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The members of UNIFOR Local 848 have expressed a desire to assist members’ children with the costs associated with Post-Secondary Education.

Local 848 will award a one-time $500 scholarship to any child of an active member in good standing upon their application and adherence to the following rules.

The members of UNIFOR Local 848 have expressed a desire to assist members’ children with the costs associated with Post-Secondary Education. Local 848 will award a one-time $500 scholarship to any child of an active member in good standing upon their application and adherence to the following rules.

Eligibility Rules:

1. The candidate must be the son or daughter or legal ward of a UNIFOR Local 848 member.

2. The parent must be a current member in good standing of UNIFOR Local 848 as of September 30th in the year of the application.

3. The candidate must be enrolled in a bona fide post secondary program, in a public or private university, college or trade school in the year of the application.

4. The candidate may apply in any year that they are enrolled in the post secondary program.

5. No person will be awarded the scholarship more than one time.

6. The candidate will provide proof of enrollment in a post secondary program in the form of a receipt for fees paid or a cancelled cheque for tuition or residence paid from your educational institution. The year your receipt or cheque is dated will be for the same as year that your application is made. For example, to apply in 2004 you must have a receipt or cancelled cheque dated in 2004. Photo copies are acceptable.

7. The Candidate will complete the application form provided.

8. Upon receipt of a $500 Scholarship Award, the student is required to follow any Canada Revenue Agency rules for reporting income.

Local 848 Application Scholarship Form

Local 848 Constitution
Table of Contents:
Article i Name
Article ii. Affiliations
Article iii. Admission and Membership
Article iv. Revenue
Article v. Meetings
Article vi. Elections
Article vii. Officers and Their Duties
Article viii. Executive Board
Article ix. Expenditures
Article x. Board of Trustees
Article xi. Discipline, Trials and Penalties
Article xii. Local Union Committees
Article xiii. Conduct of Meetings
Article xiv. Amendments


Believing that all persons have a natural right to the full enjoyment of the wealth created by their labour, and believing that such cannot be fully realized except through the united, free and democratic organization of working men and women, we do hereby unite ourselves into a Local Union to be known as the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada , Local 848, which operates as a labour and benevolent organization.

It shall be the object of this Union to establish and maintain collective bargaining for the benefit of all workers within it’s jurisdiction and to conduct a never ceasing effort to secure just compensation for the workers, reasonable hours of toil and working conditions conducive to safety, good health and full enjoyment of life.

It shall be the further object of this Union to secure legislation safeguarding and promoting economic security and the social welfare of all workers, and to remain vigilant in the interest of preserving and extending civil rights and liberties within a free and democratic society.

Article i. Name

This organization shall be known as the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 848 (hereinafter also referred to as “this Local Union” or the “Local Union”).

Article ii. Affiliations

This Local Union shall be affiliated to the:

Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
Sarnia and District Labour Council
Ontario Area Council C.E.P.
Ontario Federation of Labour
Canadian Labour Congress

Article iii. Admission and Membership

Section 1. All bona fide workers employed within the jurisdiction of this Local Union, and any employees of the National Union, (member at large) shall be eligible for membership in this Local Union.

Section 2. No person shall be refused membership because of race, creed, colour, age, marital status, family status, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, language, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, records of offence or political affiliation.

Section 3. Members of the Local Union who are on leaves of absence from their employment or who are employed on a full-time or part-time by the National Union or a Local Union may continue to be active members.

Section 4. The initiation fee for Local Union membership shall be deemed to be the first months dues. Members-at-large shall pay 2 hours wages to the Local Union as an initiation fee.

Section 5. No person otherwise eligible for membership in this Local Union shall be admitted to membership if the person has been fined, suspended or expelled by the National Union or a Local of the National Union, until the person has complied to the terms of such fine, suspension or expulsion.

Section 6. A person who had been denied membership in this Local Union shall have the right to appeal the decision of the Local to a Local membership meeting and to present the appeal in person.

Section 7. Transferred members of another Local Union of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada shall not be required to pay an initiation fee if the transfer is initiated not later than ninety (90) days after the effective date of the change in employment.

Section 8. The member shall be granted such transfer if the member is in good standing.

Section 9. A withdrawal card shall be issued by this Local Union upon application of a member in good standing leaving the jurisdiction of the Union.

Section 10. Membership in this Local Union shall be terminated when a member accepts a position which would render the member ineligible for membership.

