ARTICLE 1: NAME
1.1 This sector shall
be known as the OPSEU Education Sector of the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
INTERPRETATION AND ABBREVIATION
2.1 “Union” means the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and
not subsidiary body.
2.2 “Sector” refers
to the OPSEU Boards of Education Sector.
refers to the constitution of the Union.
2.4 “Executive Board”
refers to the Executive Board of the Union.
2.5 “Local” or “Unit”
refers to a single unit Local or a unit of a
Multi-unit or Composite Local composed of members
employed by the Boards of Education.
ARTICLE 3: HEADQUARTERS
3.1 The headquarters
of the Sector and the Union shall be the same and
set out in Article 3.1 of the Constitution.
ARTICLE 4: AIMS AND
4.1 The aims and
purposes of the Sector shall be:
a) To coordinate Union
activities on a Sectors basis;
b) To participate with labour unions and union
groups and other organizations to promote and
support the aims and purposes and goals of the Union
as set out in the Constitution;
c) To develop and promote sectoral bargaining;
d) To promote organizing initiatives within the
ARTICLE 5: AUTHORITY
5.1 The authority for
the formation and activities of Sector are set out
in Article 21 of the Constitution.
ARTICLE 6: JURISDICTION
6.1 Locals and Units
comprised of members of the Union who are employed
by Boards of Education.
ARTICLE 7: MEMBERSHIP
AND MEMBERSHIP RIGHTS
7.1 Any Local or Unit
as defined in Article 6.1, shall be deemed to be a
member of the Sector.
7.2 Every Local or
Unit is entitled to:
a) Participate in the
business of the Sector with full voting privileges;
b) Run for office within the Sector; and
c) Receive a copy of the By Laws of the Sector, be
advised of amendments to it, and receive an updated
copy whenever it is compiled and reprinted.
entitlement, funded by Head Office, from
Locals/Units to Sector Meetings shall be according
to the “Convention Formula”, based on the number of
members within the Local or Unit, except that the
Local President will be the first delegate providing
that his/her unit is represented by the Sector.
7.4 Sector Executive
Committee members shall be automatic delegates to
ARTICLE 8: MEETINGS
8.1 Meetings or
Conference Calls of the Sector will be called from
time to time in compliance with the Policy of the
8.2 A quorum of
Sector Meetings shall be 50% of the delegates
registered and entitled to vote. Should the
Executive Board change the required percentage, this
Article will be amended accordingly.
8.3 Meetings or
Conference Calls of the Sector Executive can be
called at any time by the Chairperson of the Sector;
however there will be no less than one meeting per
8.4 The Sector shall
follow the rules of order as set out in the
Constitution. In matters not covered by the
Constitution, “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall apply.
ARTICLE 9: OFFICERS
9.1 The Executive
Officers shall be comprised of a Chairperson, Vice
Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and an Executive
Officer at Large.
9.2 The Executive
Officers shall be elected by and from the delegates
at a Sector Meeting for a period of two years.
9.3 Two alternates
shall be elected to fill vacancies that may occur on
the Executive during the term of office. Alternates
shall be elected by the Sector at large and ranked
by the highest number of votes.
ARTICLE 10: AD
10.1 From time to
time it may become necessary for the Executive
Officers to appoint an Ad Hoc Committee for a
specific purpose. In this instance, the Executive
Officers will establish terms of reference for the
Ad Hoc Committee.
10.2 Ad Hoc
Committees established in 10.1 shall be for a set
period of time as decided by the Executive Officers
and shall report on their progress regularly and at
ARTICLE 11: GENERAL
11.1 These By Laws
may be amended only by a two-thirds majority of the
delegates present and voting at a Sector Meeting.
11.2 These By Laws
and all amendments shall be subject to the approval
of the President of the Union before coming into
11.3 In all matters
not specifically dealt with above, or where conflict
arises, these By Laws shall be subject to the
provisions of the Constitution and/or such Policies
as are enunciated by the Executive Board.