Executive Committee

Report of the Executive Committee

June 2004

Betty Bannon Item 10

The Committee met on May 11th and 12th and the minutes of the meeting are attached.

The following items were on the agenda: Grievance Data Bank, Local Representative Visibility, UTE Membership Questionnaire, Restructuring/Bargaining Strategy, The Protocol on Mourning, The Office Needs/Move, The Hospitality Suite and Minors and The UMC Agreement. The Committee was able to discuss some of the items but a further meeting has been scheduled for June 21st and 22nd to complete the agenda.

Local Representative Visibility: The committee chose a desk identifier for the local representatives and placed an order with Key Industries. They were for sale at the National OSH Conference and one complimentary one will be provided to each local president at the September Presidents Conference. The locals have been advised to place their order with the First National Vice President if they wanted more and we would have them available for pick up at the next Presidents Conference.

UTE Membership Questionnaire: The Committee reviewed the responses to the Questionnaire and divided their analysis into four parts: 1. Reporting on the analysis, 2. The issues, 3. What we have done already and 4. What we need to do.

Under “What we need to do” the Committee has identified the following up to now:

  • Encourage input from the members directly in regards to the website and newsletter via the website and newsletter.

  • A Bulletin in September to locals as a reminder of having Orientation Sessions under the Collective Agreement. The committee believes that this is needed since there has been no new request for New Members Kits since the original mailing. Then a follow-up should be done with the RVPs to see if Orientation Sessions are being held in their locals. We would use a short questionnaire so there is no yes or no single word answer.

  • Develop a contact list for all members to be contacted by e-mail via self-identification through the website and the Newsletter.

  • Investigate the feature of “subscribe” for our website.

  • Use the website and Newsletter to announce the input call for demands. This may require a Newsletter date change for flexibility. The chair of the Communications committee may have to bring a resolution to Council to give the committee the flexibility on the dates.

  • A Bulletin on what is negotiated at the CRA Table and what is not. Then a second Bulletin outlining the process for the issues that are not negotiated at the CRA Table.

  • Remind the locals of the Resolution of Record “Membership Survey” which states: “Be it resolved that UTE encourage all locals to contact their members (ie. Standing Committees, membership meetings, surveys) before replying to an input call”. This would include the call for demands.

  • We should continue to push the envelope in bargaining to conclude an agreement prior to the old one expiring and to have sustained dates for bargaining.

The President reported to the Committee that she had requested the Regional Action Plans be sent to her by the end of February. She received a total of 5 Regional Action Plans. The reason the Action Plans were requested was for the committee to have a look at them and see if there was anything that could be used at the National level, to let the Committee share best practices with all the regions and for the committee to see what the regions identified as issues in need of improvement. However, since the President only received five of the ten regional plans (Rocky Mountains, Greater Toronto, Pacific, NCR and SW Ontario) the committee left the review of the Plans until a later date. However, the committee members expressed disappointment with the response and did discuss whether or not the Council still viewed this as an important issue. There has been a lot of money and time spent on this and the committee certainly believes that this is one of the most important opportunities that UTE has to change and improve the way we provide service to the members. Through this report, the Committee is asking if the members of Council still have this item as one of their top priorities for the organization.

Protocol on Mourning

Due to some recent events, the Committee reviewed the protocol and is recommending the following amendments to the Protocol on Mourning:

Recommendation 1:

NEW
Former Executive Council Member: A card expressing condolences on behalf of the Union will be signed by the National President and sent to the next of kin. If specified by the family, a suitable floral wreath in red and white or a contribution shall be made to the designated charity in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The President or their designate shall attend the funeral.

(3) ADD AT THE BEGINNING
For the purpose of this Protocol, Immediate Family is defined as: father, mother (or alternatively stepfather, stepmother, or foster parent), brother, sister, spouse (including common-law spouse resident with the employee), child (including child of common-law spouse), stepchild or ward of the employee, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and relative permanently residing in the employee’s household or with whom the employee permanently resides.

(4) Life Member; A card expressing condolences on behalf of the Union will be signed by the National President and sent to the next of kin. If specified by the family, a suitable floral wreath in red and white or a contribution shall be made to the designated charity in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The President or their designate shall attend the funeral.

NEW
Former Local Officer; A card expressing condolences on behalf of the Union will be signed by the National President and sent to the next of kin.

(7) Member killed on the job; A card expressing condolences on behalf of the Union will be signed by the National President and sent to the next of kin. If specified by the family, a suitable floral wreath in red and white or a contribution shall be made to the designated charity in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The President or their designate shall attend the funeral.

NEW
General; on a case by case basis, the President may decide on an alternate form of acknowledgement other than what is specified above.

RENUMBER ALL AS APPROPRIATE.

The Hospitality Suite and Minors: Due to some past and recent events occurring centering around the Hospitality Suite the Committee reviewed the issue of minors in the Suite and is recommending the following to Council:

Recommendation 2:

Be it resolved that minors will only be allowed in any UTE Hospitality Suite if they are accompanied by an adult UTE member or UTE Staff and it is before 7:00 PM.

The committee will reconvene June 21st PM and all day the 22nd.

In Solidarity,

Betty Bannon, Chair of the Committee

Moved by: Betty Bannon
Seconded by: Denis Lalancette