Council members meet, review GSU finances, union administration, and General Secretary’s report to union members

SOURCE: Tuesday Members’ Memo – Oct. 13, 2020

A socially-distanced semi-annual meeting of GSU’s Joint Executive Council (JEC) was held in Regina on Oct. 8. Seven council members also participated remotely through Zoom.

The agenda of the meeting included reports on collective bargaining, GSU finances, the GSU Defense Fund, proposed amendments to the union constitution, union administration and the general secretary’s autumn report to members of the union.

The Council meeting approved resolutions to the 2020 annual meetings of GSU locals and sub-locals which propose to continue the additional dues being paid into the GSU Defense Fund and to amend the union’s constitution by moving GSU’s biennial policy convention to odd numbered years beginning with the March 2021 policy convention.

In addition, the Council unanimously approved a resolution to be submitted to the 2021 policy convention whereby the general secretary position would cease to be filled by election and would instead be filled by recruitment and hiring subject to approval by the JEC.

Council members also discussed potential processes for conducting annual meetings of GSU locals and sub-locals while adhering to public health orders and COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

GSU’s Joint Executive Council is the union’s governing body between policy conventions and is comprised of elected representatives from GSU Locals.