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Offline Eric Klyne

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To All Local Unions with a Unit Structure
« on: July 04, 2009, 01:10:07 AM »
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INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS
DON LOUNDS International Vice President, First District. CANADA
EDWIN D. HILL
International President
JERRY J. O'CONNOR
International Secretary Treasurer

April 30, 2003

To All Local Unions with a Unit Structure

Greetings:

There have been recent requests from Local Unions with a unit structure regarding quorums, voting procedures, amendments to Local Union bylaws, ...etc.

Enclosed is a revised "General Applications" and "Voting Procedures" as to be applied to your unit structure. If you have any questions please contact your servicing International Representative.

Best wishes.

Fraternally yours,

Don Lounds
International Vice President

DL/ks
Encl.
c.c:   First District International Representatives
1450 MEYERSIDE DRIVE. SUITE 300. MISSISSAUGA. ON L5T 2N5 TEL (905) 564-5441 FAX (905) 564-8114 E-MAIL ivpd_01@ibew.org
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To All Local Unions with a Unit Structure
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 01:15:31 AM »
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"General Applications" For Local Unions Operating With A Unit System

Local Unions operating with a full unit structure have the following Bylaw in Article II, Section 1:

"Meetings of the Units shall constitute and be considered the regular meetings of the Local Union,"

Many of the Local Unions operating on a full unit structure have jurisdiction nationally, provincially, or over several branches of the Brotherhood for which local/area or closely related branches of the IBEW meet as Units.

The purpose of the unit system is to provide members the opportunity to participate in the affairs of their Local Union.

There are naturally instances where weather conditions, distances to be travelled, members assigned duties away from the unit normally considered his/her home unit inhibit participation in the affairs of the Local Union.

On occasion some Unit Chairmen have refused to hold a Unit meeting, interpreting Article XV, Section 3 of the IBEW Constitution as being applicable to Unit meetings, and applying the 7 or 5 member quorum rule to the Unit structure.

We also receive many requests for clarification of the proper voting procedures, nomination and election procedures, ability to present and vote on motions, ...etc., all related to the Unit Structure.

In order to clarify some of the questions asked from time to time, the following is submitted for your information, guidance and that of your Unit Chairman.

First, in view of the fact the sum total of attendance at all Unit meetings of the Local Union constitutes the meeting of the Local Union, a quorum does not have to be established in each Unit in order to allow the members in attendance to vote on issues facing the Local Union.

However, a quorum is required at a Unit meeting in order for that Unit to propose a motion. Regardless of the size of a Unit, the minimum attendance required to form a quorum is five (5) members.

The same rules applicable to the Local Union President are applicable to the Unit Chairman insofar as voting on matters coming before the Local Union are concerned. On matters involving a secret ballot, the chairperson may only vote when the vote is taken prior to counting the ballots. On matters voted on by other than secret ballot he has a vote. If he chooses not to exercise that right when the vote is taken he may only vote in the case of a tie vote, and then only to vote with the affirmative side to carry the vote. He may not vote to create a tie, nor vote with the negative side in the case of a tie. Under no circumstance can the chairman vote twice, once as a member, and once to cast the deciding vote.

...cont'd
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2009, 01:20:13 AM »
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The majority of Unit Bylaws in Canada provide that the Chairman of the Unit is the Executive Board Member elected for his/her Unit, and the appropriate Section in Article III of the Bylaws indicates that the Executive Board will be comprised of certain named officers plus a member from each, or specified Units of the Local Union.

In those circumstances, the Unit Chairman is an officer of the Local Union, (Executive Board Member) and is elected in accordance with all provisions of the IBEW Constitution and Local Union Bylaws, with the exception that ballots may be prepared to ensure that only members of a specified Unit will vote for the candidate for Executive Board member from his/her Unit.

Further, a Unit Chairman/Executive Board Member, being an officer of the Local Union may be nominated, (providing he/she is present or signifies in writing his/her intention to stand for the office of Executive Board Member) at a Unit other than that considered his home Unit.

Similarly, any member desiring to run for Local Union Office may be nominated for office at any Unit meeting, providing he/she is present or signifies in writing their intention to run for a specific office.

All other Unit Officers are elected within the Unit, by the members of that particular Unit, in accordance with the Unit Bylaw provisions.

A member unable to attend what is normally considered his/her home unit may attend, and participate in the affairs of the Local Union by visiting another unit of the Local Union.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2009, 01:26:07 AM »
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"Voting Procedures" for Unit Systems

Bylaw Changes:

The presentation and voting will be in accordance with the Article "Amendments" of the Local Union Bylaws.

