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October 26, 2016

Call for Resolutions

CEIU 2017 National Convention
Gatineau, Québec (February 6 – 9, 2017)

Call for Resolutions

The 2017 CEIU National Convention is fast approaching and will be followed in 2018 by the PSAC Triennial Convention. Matters dealt with by these two conventions are in the form of resolutions which are either adopted or rejected by the accredited delegates attending these conventions.

The CEIU National Convention deals with resolutions submitted by Locals and all official national, regional or district meetings of members, such as regional council meetings or conferences, as well as from any CEIU national conference. In addition, the Deputy Trustees in their capacity of advisory committee to the Trustee may submit resolutions.

Any Local in good standing has the right to submit resolutions to Convention. Locals under trusteeship or Locals that have had their Charters revoked are excluded from submitting resolutions to Convention.

Individual members cannot directly submit resolutions to Convention. Unless the member is an accredited delegate at Convention and he/she is submitting a late or emergency resolution.

Deadline to submit resolution(s)

Resolutions must be received in the CEIU National Office in Ottawa by no later than 4:00 p.m. (Ottawa time), in order to be eligible as per the following dates:

– November 18, 2016 for Resolutions concerning PSAC and General Resolutions
– December 21, 2016 for Resolutions concerning the By-laws or Financial Resolutions

Only emergency and late resolutions can be received after those deadline dates.

Any accredited delegate at Convention has the right to submit an emergency or late resolution to Convention. However, it must be a matter of urgent concern to the welfare of the members and one which was not capable of prior submission through the normal channels. The resolution must be duly seconded by another accredited delegate and it must be acceptable by either the Chair or by a majority of the accredited delegates present at Convention.

Any emergency or late resolutions will be considered only after business listed on the Convention Agenda has been dealt with, unless the accredited delegates vote to amend the agenda.

What range of issues or concerns can be submitted as a resolution?

The range of issues which can be addressed by resolutions is almost as broad as the collective imagination of the Union’s membership. While the resolutions must be limited to actions which the Union (CEIU and/or PSAC) can undertake, they can, and often do, deal with issues as specific as changes to the CEIU By-Laws or the PSAC Constitution and as broad as governmental economic and social policy.

However, in order to be debated at Convention, all issues or concerns must be submitted in the form of a resolution

How to write a resolution?

While the subject area for resolutions can be very broad, members should keep certain parameters in mind when they are preparing resolutions. For example:

(a) Consequence of your resolution:
Remember that the Union is bound by any resolution that Convention will adopt until it is changed by action of another Convention.

(b) The resolution must propose that the Union do something, or adopt some policy or course of action:
Any resolutions requiring that something be done by the Government of Canada or any of the Employers (ESDC/Service Canada, IRB, IRCC or Tribunal) that CEIU members work for, will be rejected, regardless of their relevance to the membership.

However, if those same resolutions instruct CEIU or PSAC to take whatever action is necessary to encourage the government or the employer to do something, then such resolutions are acceptable.

(c) The resolution must be written in a certain format:
Resolutions generally consist of two parts: The first part begins with the Whereas which identifies the problem and which describes the reasons why the issue is considered to be a problem.

The second part of the resolution is the Be it resolved which identifies the course of action which CEIU or PSAC must adopt in order to address the problem.

Keep your resolution simple. Long and complicated resolutions are often split at Convention, and each proposed course of action or policy is voted upon separately. In many instances, it is easier to submit two or three simple resolutions, rather than one complicated one.

How to submit resolution(s)?

Resolutions must be typed in a WORD or RTF (rich text format) on the appropriate Resolution Form (attached) and sent electronically to

Since signatures are required on the resolution form, please ensure that you also fax or mail in your signed resolution form(s) to the CEIU National Office to arrive by the appropriate (4:00 p.m. Ottawa time) deadline date in order for them to be accepted.

In order to avoid submitting a resolution that has been adopted in the past and which is a matter of record, you will find the link to the 2014 CEIU Resolutions of Record booklet below. You may, however, submit a resolution wanting further action on a particular resolution which is already a matter of record.

Please let us know if you require a paper version of the Resolutions of Record and we will mail it to you.

So, in summary, if members have a specific concern which they want the Convention to address, they should:

Remember! CEIU is your Union and resolutions will provide its direction for the next three years

Resolution Form CEIU/C5-17
Resolutions of Record 2014

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