REGULATION NO. 24 - HONOURS AND AWARDS

24.1  Administration

  1. Nominations listed in this Regulation must be submitted by a member other than the nominee, except for Scholarships and ICA.

  2. All submissions except for Service Pins should be submitted to the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee.

  3. The Committee shall have at least thirty days (30) to review all submissions prior to making a recommendation to Executive Council.

  4. The Honours and Awards Committee shall present the nomination, with its recommendation, at the following meeting of the Executive Council.

  5. All recipients of UTE member awards must be a member in good standing.

24.2  CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT (AL Lough Award)

  1. The award shall be a suitably inscribed certificate.

  2. Nominees have demonstrated their commitment to achieving the aims and objectives of UTE.

24.2.1 Presentation

The award shall be presented at a Local, Regional or National Event by a Union Official.

24.3  SERVICE PINS

Service pins of three (3), five (5), ten (10), fifteen (15), twenty (20), twenty-five (25), thirty (30), thirty-five (35) years will be awarded annually by the Locals to those members who have served the membership within the union movement.  Such pins shall be awarded based upon a Local member’s recommendation or Executive Council Officers’ recommendation.

24.3.1 Presentation

The service pins shall be presented at a Local, Regional or National Union Event by a union official.

24.4   CERTIFICATES AND AWARDS FOR LONG SERVICE OF 40 YEARS OR MORE

(1)       A certificate and an award shall be issued to individuals who have served the membership in the union for a period of 40 years or more. Such certificate and award shall be issued at the recommendation of a Local or an Executive Council member.

(2)       The certificate for long service of 40 years or more is a document bearing an appropriate dedication.

(3)       The award should be one of the following: a pin, a ring or a watch. All awards issued must bear the UTE logo.

24.4.1 Presentation

This certificate and award shall be presented at a Local Annual General Meeting, a Presidents’ Conference or a National Conference by a Local President, Executive Council member or the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee, wherever feasible.

24.5  Award of Merit (Godfroy Côté Award)

  1. The award shall be a suitably inscribed plaque.

  2. Nominees have:

    1. demonstrated their commitment to achieving the aims and objectives of UTE;

    2. exhibited exemplary service at any level of UTE; 

      1. Definition of Exemplary Service:

        1. serving as an example; by demonstrating union values;

        2. admirable, commendable, ideal model, praiseworthy or  exceptional. 

    3. accumulated service at any level of UTE for a minimum of five (5) years.

24.5.1 Presentation

The award shall be presented at a Local AGM, President Conference, or a National Conference by a Local President, Executive Council Officer or Chairperson of Honours and Awards Committee wherever feasible

24.6  LIFE MEMBERSHIP

  1. The award shall be a suitably inscribed plaque.

  2. Members shall have all the rights as described in By-Law 3, Section 3.

  3. Members shall be entitled to a UTE ring or an engraved UTE watch.

  4. Members shall be invited to our Convention, and for those that wish to attend, all of their expenses shall be paid in accordance with these By-Laws and Regulations as if they were a delegate.

  5. Members will be recognized in some manner in Convention.

  6. Nominees must have:

    1. demonstrated their commitment to achieving the aims and objectives of UTE;

    2. accumulated service at the Local and National level of UTE for a minimum of fifteen (15) years; and

    3. exhibited exemplary service at the Local and national level of UTE.

      1. Definition of Exemplary Service:
        1. serving as an example, by demonstrating union values.
        2. admirable, commendable, ideal model, praiseworthy, exceptional, or outstanding.
        3. demonstrating leadership in advancing the union movement for the betterment of all members.
           
  7. To receive a Life Membership Award, a 2/3rd majority vote is required at Executive Council.

24.6.1 Presentation

  1. The award shall be presented at a Presidents’ Conference or a National Convention by the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee or as determined by the Committee.

  2. If the nominee is not attending the event, UTE will cover the necessary expenses if the nominee wishes to attend to receive their award.

24.7 THE UNION OF TAXATION EMPLOYEES HUMANITARIAN AWARD

  1. This award is limited to one candidate only per year within the applications received.

  2. All nominations for this award must be received by the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee by December 15th at 23:59 (EST) of each year.

  3. The award shall be a suitably inscribed plaque and will include an award of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00).

  4. The award and the recipient will be recommended by the Honours and Awards Committee to the Executive Council.

  5. The monetary award will be paid to the cause espoused by the recipient or to a charity of their choice.

  6. Nominees must:

    1. be a member of UTE in good standing;
    2. have demonstrated their commitment to a humanitarian cause where there is extreme need;
    3. have exhibited exemplary service to others within their community, their country or throughout the world.
      1. Definition of Exemplary Service:
        1. serving as an example by demonstrating union values.
        2. admirable, commendable, ideal model, praiseworthy or exceptional.