Motions with Local Union Application: (Other than Bylaw Amendments)

1.   The Motion is raised in the Unit.
2.   The Motion may be amended when raised. See Article XV, Page 47 (7 & 8 ) of the Constitution.
3.   The Motion must be passed in the originating Unit before it can be presented to the other Units.
(If defeated, the motion dies).
4.   If passed in the originating Unit, the Recorder will send it to the Business Manager for
identification, (e.g. give it a number). Check it for conformity to the Constitution and Bylaws: (if in doubt refer it the President for a ruling) and send it to all Units.
5.   The Motion cannot be amended once passed in the originating unit.
6.   All units will then vote on the motion at the next regular meeting. Tabulate the results (# for, #
against) and notify the Business Manager of the result.
7.   If no results are received after the regular meeting at which the motion was introduced, that unit
will be counted as an abstention.
8.   The Business Manager will total the votes from each unit and will notify the Executive Board,
Table Officers, Unit Chairpersons of the results.
9.   Simple majority of those voting carries

Bylaw Amendments

1.     Motion is raised, amended and passed along as per 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, above.
2.   All Units will then have the motion read at the next two (2) regular meetings immediately following
receipt of same.
3.   Voting shall then take place in accordance with the Article "Amendments" of the Local Union Bylaws.
4.   Simple majority of those voting carries.
5.   Amendments dealing with dues, initiation fees and assessments, are to be dealt with according to
the Article "Amendments" of the Local Union Bylaws.

...cont'd
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2009, 01:30:30 AM »
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Voting, on Executive Board Minutes

1.   Upon completion of the Executive Board meeting the R.S. and B.M. will ensure that the minutes are prepared. (Combined with the Business Manager's report, financial statements, committee and delegate reports,... etc), and distributed to the Executive Board Table Officers and Executive Board Members.

2.   Each Unit will vote on the recommendations contained therein which are identified for that
purpose.

3.   No amendments are allowed.

4.   Voting must take place at the regular meeting following the Executive Board Meeting otherwise
the Unit will be counted as an abstention. Except Bylaw amendments that will be in accordance with the Article "Amendments" of the Local Union Bylaws.

5.   The Unit Recorder will notify the Business Manager forthwith of the results. (# for, # against).

6.   The Business Manager will total the unit tabulations and notify the Executive Board, Table
Officers and Unit Chairpersons of the results.

7.   Simple majority of voting members carries.

Motions with Unit Application Only:

Examples:   Change of meeting night, or to form a Unit Entertainment Committee, ...etc.

1. The Motion is made from the floor.
2. The Motion may be amended. (See Article XV, Sections 7 & 8 of the IBEW Constitution).
3. Simple majority of assembly carries.
4. Motion and results are recorded in Unit minutes.
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2009, 01:37:04 AM »
The sad part...

   ... is that with the current technology...

       ... All 4 Units of IBEW 424... Unit 1-Edmonton, Unit 2-Calgary, Unit 3-Fort McMurray and Unit 4 Edmonton...

         ... could have their Union meeting on the 4th Tuesday of every month with "live teleconferencing".

But... then the 424 members would know what was going on.   :-\
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The sad part...

   ... is that with the current technology...

       ... All 4 Units of IBEW 424... Unit 1-Edmonton, Unit 2-Calgary, Unit 3-Fort McMurray and Unit 4 Edmonton...

         ... could have their Union meeting on the 4th Tuesday of every month with "live teleconferencing".

But... then the 424 members would know what was going on.   :-\


What can you expect when 1st District didn't even have a digital recorder for doing interviews or hearings. It wasn't until Tim M. complained because they didn't have a disc copy of his "tape recorded" hearing and hadn't transcribed it into print. It is no wonder such vial complaints were made because I complained two of our Executive board members won't learn to use a computer. fact is our L.U. didn't have a laptop or projector till I proposed a motion to buy them, we were still using an overhead projector with trasparancies.
Brings home the impression of highly skilled doesn't it. We are expected to stay on top of the tecknology and our leaders operate like the Flinstones.

Yes it's like forward to the past, not back to the future. I wonder how 353 is going to do it when they take over Barrie and Oshawa, DubieDubieExtinction?
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But hey.. According to the hall more than half the membership do not have Internet access.
Thats what I was told a couple of years ago when I asked why there was no forum on the official site.

I've been online since 1985 in one form or another. (started at 300 bps) before the word Internet was known.


Hmm And it's not a hard thing to convert audio tape to mp3.
Lets put our own guys to work first..  Not the rest of the world.

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I found some new PPE for 424 and any other union members attending meetings.

You can design your own version very easily.

http://www.wiseass.org/bullshit

From this you will be able due to you highly skilled abilities, to design new presciption glasses as well.
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Offline Eric Klyne

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To All Local Unions with a Unit Structure
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2011, 02:51:36 AM »
For our Brothers and Sisters on Facebook who were requesting information on how Local Unions with a Unit Structure operate......

  . . . . OurLocal353.ca is proud to present the "Official", IBEW EDWIN D. HILL stamped for approval through the past
International Vice President Don Lounds, 

... Guide on how your IBEW Local Union with a Unit Structure is supposed to operate.

It's not that complicated.

The IBEW Manitoba officer . . . could have explained himself a little better.... and.... he should have produced the documents that he was following and promised to make photocopies for any IBEW Member who requests it... oh, and YES you do have to publicize that you have such documents available for the Members!

Scroll up and read for yourself and print off the copies of the original documents.

In Solidarity,

Eric Klyne