The nomination period for the Fall 2021 cycle of TSSU Executive elections is now open! TSSU is accepting nominations for the following positions: Chair, Chief Steward I, Coordinator, Occupational Health & Safety Commissioner, Organizer II, and Trustee I (See below for descriptions).
Who can run?
Positions are open to any member in good standing. More information is summarized below as well as in the By-Laws.
As of the September GM (September 29th), nominations for the election are open, and they close at the October GM (October 28th). All members in good standing can run by filling out this nomination form and emailing to email@example.com before the October GM. Verbal Nominations will be allowed during the GM.
- Opening of nominations: September 29, 2021 (September GM)
- Closing of nominations: October 28, 2021 (October GM)
- Submission of candidate statements: November 5, 2021 by 5 pm
- Candidate meet and greet: November TBD (Link to be emailed)
- Electronic election period: November 8-15, 2021
- Results announced (via email): November 16 or 17, 2021
- “Protest of Unfair Ballot” period: November 18-25, 2021
- Results ratified: November 30, 2021 (November GM)
- First day new officers can take office: December 1, 2021 (flexible according to schedule)
What if I Have Questions?
Thinking about running for a position, but want more information? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to answer your questions!
The TSSU Chair’s primary responsibility shall be to facilitate all GMs, Special GMs and Executive Meetings as well schedule executive meetings of the TSSU in accordance with by law H.1.2. and Bourinot’s rules. The Chair must be a signee on all legal documentation for the union, and shall also have financial signing authority. In the absence of the Chair, those in attendance at such GMs/Executive Meetings shall designate one of themselves, other than a Trustee, to chair the meeting. The Chair shall also be a member of the Internal Relations Committee. The Chair shall have a working knowledge of Bourinot’s rules.
Chief Steward I: Salaried at 25 hours/week
(a) The Chief Stewards shall be jointly responsible for knowledge of the Collective Agreement, Health and Safety regulations, and other relevant legislation. They will be responsible for communicating monthly updates on the status of ongoing grievances to the Executive and General Membership in order to facilitate mobilization and organizing.
Both shall also be responsible for the Grievance Procedure including meetings, research, and legal activities. Both shall work in conjunction with the Member Representative to ensure member rights are enforced and protected as outlined in the Collective Agreement. The two Chief Stewards in consultation with the Member Representative will also be responsible for maintaining any seniority lists and for checking position postings in relation to the Collective Agreement. Each semester, these two officers shall mutually agree on the division of the responsibility for the following tasks:
• Chairing and coordinating Steward meetings.
• Chairing and coordinating Grievance meetings.
• Serving as the resource person for the OH&S Commissioner
(b) In addition to these duties Chief Steward I shall act as the TSSU Executive’s primary point of contact with the Union’s Member Representative concerning the Member Representative’s employment and will sit on and be the resource person for the Contract Committee.
The Coordinator shall be responsible for coordinating General Membership and Executive meetings including setting the agenda, and shall act as resource person for the TSSU Finance and Internal Relations Committees, and for the MMC Committee if/when mutually agreed upon by the Coordinator and the Organizer responsible for MMC (as stipulated in E.2.8). The Coordinator shall also coordinate all union referenda including strike votes. The Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the TSSU logbook is produced. In addition the Coordinator shall assist Organizer I and II in cultivating and maintaining external contacts with other trade unions and social justice organizations on and off campus as well as communicating with the media; the Coordinator will also assist Organizer I and II in their organizing work, including attending caucus meetings and recruiting volunteers. The Coordinator shall perform daily bookkeeping duties in consultation with the Treasurer; this will include day-to- day check requisition and bill payments. The Coordinator shall also be in contact with the TSSU Bookkeeper and Auditor. The Coordinator is also responsible for the preparation of the annual audit, to be submitted to the auditor by mid July, and the communication with the Union’s financial institutions.
Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner: Commissioner Stipend
The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Commissioner shall be responsible for sitting on the Central OH&S committee of the university and performing associated duties, in addition to coordinating between all local TSSU OH&S area committee representatives. The OH&S Commissioner shall attend executive meetings as a voting member and liaison between the Central Committee, Local Area Representatives, the Executive, and the General Membership Meeting when needed. The OH&S Commissioner will work in conjunction with the other TSSU representative who sits on the Central OH&S committee. It is expected that the OH&S Commissioner attend all available employer-funded training, provided by Worksafe BC.
Organizer II: Salaried at 25 hours/week
Organizer I and Organizer II shall jointly be responsible for: 1) coordinating union campaigns and new member organizing drives; 2) the development and maintenance of membership networks; and 3) working with other parts of TSSU to achieve goals set by the membership. Each semester these officers shall agree on the division of duties outlined below.
(a) Coordination of union campaigns and new member organizing drives, including:
- working with the union’s committees and general membership to set campaign objectives and timelines;
- coordinating volunteer networks and mobilization schedules, overseeing campaign communications, and managing teams;
- identifying groups of workers with a similar community of interests to our membership who are interested in joining the Union.
(b) Development and maintenance of membership networks, including:
- developing and maintaining a mapping system of the membership, work sites, common areas, bulletin boards, etc and relationships;
- actively recruiting volunteers from within the membership, for committees, stewards, etc.;
- developing membership outreach and education initiatives, which include, but are not limited to: workshops, socials, orientations, and trainings;
- ensuring there is TSSU representation at departmental and special orientations including, but not limited to the International TA Program and the Teaching Orientation Program opening plenary.
(c) Working with other parts of TSSU to achieve goals set by the membership, including:
- resourcing and coordinating the activities of the Membership Mobilization Committee (MMC);
- ensuring that MMC activities support union campaigns, new member organizing drives, member education, as well as other internal and external outreach initiatives;
- administering MMC’s membership, maintaining the committee’s internal communications, and calling meetings;
- resourcing the activities of the Solidarity and Social Justice Committee (SSJC);
- working with the Chief Stewards in the orientation and training of Stewards;• ensuring that Steward activities support union campaigns, new member organizing drives, member education, as well as other internal and external outreach initiatives;
- working with the Chief Stewards in administering the Steward network and ensuring that its membership list is up-to-date.
Trustee I: 5 hrs/week
The two Trustees shall ensure that the TSSU By-Laws are adhered to and be responsible for keeping these same By-Laws up-to-date. They shall also ensure that proper procedures are adhered to at GMs in accordance with Bourinot’s rules. Trustees must have the ability to obtain all non-email account passwords that pertain to common union business. Trustees will have access to membership lists but shall not make any changes to the lists. They shall oversee the work done by Executive Members and report any atypical decisions to the General Membership of the Union. They shall be involved with the scheduling and publication of GMs in conjunction with the salaried officers; and schedule and oversee all elections/referenda. The Trustees shall be responsible for inspecting the financial records of the TSSU on a monthly basis in consultation with the Coordinator. One Trustee shall be a member of the Internal Relations Committee and the other shall be a member of the Finance Committee.