24.7.1 Awards Submission

  1. The application shall contain the following:

    1. name of the nominee;
    2. who the submission is from;
    3. introduction of the nominee;
    4. biography; and
    5. any tributes to the nominee’s activities in the community and/or achievements within the union organization.

24.8  UTE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

  1. The award shall be a suitably inscribed framed certificate.

  2. Nominees must:

    1. be members in good standing of UTE;
    2. have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to their cause(s). 
      1. Definition of dedication and commitment:
        1. involvement in their cause(s) for at least two (2) years;
        2. serving as an example;
  3. The application shall contain the following;

    1. name of the nominee;
    2. who the submission is from;
    3. introduction of the nominee;
    4. short biography;
    5. detailed information as to the nominee’s activities in the community; and
    6. detailed information indicating the time devoted and the level of achievement.

24.8.1 Presentation

The award shall be presented at a Local, Regional or National event by a Union Official.

24.9  UTE SCHOLARSHIP

The Union of Taxation Employees - PSAC
Scholarship Guidelines

The Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) each year offers two (2) two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) National Scholarships, one of which has been named the Diana Gee Scholarship and ten (10) one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) Regional Scholarships (Al Rollins Regional Scholarship, Quebec, Jean Bergeron Montreal Regional Scholarship, National Capital, Greater Toronto, Nick Stein Southwestern Ontario Regional Scholarship, Northern and Eastern Ontario, Prairie, Don Davoren Regional Rocky Mountains Scholarship and Pacific).

If after reviewing the circumstances and agreed to by the National President and the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee, the UTE may defer the awarding of a  scholarship of a successful applicant for a period of twelve (12) months. If the scholarship is not awarded after twelve (12) months, an additional scholarship may be awarded for the current year.

Eligibility:

All scholarships are available for members in good standing of the UTE (or who at the time of their departure from CRA in the same calendar year were members in good standing of the UTE), including their spouse, their common-law spouse (including same sex partners) and/or their children or grandchildren.  However, no more than one scholarship will be awarded to the same family in a given year.

For this purpose, children or grandchildren of a UTE member in good standing is defined as follows:

  1. a person of whom the member is the natural parent or grandparent, whether the person was born within or outside marriage;

  2. a person who is wholly dependent on the member for support and of whom the member has immediately or before the person attained the age of nineteen (19) years had, in law or in fact, the custody and control;

  3. a child or grandchild of the member’s spouse or common-law partner; or

  4. an adopted child of the member.

Requirements:

  • Brief statements from two (2) persons with whom you have worked during the past year, containing their general evaluation of your work, your capabilities, your character and performance.  These persons could include: teachers, clergy, community service leaders, supervisors etc.;
  • Proof of registration with the name of the University, College or Institute of higher learning you will be attending must be submitted with your application.  Attendance shall be verified before the granting of the award;
  • A minimum of five hundred (500) words to a maximum of seven hundred (700) words essay or submission in an audio format, visual (painting, drawing, sculpture or photograph), or video format that would express your view. If the submission is audio or video it must be 3-5 minutes in duration. If the submission is by audio or visual, please provide an explanation of how it meets one of the topics.

  • Failure to stay within the minimum and maximum word/time requirements will result in disqualification.
  • These are the following topics you may choose from:
    1. Labour’s contribution to the community;
    2. What you foresee as the role of organized labour in the future or;
    3. What affected you most in the previous year (news, personal, social).
    4. Topic(s) selected by the UTE Honours and Awards Committee that  will be published each March.

Note: All submissions become the property of the UTE.

Criteria:

The UTE Honours and Awards Committee will base their selection on the following:

  • Submission by the applicant (details outlined under requirements);
  • Statement pertaining to your program and career plans;
  • Statement outlining the nature and length of all community involvement; and
  • Statement of applicant's union involvement, and that of applicant's spouse or parents.

Preference may be given to applicants entering their first year of University, College or Institute of higher learning.  However, applicants may be entering years other than their first year.  Attendance must be on a full time basis.

Preference may be given to first time recipients.

An applicant will not be excluded if they do not possess each and every criterion.  The selection criteria will be reviewed as a whole.

The UTE reserves the right to withhold the granting of an award if no applicant is deemed to possess the necessary requirements, or for other valid reasons.  The UTE Honours and Awards Committee may award a Regional Scholarship outside of a particular region if no applicants from that region are deemed to possess the necessary requirements or there were no applicants from that region.

All documents must be supplied with the application, otherwise it will be considered incomplete. The application must be postmarked by no later than June 15th at 23:59 (EST).

Application forms are available at: www.ute-sei.org (the UTE website).

