Union Council


Role

The union council is made up of the Executive Committee, plus the following union members, who are elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years. Elections are held in the Winter General Assembly on even years. Any member in good standing of the union is eligible to become a union delegate.

Members

Business Administration- Robert Soroka robert.soroka@concordia.ca
Communications Department- Maya Merrick m.merrick@sympatico.ca
Computer Institute- Joseph Hulet hulet@videotron.ca
English Department- Adina Pirtea adina.blue@gmail.com,
Lisa Simpson lsimpson001@sympatico.ca,
Beverley LeBlanc bev_leblanc@yahoo.ca
French Department- Adeline Caute adelinecaute@yahoo.com
Learning Skills- Carol Hawthorne cahawt@videotron.ca
Photography Department- Anthony Teoli pixeltwister@anthonyteoli.com

The members designated as union councillors represent the following groups:

  • Applied Arts and Communication, 1 member;
  • Business Administration, 1 member;
  • Computer Institute, 1 member;
  • English, 3 members;
  • French, 1 member;
  • Photography, 1 member;
  • Learning Skills, 1 member;

The Union Council meets at least once during each of the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. Additional meetings may be called as required.

Duties of Union Councillors


A. Duties specified in the Constitution


The attributes of the union council are as follows:

  • to assume authority between the general meetings
  • to ensure that the executive committee follows through on the mandates given to it by the general meeting; it shall replace any union officer or union delegate who resigns, is unable to act or is absent; and thus, until the following general meeting; where an election shall be held to fill the vacant position(s);
  • to elaborate on the policy and activities of the union between general meetings, especially those involving the collective agreement and inter-union matters;
  • to create the appropriate committees to see to the proper functioning of the union and to elect the members to said committees;
  • to name delegates to represent the union to the various bodies where the union participates;
  • to prepare the general meetings.

The attributes of the union delegates (councillors) are as follows:

  • to ensure that the collective agreement is respected, within the group of employees that he or she represents;
  • to ensure that newly hired personnel join the union;
  • to inform the group that he or she represents of the decisions made by the union council, and to defend in the union council the viewpoint(s) proposed by the unionized people in the group that he or she represents;
  • to personally convene the people in the group that he or she represents to all general meetings, regardless of the prescriptions set out in Article 21;
  • he or she is elected by the group of people that they are to represent;
  • he or she is replaced, if necessary, by said group;
  • the term shall be two (2) years and upon completion, the delegate shall transmit to their successor all the properties of the union in their possession, as well as all pertinent information or documentation.

B. Further information regarding duties


Representing a department

Union councillors hear concerns of individuals and groups in their department. They may: respond on the spot, if possible; refer the matter to the Executive Committee, if necessary (if they are unsure of the response or it involves a grievance etc.); raise the matter at union council meetings; and/or convene a meeting of their department.

Communication

With the Executive Committee. Between UC meetings, union councillors can communicate with the executive either in person, by telephone, or via email.

With their constituency. Union councillors generally communicate with their department before or after departmental meetings or via email, if the department doesn’t hold regular meetings.