Section 11. Membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in the CEP National Constitution.

Section 12. A member who has been dismissed shall retain membership status provided a grievance is filed against the dismissal. Such persons shall loose membership status on any of the following dates:

(a) The date on which the grievance is withdrawn or dropped;

(b) The date on which, by settlement the griever ceases to be covered under the collective agreement under which the grievance was filed, unless the griever has been transferred to another bargaining unit for which the Union acts as the bargaining agent;

(c) The date of the arbitration award sustaining the dismissal or, proceedings for judicial review are taken, the date such proceedings are dismissed.

Section 13. Any members shall have full rights and privileges of membership until they are three months in arrears for dues, assessments or fines, at which time they shall be suspended.

Article iv. Revenue

Section 1. Monthly dues shall be the formulated dues as set by the National Constitution times 2 and deducted by the employer once per month.

Section 2. This Local Union shall remit to the National Union, the dues as determined by a formula set by the National Constitution.

Section 3. Members of this Local Union on Parental Leave from the employer, or Long Term Disability from the employer shall not be required to pay dues until such time that they return to work. These individuals will retain their status as members in good standing for these periods.

Article v. Meetings

Section 1. Meetings of this Local Union shall be held at least once a month, excluding July and August unless specifically authorized by the membership of this Local Union.

Section 2. A special meeting may be called by the president or by the request of fifteen (15) members in good standing, who shall present their request in writing to the Local Union President. No business other than that for which the special meeting is called shall be transacted.

Section 3. Seven (7) members in good standing (other than the Executive Board) shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the Local Union’s business, at regular or special meetings.

Section 3:(a), If a general meeting does not meet quorum for a second consecutive month, the President may waive the quorum criteria, in order to proceed with the business of Local Union.

Section 4. The Executive shall endeavor to give seventy-two (72) hours notice of special meetings; nevertheless no special meeting shall be called with less than twenty-four (24) hours notice to the membership.

Section 5. National Officers and staff personnel may attend Local Union meetings with the right to speak. Local Union members (of other C.E.P. Locals) in good standing and retirees of the Local Union may attend meetings of this Local Union but may speak only with the consent of the majority. Only the members of this Local Union shall have the right to vote.

Article vi. Elections

Section 1. No member of this Local Union shall be eligible to hold office who is not in good standing at the time of their nomination and election, and who has not been a member in good standing for a period of six (6) months immediately preceding the election.

Section 2. Elections shall be held every two (2) years. The executive board may designate certain terms of office for Trustees in order that their terms of office will not expire simultaneously.

Nomination of candidates for this Local Union offices shall be held at the September Regular Meeting; elections will be held at the Regular Meeting in the month of October. Notices as to the date of nominations and election of Officers shall be placed on plant bulletin boards, and reasonable efforts shall be made to notify all members.

Any member in good standing may nominate candidates for office.

Nominations will be made from the floor. No member will be a candidate for more than one office. All nominees shall inform the Secretary whether they accept the nomination, and acceptance may be verbal or in writing, and shall be at the time of the nomination.

Section 3. The Local Union Executive Board may promulgate written rules for the conduct of all elections. Such rules will include the method of selecting the election committee and any question concerning primaries and run-off elections, methods of balloting, opening and closing polls, validity of ballots, complete regulation covering ballots by mail and other procedures which will guarantee reasonable opportunity for the exercise of franchise and the holding of a fair and representative election.

Section 4. In the event that any member or group of members questions the results of an election, such questions must be reduced to writing and delivered to the President of the Local Union within seven (7) calendar days from the time of the announcement of the election results, whereupon the President shall appoint a special committee for the purpose of investigation and report their findings.

Section 5. Newly elected officers will be installed and assume their duties at the first regular meeting in November.

Section 6. The Local Union Executive Board shall recommend to the membership a method to be used for filling vacancies in elective positions occasioned by resignation, suspension, expulsion or any other cause.

Article vii. Officers and Their Duties

Section 1. The elective officers of this Local Union shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Chief Steward, Deputy Chief Steward the Co-chair of the Joint Health and Safety Committee and three (3) Trustees.

Section 2. The President shall be responsible for the supervision of all activities of the Local Union and shall enforce compliance with the National Constitution and the Policies and Programs of the National Union.