Application forms may be completed on-line at www.ute-sei.org or sent by mail to:

The Union of Taxation Employees
Attn: UTE Honours and Awards Committee
233 Gilmour Street Suite 800
Ottawa ON  K2P 0P2

24.10   AWARD OF MERIT IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH AND SAFETY - ELIZABETH (BETTY) BANNON

  1. This award is limited to one candidate only per year within the applications received.

  2. The award shall be a suitably inscribed plaque.

  3. All nominations for the award shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee.

  4. After consultation and collaboration with the UTE National Health and Safety Committee, the recipient will be recommended by the Honours and Awards Committee to the Executive Council.

  5. All nominations for this award must be received by the Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee by December 15th at 23:59 (EST) of each year.

  6. Nominees must:

    1. be a member of UTE in good standing;

    2. have demonstrated their commitment to protecting CRA employees’ health and safety;

    3. have accumulated service as a UTE member on a Workplace or National Health and Safety Committee for a minimum of five (5) years; and

    4. have exhibited exemplary service in the field of health and safety.

      1. Definition of Exemplary Service:

        1. Serving as an example in the field of health and safety.
        2. Extraordinary, praiseworthy, exceptional or outstanding.
      2. Examples of Exemplary Service:

        1. Identifying/resolving major infractions of the Canada Labour Code.
        2. Instituting proactive health and safety measures at a local or national level.
        3. Organizing health and safety events.
        4. Implementation of awareness initiatives.
        5. Delivering Health & Safety training.

24.10.1 Submission

The application shall contain the following:

  1. Name of the nominee;
  2. Name of the nominator;
  3. Introduction of the nominee; and
  4. Detailed information pertaining to the member’s involvement on their Health and Safety Committee; including their significant efforts, achievements and accomplishments. 

24.10.2 Presentation

The award shall be presented at a Local AGM, President Conference, Regional event, or a National Conference by a Local President, Executive Council Officer or Chairperson of Honours and Awards Committee; wherever feasible.

24.11  ICA Sponsorship and Subsidy

Each year the Union of Taxation Employees sponsors a student and subsidizes a member in good standing to travel to Africa with the International Children’s Awareness (ICA).  ICA focuses on holistic development in Cameroon including projects such as bringing fresh water to villages, building schools and health clinics.  The trip is usually in February.

24.11.1 Student Sponsorship

  1. The sponsorship will be awarded to a student 18 years of age or older who is enrolled in post-secondary education.

  2. The sponsorship will cover all costs associated with their travel to Africa.  These costs shall include; the cost of travel, obtaining Visas, vaccinations, accommodations and per diems en route and any other related costs.

24.11.2 Member Subsidy

  1. The subsidy will be awarded to a member of UTE in good standing who is 18 years of age or older.

  2. The subsidy will cover all costs associated with their travel to Africa to a maximum of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00).  These costs shall include; the cost of travel, obtaining Visas, vaccinations, accommodations and per diems en route and any other related costs.

24.11.3 Guidelines and Requirements

  1. The applicants must:

    1. have an up to date passport;

    2. have received all of the required inoculations prior to leaving for Africa;

    3. sign a waiver with the Union of Taxation Employees, exempting the Union of any liability for accidents or injuries that may occur;

    4. complete any paperwork that is required by ICA;

    5. submit an application including their name and contact information and be sent to the Honours and Awards Committee by September 15th, at 23:59 (EST). A 400 to 700 words essay or an audio or video submission no longer than 4 minutes, on explaining why you would like to be a part of the ICA team to Africa and the International Children’s Awareness projects.

  2. Preference shall be given to members or students who have never been on this trip.

24.11.4 Annual Donations and Donation Reminder

  1. UTE will make an annual donation to ICA in the amount equal to the rebate UTE receives from the Bank of Montreal Affinity Program.

  2. If in a given year, no student is selected to go with ICA, additional applicant(s) may be considered the following year(s). No more than 3 students will be selected during any 3-year budget cycle.

  3. If in a given year, no member is selected to go with ICA, additional applicant(s) may be considered the following year(s). No more than 3 members will be selected during any 3-year budget cycle.

  4. UTE will annually remind its membership to consider a donation to ICA as part of the annual Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).

Adopted September 1986

Amended September 2006

Amended March 2012

Amended March 1987

Amended December 2006

Amended Sept. 2012

Amended June 1988

Amended September 2007

Amended Dec. 2013

Amended September 1988

Amended December 2007

Amended June 2015

Amended March 1989

Amended June 2008

Amended Sept. 2015

Amended December 1992

Amended September 2008

Amended Dec. 2016

Amended December 1996

Amended Dec. 2008

Amended Sept. 2018

Amended December 2000

Amended March 2009

Amended Dec. 2018

Amended June 2002

Amended Sept 2009

Amended December 2003

Amended Sept 2010

Amended July 2005

Amended Dec 2010

Amended March 2006

Amended July 2011

Amended March 2011

Amended Dec. 2011