One of the ways to get the whole union to consider your idea is to submit a resolution to Convention.

The NSGEU is a democracy!   Every member has the right to have their say and to be heard.  So, if you have an idea about what the union should do, or just an idea about something that needs to be changed. . . what do you do next?  That is what this tutorial is for. . .  Resolutions are part of the way that the union demonstrates democracy in action.

Even if you are not able to attend Convention, you can still submit a resolution to be considered by the Convention delegates.

You must have an action you want considered connected to your idea and you must provide a rationale (usually in the form of “whereas” to explain why we need the change.)

A democratic organization welcomes fresh ideas. The Union is truly democratic and there is no person or governing body with a monopoly on ideas or changes to how things are done. Consider sharing your good idea, by getting a resolution debated at Convention.

As an NSGEU member, you belong to a local. Locals are the foundation of The Union and play an important part in the democratic processes of The Union.

Some issues are bigger or affect many workers. Sometimes this includes every member, right across the Province, or even all Nova Scotians, whether or not they are NSGEU members. The Convention is the supreme decision-making (governing) body of The Union. So every three years the NSGEU has a Convention and we have discussions and debates and make decisions that set the direction for the future.
Convention-2009-054We discuss issues like protecting public services; adopt campaigns; fight back against cuts to public services delivered by our members; and promote social justice and equality issues like promoting gay rights, or fighting racism in our workplaces and our communities.

Previous Conventions have changed the structure of the union, initiated campaigns, or training, or proposed donations to charities, or support for organizations who share our goals. If you have an idea that you want to share, you can use our democratic union processes to have it considered by delegates at Convention.

And, even if you are not able to attend Convention, as a delegate, there is a way to have your views and your ideas debated. Submit a resolution to be considered by the Convention delegates.
Convention-2009-157At Convention, your ideas are called resolutions. Any member can have their idea discussed and considered by taking their idea to their Local. There, someone may have an idea to add to yours, or an improvement, and there you can get help to write and submit it as a resolution.

A democratic organization welcomes fresh ideas. The Union is truly democratic and there is no person or governing body with a monopoly on ideas or changes to how things are done. Consider sharing your good idea, by getting a resolution debated at Convention.

The Convention is always held every three years.

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. What are some examples of Resolutions that changed the Constitution and By-Laws?
  7. How can I get help to write My Resolution?
  8. Where do I take My Resolutions and what is the Local’s responsibility?
  9. What if I cannot attend a Local meeting or the Local has no interest in supporting My Resolution?
  10. What is the role of the Resolutions Committee?
  11. What is the role of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee?

 

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