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The first AGM of the BCER Chapter was held November 21, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST via Zoom.
Minutes will be posted soon.
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ARTICLE I — Name
The name of the organization shall be the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) Chapter of the Professional Employees Association.
ARTICLE II — Objectives
BC Energy Regulator (BCER) Chapter objectives are:
To function as a chapter of the Professional Employees Association (PEA).
To provide a forum for the discussion of employment issues.
To determine the needs of BCER members regarding compensation and working conditions and to assist the PEA in negotiating collective agreements covering members of the BCER Chapter.
To carry out other functions consistent with the PEA Constitution as may be desirable for the welfare of BCER Chapter members.
ARTICLE III — Membership
Membership shall be open to all employees who are members of the bargaining unit at BC Energy Regulator or its successor for whom the PEA is certified.
ARTICLE IV — Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the BCER Chapter shall consist of no less than four members: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer and at least one Director-at-Large; each position elected in odd-numbered years.
All Directors are elected for two-year terms except for those elected by by-election.
The BCER Chapter shall rotate its entitlement to appoint an Association Executive member with other Association Chapters as determined by the Association Executive, on an annual basis. When it is entitled to do so, the Executive Committee shall appoint by motion an Association Executive member from among the members of the Executive Committee. The term of appointment shall be one year, effective at the close of the Association Convention, and effective on June 1 in non-Convention years.
The Chair shall preside over BCER Chapter meetings and, in their absence, the Vice-Chair shall preside. The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain BCER Chapter minutes and records and be responsible for safekeeping of any BCER Chapter funds.
A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be three members, and shall have the authority to take such measures in carrying out BCER Chapter objectives as are consistent with the Professional Employees Association Constitution.
Should a vacancy occur on the Executive Committee, the remaining members may appoint a replacement from the BCER Chapter membership for the remainder of the term of office.
Decisions of the Executive Committee shall be by majority vote. Executive Committee meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
ARTICLE V — Duties of the Executive
The Chair will preside over BCER Chapter meetings and, in their absence, the Vice Chair will preside. The Chair will have overall responsibility for the general and active management of the business of the Chapter and will enforce and abide by the provisions of the Chapter Constitution and By-Laws.
The Vice Chair will assume duties as may be determined by the Chair or Chapter Executive. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair will exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the Chair.
The Secretary-Treasurer will prepare and disseminate notices and agendas of all Executive and Chapter meetings, keep an accurate record of all Executive and Chapter meetings, act as Parliamentarian at all Chapter meetings, act as Archivist for all Chapter matters, and assume other duties as may be determined by the Executive.
ARTICLE VI — Executive and Delegate Elections
The Executive Committee shall request an expression of interest from members who may be interested in joining the BCER Executive Committee no later than 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Nominations may be put forward to the Executive Committee to the PEA Office by any members of the BCER Chapter. The Chapter Executive shall prepare a list of candidates who have signified that they are willing to stand for Executive office. Nominations may also be put forward during the Annual General Meeting.
The Executive shall put the list of standing candidates to the general membership for their vote during the Annual General Meeting. Voting shall be conducted through electronic, paper, or verbal means. Newly elected members of the Chapter Executive shall assume office at the close of the Chapter Annual General Meeting.
The Chair shall prepare a list of candidates for delegate(s) to the Convention of the Association who have signified that they are willing to represent the chapter at convention. Normally, BCER Chapter shall be represented at convention by a member of the Executive Committee and a member-at-large. Expressions of interest may be put forward to the Chair by any members of the BCER Chapter.
ARTICLE VII — Meetings
There shall be an Annual General Meeting not later than December 1 of each year.
Notice of the Chapter Annual General Meeting shall be delivered to each member not less than seven days before the meeting is to be held.
Other general meetings can be called by the Executive Committee, or, on a written request from at least two members. When a meeting is called by at least two members, it shall take place within one calendar month of the request being received by the Executive.
A quorum in any general meeting, including the Annual Meeting, shall be not less than 33 percent of the membership.
Except as herein provided, BCER Chapter meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
Notice of meeting shall state the business to be transacted at the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII — Adoption and Amendment of the Constitution
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