Submitted by the National Executive Board
Article 7.2 of the CUPE Constitution will be amended to read:
The National Executive Board shall be composed of the National President, the National Secretary-Treasurer, five (5) General Vice-Presidents, fourteen (14) Regional Vice-Presidents, five (5) Women Vice-Presidents and two (2) Diversity Vice-Presidents, elected by the Convention. The Regional Vice-Presidents shall be from the following regions:
For the purposes of this Article, Northern Ontario shall be considered to be the area north of the French River.
The Women Vice-Presidents shall be from the following regions:
Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador,
The provision for five Women Vice-Presidents shall take effect at the 2005 Convention and shall remain in effect until the close of the 2007 National Convention.
And Article 11.3 will be amended to read:
A candidate for the office of Regional Vice-President or Woman Vice-President must be a member in good standing of a local union within the geographical area for which he/she is nominated. A Regional Vice-President or Woman Vice-President shall relinquish office upon ceasing to reside in the geographical area for which he/she has been elected.
A General, Regional or Woman Vice-President who ceases to comply with the provisions of Article 6.8 of this Constitution shall not be eligible to continue as a member of the National Executive Board.
And Article 11.10 (b) will be amended to read:
In the event of a vacancy in the office of a Regional Vice-President or Woman Vice-President, the National Executive Board shall fill the vacancy, by majority vote of all its members, for the period of the unexpired term. All chartered bodies in the region shall be consulted as to a nomination for a replacement of a Regional Vice-President or Woman Vice-President. Such replacement shall be made within 45 days of the vacancy having occurred.
And Article 17.2 will be amended to read:
Regional meetings of the staff shall be held at least once yearly. General, Regional and Women Vice-Presidents in their regions shall be given due notice and invited to attend with normal loss of pay and expenses paid by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
BECAUSE the representation of women on CUPE’s National Executive Board is at its lowest level in a generation.
BECAUSE women face barriers within CUPE, including assuming elected office at senior levels within our union.
BECAUSE barriers to electoral office are but one barrier facing women, and the time-limited nature of this resolution will allow the proposed CUPE Task Force on Women to consult extensively within our union and to issue a report with recommendations to the 2007 National Convention.
Approved by the National Executive Board at its June 2005 meeting.