IMPORTANT NOTICE March 2019
We are contacting all of our Members regarding direction we have received from CUPE National.
It has been brought to our attention that CUPE Local 5167, along with many other locals, have not followed the correct practice regarding membership in good standing under the National Constitution.
There is a distinction between being a dues paying member and being a member in good standing:
Dues paying member:
Everyone under the scope of a CUPE Local 5167 Collective Agreement is a dues paying member. Dues are collected off each pay check. This allows members access to the grievance process, all your rights under the Collective Agreement, and the right to vote in strike and ratification votes.
Member in good standing:
A member in good standing is equally entitled to the rights noted above with the addition of being eligible to run for union positions (executive, steward, committee, etc.) to vote in local elections, budgets, by-laws, and motions made at the general membership meetings (GMMs).
EVERY CURRENT MEMBER OF CUPE LOCAL 5167 MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS MOVING FORWARD
Please note if you attended GMM or Steward meeting in the last 4 months, paid the membership fee, signed a blue card, and taken the oath, your application has been accepted and you are a member in good standing. Section B.VIII speaks to membership in the local.
There are four steps to the process of becoming a member in good standing:
- Member must fill out and sign a blue card, then signed by a steward or executive officer
- Member must pay an initiation fee (Our local is keeping it at the lowest amount, $1)
- Membership must approve the application at a General Membership Meeting
- Member must take oath of membership given by a steward or executive officer
Once all these steps have taken place, you will be a member in good standing.
We understand that some of the steps in this process took place in some units years ago prior to CUPE Local 5167 being formed, but the practice has not been consistent.
We encourage you to come out to a membership meeting to complete the 4 noted steps to become a member in good standing. Membership meetings take place at 6:00pm on the 4th Monday of every month. You can find more information on our website at cupe5167.org where you can register for email blasts as well.
In addition, you can speak to your location steward, come by the union hall on Tuesdays between 11 am and 2pm to see the Executive Administrator to complete the process or look for other options that will be posted.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO COMPLETE THE STEPS TO BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY ELECTIONS/LOCAL BUSINESS MATTERS PAST JUNE 30, 2019.
We apologize for this inconvenience, but we are required to follow the proper process. Our local runs on the involvement of its members; our system is democratic and your participation matters!
We look forward to seeing you out and engaging with your union.
CUPE Local 5167 Executive Board