Opportunity to Serve on the Chapter and PEA Executive
Publish date: Tuesday, April 09, 2019
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Thanks to those of you who have already expressed interest in serving on the bargaining team for our upcoming round of contract negotiations. Sam will be reaching out to you over the next week to confirm interest and availability. If anyone else has questions about the role or process, please do not hesitate to email Sam Montgomery.
The LSS chapter also has an opportunity to form a chapter executive. Per chapter bylaws, the Executive shall consist of up to five (5) members and serve as the local reps for the bargaining unit.
Given the size of the bargaining unit and timelines for selecting a rep to the PEA executive (see below), we are proposing to forgo establishing a formal nomination committee and simply call for expressions of interest. Should more than five (5) members put their names forward for the chapter executive, then we can move to a vote of the membership.
PEA Executive Representation
The LSS Chapter has the opportunity to appoint a chapter executive member to the PEA Executive for a one-year term (June 2019 to June 2020). Having a seat on the PEA executive gives the chapter a direct voice and vote in PEA decision making and governance.
It is a great learning opportunity to gain knowledge about the PEA, its policies, finances and various labour relations initiatives. The Chapter will need to appoint a representative by mid-May or the opportunity for representation on the PEA Executive will be provided to another PEA chapter.
About the PEA Executive
The PEA Executive meets approximately 8 to 10 times a year. There are usually four, half day, face-to-face meetings and a two-day strategic planning session. The face-to-face meetings rotate between Richmond and Victoria. The rest of the meetings are web and phone-based, ranging from an hour to three hours in duration. The PEA pays for travel expenses and lost wages.
There are four smaller chapters in the PEA that have combined seats that rotate every year. The combined chapters will rotate PEA Executive members for the June 17, 2019 PEA Executive meeting in Richmond. This means that two other PEA chapters will relinquish seats on the Executive and also that the LSS chapter has the opportunity to fill one of those seats.
The LSS chapter will need to first appoint a chapter executive and then appoint a representative from that committee to the PEA Executive for the next year (June to June).
PEA policy sets out that staff provides two notices to combined chapters and then the available seat on the PEA Executive is offered to a combined chapter without a seat. This email is the chapter's first formal notice and the chapter is asked to appoint an executive member by April 24.
Feel free to contact Scott McCannell with interest or questions.
Establishing a chapter executive and participating on the PEA executive is a good way to make sure LSS members' voices are heard in the PEA. Please let me know by April 24 if you are interested in serving on your chapter executive and/or the PEA executive.