What if I want to change something in the Constitution and By-Laws?

Writing Constitutional Amendments

You use the “Constitutional Amendment Form” when your idea for change or action will affect the Constitution and By-Laws. (Note:  Your General resolution MUST be consistent with the Constitution and By-Laws of the NSGEU.  If it is not,  then you will have to first submit a Constitutional Amendment.)

See: Section 3.10 of the Constitution, for detail on Constitutional Amendments. 

Tip for Writing Constitutional Amendments — you must find all of the relevant sections of the Constitution that deal with your issue and change them.   A tip is to use the online constitution and use <CTRL F> to search for a word. This will not always find all relevant sections but it helps!

constitution bookAn example of a Constitutional Amendment is:

Sample Constitutional Amendment Resolution C-09-09 (submitted by NSGEU Board of Directors)

Subject of Resolution: Election of Delegates to Convention.

Intent of Resolution: Clarification of election process of delegates to Convention.

Whereas Convention 2005 delegates referred By-laws Section 3 to the incoming Board of Directors for review based on the discussion on the convention floor, and;

Whereas Convention 2007 delegates made amendments By-laws Section 3.2, and;

Whereas some locals have experienced difficulty in electing the allotted number of delegates based on the local membership due to eligibility requirements.

Therefore be it resolved that a new By-Law Section 3, subsection 3.3 be added to read as follows;

3.3 Where a local does not have enough members eligible for nomination to convention in accordance with sub-section

3.2 above, any member in good standing shall be considered eligible for nomination.

3.3 Following the election of local delegates to convention who have met the eligibility requirements for nomination in accordance with sub-section 3.2 above, if a local does not elect the permitted number of delegates in accordance with Article 3, Section 3.3 of the NSGEU Constitution, then any member in good standing shall be considered eligible for nomination for the remaining delegate seats.

Be it further resolved that the remaining sub-sections of By-law section 3 be renumbered accordingly.

3.3 3.4 The election of the delegates shall be through the normal process of nomination and balloting with the successful nomination receiving more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast.

3.4 3.5 Alternates to the delegates elected to attend Convention shall be elected through a separate election in the same manner as delegates.

3.5 3.6 Each delegate and alternate must be a member of the Local they represent.

3.6 3.7 The Local Delegates shall report to the next Local meeting following the Convention on business enacted at the Convention as either a group or individual.

3.7 3.8 Notwithstanding By-Laws – Section 3.3 3.4, the Local President may be a delegate as of right providing the Local adopts a By-law providing such right and those adopted By-laws are submitted for approval to the Executive Committee no later than 30 days after the Biennial Local meeting.

Resolution C-11-01         (submitted by NSGEU Board of Directors)

Subject of Resolution:  Provincial Committees

Intent of Resolution:  To correct wording in By-Law B11.6 of the NSGEU Constitution and By-Laws.

 Whereas:  By-Laws section B11.6 of the NSGEU Constitution and By-Laws currently states, “Each Local shall elect the number of Committee members, in accordance with the Local entitlement provided in the By-Laws, at a meeting convened to elect a Board member as required in the Constitution”. and

 Whereas:  Locals do not elect Committee members, but elect Committee Pool members, and

 Whereas:  Local entitlement is provided in the NSGEU Constitution and By-Laws, By-Laws section B11.5; and

Whereas:  The election for Committee Pool members takes place at the Local’s Biennial meeting and not a meeting convened to elect a Board member; and

 Therefore be it resolved that:  By-Laws section B11.6 of the NSGEU Constitution and By-Laws be amended to read, “Each Local shall elect the number of Committee Pool members, in accordance with the Local entitlement provided in the NSGEU Constitution and By-Laws, By-Laws section B11.5 at the Local’s Biennial meeting.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What exactly is a Resolution?
  2. How is a Resolution written?
  3. How do I get a copy of the Resolutions or Constitutional Amendment Form?
  4. What if I want to change something in the Constitution and By-Laws?
  5. What are some examples of Previous Resolutions?
  6. How can I get help to write My Resolution, and where do I submit it?
  7. What are the roles of the Local, the Board of Directors, the Resolutions committee and the Constitutional Amendments Committee? 
  8. Check List Before you Submit Your resolution.