The President shall interpret the Local Union Constitution and By-Laws and Local Union mandates, (subject to approval of the membership) and enforce compliance therewith.

The President shall preside at all meetings and maintain order. The President shall be entitled to vote on questions of membership and other matters voted on by secret ballot; but as chair-person of the meeting the President may only cast the deciding vote on other matters.

The President shall be Chair-person of the Executive Board and ex-officio member of all Local Union Committees.

Section 3. The Vice-President shall preside at all meetings in absence of the President. If the Vice President is absent , the meeting shall select a Chair-Person Pro Term, the Secretary Treasurer shall call the meeting to order.

Section 4. The Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of the Official Seal and shall be responsible for handling all finances, reports and correspondence relating thereto. The Secretary-Treasurer shall establish an approved accounting record keeping system for both finances and Local Union membership roles. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for keeping the Local Union in compliance with the National Constitution, in order that the Local Union may be eligible for Strike Fund benefits, and currently in good standing by submitting each month a report of business transacted by the Local Union to the National Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall forward to the National Secretary-Treasurer the formulated dues as prescribed by the national Constitution, and to the affiliated councils the per-capita tax due without the necessity of a vote by the Local Union. The Secretary-Treasurer shall make a report at each regular meeting of all monies received and expended and report on all official correspondence. The Secretary Treasurer shall deposit all money in the bank or depository as directed by the Local Union. Upon approval by the membership, the Secretary-Treasurer shall pay all the bills and claims by cheque in the order in which they have been allowed.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall make available to the Local Union Trustees and the National Staff, upon demand, the books and records of the Local Union for the purpose of audit.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall cause any necessary governmental reports to be filed.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be a member of the Local Union Executive Board, and either the Secretary-Treasurer, or the Recording Secretary shall be the Secretary to the Executive Board and shall read to the Local Union membership the Board Minutes and submit Board recommendations for membership approval.

Section 5. The Recording Secretary shall attend all regular meetings of the Local Union, call the roll of officers and keep a full and permanent record of proceedings of said meetings. If the recording Secretary fails to attend a meeting, the Recording Secretary must deliver or have delivered to the meeting, the books and other necessary records for the transaction of business.

Section 6. It shall be the duty of the Chief Steward to allow no person to enter the room who is not a member in good standing. The Chief Steward shall not admit any member under the influence of alcohol.The position shall the authority to appoint Stewards.

Section 7. It shall be the duty of the Deputy Chief Steward to perform such duties as the Local Union may require.

Section 8. It shall be the duty of the trustees to keep watch over all monies and property and to also prescribe acceptable financial practices for this Local Union. The Trustees and the Secretary-Treasurer shall compile or cause to be made, as soon as possible after each quarter, a financial audit. At least 2 of 3 Trustees must attend the audit. This audit shall be in a format acceptable to the National Secretary-Treasurer and shall be submitted on a date as determined by the National Office.

It shall be the duty of the trustees to constitute a travel committee and set out guidelines for reimbursement of expenses incurred due to travel. Guidelines shall be reviewed at the direction of the President.

Section 9. It shall be the duty of the Joint Health and Safety Committee Chairperson to oversee all aspects of Health and Safety for the Union. The position shall have the authority to appoint area Health and Safety Representatives. Joint Health and Safety Chairperson is separate from, and not included in the Executive Board. JH&SCC will be nominated and stand for election as proscribed by the Executive Board.

Article viii. Executive Board

Section 1. The Executive Board shall be composed of President, Vice-President. Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Chief Steward, and Deputy Chief Steward.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall consider all items of interest to the Local Union not specifically provided for elsewhere. They shall function as an executive committee and make recommendations for the good of the Local, their action being subject to approval by the membership.

Section 3. The Executive Board shall meet at least once a month prior to the regular monthly meeting.

Section 4. The majority decision of the Board shall be regarded as unanimous in reporting to the Local Union membership, and differences occurring in the Board shall not be discussed outside of their meetings.

Section 5. The Executive Board shall have the authority to act for the local Union membership between meetings.

Section 6. The President shall serve as chair-person of the Executive Board.

Section 7. The Executive board shall have authority to incur expenses in behalf of the Local Union up to the sum of $1000.00 per month. All such expenses shall be reported at the next regular meeting

Article ix. Expenditures

Section 1. No Officer of this Local Union shall have the power to incur indebtedness on its behalf or appropriate any money without authority from this Constitution and By-laws or from the Local Union.

