Before your idea goes to Convention, you need to decide how to present it. Your idea will be treated differently depending on whether or not it requires a change to the Constitution and By-Laws. You and your Local must determine if it is a General Resolution or a Constitution Amendment. You use a General Resolution only when your action or idea for change will not affect the Union’s Constitution and By-Laws.
In fact, there are three types of resolutions that can be debated at Convention:
A formal statement of opinion, or a statement to direct an action, adopted by the NSGEU Convention delegates at the Triennial Convention. This does not include changes to the Constitution and By-laws, which is a Constitutional Amendment. General resolutions are submitted to the Resolutions Committee. Resolutions must be received in the NSGEU Head Office by March 8, 2013.
A means to change, alter, improve or correct the Constitution and By-laws of the NSGEU. Must be submitted, as a resolution on the proper form, by March 8th.
This is the term used if your idea deals with issues or events that happened AFTER the deadline for resolutions to be submitted, (March 8th) has passed. This deadline is the same for both General Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments.