The President may establish new staff departments or reorganize existing departments, or area offices, as approved by the National Executive Board.

Spokesperson

16. The President is the spokesperson of the National Union.

Committee Appointments

17. The President shall appoint all National Union committees and delegations of the National Union not otherwise provided for in this Constitution, or policies of the National Union, subject to the approval of the National Executive Board.

General Authority

18. The President shall exercise his/her authority and responsibilities as expressed elsewhere in this Constitution.

B: RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SECRETARY TREASURER

  1. The Secretary Treasurer is part of the National leadership team of Unifor, and shall assist the President in carrying out his/her responsibilities.
  2. The Secretary Treasurer shall act under the direction of the President and shall assume administrative, political, organizing and bargaining responsibilities as assigned by the President.
  3. The Secretary Treasurer will act as the financial officer of the National Union and report on the financial affairs of the National Union to Convention, Canadian Council, the National Executive Board, Local Unions and other subordinate bodies of the Union as deemed appropriate.
  4. He/she will be the custodian of the National Union’s funds, seal, and financial books and records.
  5. He/she shall receive the income of the National Union, and collect all monies due to it. He/she shall deposit all funds of the National Union in its name with appropriate financial institutions.
  6. He/she shall pay all bills and expenses of the National Union, by cheque, counter-signed by the President.
  7. He/she shall invest the money of the National Union not needed to meet current obligations, according to procedures and standards set by the National Executive Board.
  8. The Secretary Treasurer shall take all necessary steps to register and/or copyright the name, logo, insignia and/or seal and other property of the National Union.
  9. The Secretary Treasurer shall ensure that there is an official record of the proceedings of Convention, Special Convention, National Executive Board and Canadian Council.
  10. He/she shall ensure adequate bonding, in the amounts prescribed by the National Executive Board for every Officer, Representative and staff person of the National Union who handles the funds or other property of the National Union.
  11. The Secretary Treasurer shall coordinate and maintain a National Union membership list. The list shall be used only for purposes that conform to the objectives of the Union.
  12. The Secretary Treasurer shall prepare and present to the National Executive Board an annual National Union budget, or other special budget as may be requested.
  13. The Secretary Treasurer shall exercise his/her authority and responsibilities as expressed elsewhere in this Constitution.

C: RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE QUEBEC DIRECTOR

  1. The Quebec Director shall be part of the National leadership team and shall assist the President and Secretary Treasurer in carrying out their responsibilities.
  2. The Quebec Director shall act under the direction of the President on any matter concerning the National Union as a whole and shall assume administrative, political, organizing and bargaining responsibilities as assigned by the President.
  3. The Quebec Director shall administer and direct the activities of the Union in Quebec.
  4. The Quebec Director shall act on behalf of the President on matters related to the national character or distinctness of Quebec and is the principal spokesperson of the Union in Quebec.
  5. The Quebec Director shall be responsible for all programs and policies of the National Union and the Quebec Council and shall ensure the objectives of the Union are achieved.
  6. The Quebec Director shall recommend to the President the appointment of Assistants, Area Directors, National Representatives, specialized staff and support staff to conduct the affairs of the Union in Quebec. The Quebec Director shall direct and coordinate the work of his/her Assistants, Area Directors and Staff in Quebec.
  7. The Quebec Director may make recommendations to the President with respect to the area office and Department structure of the National Union in Quebec.
  8. The Quebec Director shall report and make recommendations to each meeting of the Quebec Council and shall submit a report to each meeting of the Canadian Council. The Quebec Director shall also report to the National Executive Board at its meetings.
  9. The Quebec Director shall assist in the coordination of the Quebec Council and shall be a delegate to the Quebec Council and a member of the Executive of the Quebec Council.
  10. The Quebec Director shall have the authority to convene a meeting of the Quebec Council, if it is determined by him/her to be necessary and in the best interest of the members in Quebec.
  11. The Quebec Director shall exercise his/her authority and responsibilities as expressed elsewhere in this Constitution.

D: RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTORS

  1. The Regional Directors shall assist the President and carry out assignments as determined by the President and the National Executive Board.
  2. The Regional Directors shall be part of the National leadership team and shall assist the National Officers in carrying out their responsibilities.
  3. The Regional Directors shall be responsible for all programs and policies of the Union within their region and shall ensure the objectives of the Union are achieved.
  4. The Regional Directors shall assist in coordinating the activities of the Regional Council(s) in his/her region.
  5. The Regional Directors are delegates to the Regional Councils in his/her area and shall be a member of the Executive of the appropriate Regional Council(s).
  6. The Regional Directors shall report and make recommendations to each meeting of the Regional Council in his/her region and shall submit reports to each meeting of the Canadian Council.
  7. The Regional Directors shall coordinate the work of National Representatives and Area Directors and jointly strive to build the Union in their Region.

E: SALARIES AND HONORARIUMS

  1. The annual salaries of the National Officers and Regional Directors, as of January 1, 2019, shall be:
    • President $166,571.41
    • Secretary Treasurer $153,640.40
    • Quebec Director $145,099.92
    • Regional Directors $139,761.71
  2. Effective January 1, 2017 and continuing every January 1 thereafter, the salary for each National Officer and Regional Director shall increase by a percentage amount reflecting the weighted average wage increase of the membership in the preceding year.
  3. The weighted average wage increase shall include all regular wages but will not include lump sums, bonuses or other special adjustments.
  4. The weighted average wage increase will be prepared by the Director of Research and presented to the National Executive Board for approval at the first regular meeting of each year.
  5. National Executive Board members who are not full time National Officers or Regional Directors shall receive an honorarium of $600 per month.

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