Section 2. When a member of the Local Union is required to lose time from their regular employment for the purpose of representing the Local Union they shall be compensated for each hour lost at their regular hourly rate.

Section 3. When a member is required to perform service away from home, they shall be allowed in addition to their salary set forth above,

(a) an amount covering transportation by the most direct route to and from their home and

(b) per diem expense of $50.00 per day in town ( Lambton County ) and $100.00 per day for out of town.

(c) plus reasonable hotel accommodation.

Section 4. An honorarium shall be paid to the Co-chair of the JH&SC and the Executive Board member excluding the Secretary-Treasurer, amounting to eight (8) hours pay at their regular rate in April and in October.

Section 5. The Secretary-Treasurer will receive eight (8) hours pay at their regular rate each month.

Section 6. When a member of the Local Union performs work for more than 4 hours on behalf of the Local Union, on a scheduled day off, and where overtime and per diem are not applicable they will be entitled to $200.00.

Section 7. Union Member Bereavement and Special Circumstances

Upon a death in the immediate family of a member in good standing, the Union will pay up to $100.00 maximum for flowers/fruit basket or charity of choice. The Treasurer will require a receipt.

The immediate family consists of the following: Spouse, Common Law Spouse, Child / Stepchild, Parent, Brother / Sister, Grandchild.

With the passing of a Retiree from Local 848, or from the predecessor Union Local 800, flowers or a charitable donation will be made as directed by the family.

All members in good standing, and a hospital stay has occurred, the Local will pay for a TV rental for the duration of the stay. The treasurer will reimburse with receipt(s).

Article x. Board of Trustees

Section 1. The President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Trustees and their successors shall constitute a Board of Trustees for the purpose of holding title to both personal property and real estate taken in the name of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 848.

Upon prior approval of the Local Union, the Board of Trustees shall be authorized to buy, sell, transfer, lease and contract for personal property and real estate of the Local Union.

Section 2. All officers, at the expiration of their term of office, when removed from office, or when their office is declared vacant, shall deliver to their successors all books, paper, monies and other property in their possession belonging to the Union, and they shall not be released from their bonds or obligations until this section is complied with.

All members or employees who or have in their possession any monies, books records or other property of the Local Union during any period when such member or employee is designated to perform duties on behalf of the Local Union shall deliver all such, monies, books, records and other properties to the Local Union Secretary-Treasurer or the Local Union upon completion of such assignment.

Section 3. In the event of the Local Union being disbanded the assets may only be disposed of by a majority membership vote at a duly constituted meeting provided at least thirty (30) days notice has been given.

Section 4. A member whose membership is terminated shall have no right or interest in any property of the Local Union or of the National Union, including any dues, assessments or other financial obligations paid by him in advance of the effective date of such termination.

Article xi. Discipline, Trials and Penalties

Section 1. The Local Union is hereby empowered to provide for the forfeiture of membership of a delinquent member for the non-payment of dues without the necessity of proceeding by the filing of charges and conduct of a trial.

Section 2. The Local Union shall be empowered through proper procedures as outlined in appropriate sections of the National Constitution, to impose penalties on members found to be in violation of the Local and/or National Constitutions.

Section 3. The following are considered grounds on which charges may be filed:

1. Neglect of duty or breach of the National and/or Local Union Constitution and By-laws.

2. Advocating or soliciting membership in a rival organization or attempting to transfer the affiliation of any bargaining unit from the jurisdiction of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

3. Providing a complete or partial membership list of persons other than whose official business requires such a list.

4. Misappropriation or embezzlement of funds or assets of this organization.

5. Tampering with ballots or interfering with fair and proper conduct of elections.

6. Maliciously or falsely slandering officers or members the Union.

7. Engaging in actions which tend to hinder the prosecution of a properly recognized and authorized strike conducted by the Union.

8. Instigating or participating in a strike or work stoppage which violates a working agreement.

9. Engaging in conduct which is detrimental to the welfare and interests of the membership of the Union.

10. Willfully violating the adopted standards as to wages, hours or working conditions.

11. Willfully refusing to pay dues or assessments properly established or fines properly imposed or other valid financial obligations to the National Union or this Local Union.

12. Working without proper union authorization, during the period of a properly approved strike in or for an establishment which is being struck by the National Union or this Local Union.

13. Taking a civil action, suit or proceeding in any court or before any administrative body, against the Union, or its subordinate bodies, or any officer or member if the Union without first exhausting all the remedies provided for in the Constitution for appeal.

Article xii. Local Union Committees

Section 1. The President with the approval of the Executive Board, may appoint such committees as deemed necessary.

Section 2. The President shall prescribe the duties and tenure of assignment for each of these committees. The President shall have the right to replace any committee member who fails in their responsibilities.

Article xiii. Conduct of Meetings

Section 1. The Local Union Executive Board shall prescribe a customary agenda for the conduct of Local Union Meetings. The President, or the Vice-President shall take the Chair at the specified time at all regular and special meetings. In absence of both the President and the Vice President the Secretary-Treasurer shall call the meeting to order and a Chair-person shall be chosen by the members present.

Section 2. When a member who wishes to speak has been recognized by the Chair they shall give their name and confine their remarks to the question under consideration.

Section 3. A motion to be entertained by the chair must be seconded, and the mover, as well as the seconder, must rise, be recognized by the Chair, and state their names.

Section 4. In presenting a motion a brief statement of its objects may be made but no discussion of its merits shall be permitted until the question has been stated by the Chair.

Section 5. A member having made a motion can withdraw it by consent of the seconder, but a motion once debated cannot be withdrawn except by majority vote for a motion authorizing withdrawal.

Section 6. A motion to amend a motion shall be in order. A motion to amend an amendment shall be in order but a motion to amend an amendment to an amendment shall not be permitted.

Section 7. When a question is decided, it can only be reconsidered provided the mover of the motion to reconsider voted with the majority on the original motion and that such motion to reconsider is supported by two thirds of the members present.

If the original motion was decided at a meeting previous to the motion to reconsider then the reconsideration shall be placed upon the notice calling the next regular meeting and be debated at that meeting.

If the original motion was decided at the same meeting as the motion to reconsider then the debate shall take place immediately.

Section 8. When a motion is before the meeting, no motion shall be in order except:

(a) to adjourn
(b) to lay on the table
(c) For the previous question
(d) To postpone to a given time
(e) To refer or commit
(f) to amend
(g) to substitute

These questions shall have precedence in order given.

Section 9. The following motions are not debatable:

(a) to adjourn
(b) to lay on the table
(c) For the previous question

Section 10. A member may appeal the decision of the Chair. When an appeal is made from the decision of the Chair, such appeal shall be stated by the Chair to the meeting in these words, “Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained as the decision of the meeting?” The member shall have the right to state the grounds of appeal and the Chair will state the reasons for the decision. Thereupon the members will proceed to vote on the appeal without further debate and it shall require a two-third vote to sustain the appeal against the Chair.

Section 11. When the debate, on any question, appears to have neared a close, the Chair shall ask “Are you ready for the question”? If no member rises to speak then the question shall be put to a vote..

Section 12. All questions, except as other wise provided in the Constitution and By-laws of this Local Union, shall be seceded by a majority vote of members present at the meeting.

Section 13. In all matters not governed by these rules of order, Roberts’s Rules of Order shall govern.

Article xiv. Amendments

Section 1. This Local Union Constitution and By-laws may be amended or supplemented by a two-thirds vote at any regular meeting of the Local Union, provided that the changes to be voted upon have been presented in writing and read at a previous meeting.

Any addition to this Local Union Constitution and By-Laws must be in the form of either a new section or subsection under the proper Article or a new Article.

Section 2. Not withstanding anything to the contrary herein, this constitution and By-laws and approved amendments thereto shall be subject to and shall not in any way be construed to supersede any of the provisions of the National Constitution.

Know your collective agreement
– Read every word of your collective agreement and consult it regularly.
– Become familiar with all the provisions included in the collective agreement. Consider how they should be applied in your workplace.
– Discuss them with members of your local executive and other stewards.
– Discuss them during union meetings.
Know your workplace
Stewards must know their workplace and, as much as possible, know every worker’s responsibilities.
– Make sure you know all the members of your group.
– Learn all the salary scales.
– If the workers benefit from a productivity bonus system, be familiar with it.
– Make sure you have a seniority list in your files.
Know your members
Everybody is different. In the case of a grievance, for instance, some will readily give you all the relevant information while others will not. Some will have a complete file, others won’t. Some will have personal problems. You will be in a position to help your members more effectively if you know them well.