- A constitution is the legal document that set out the conditions of power, responsibility and duties of the members and executive of an organisation. The vast majority of organizations have a constitution, for example corporations, non-profits and of course unions. They represent how we agree to operate and conduct ourselves as a group. What are the rights of the different members of the group and what are the conditions under which decisions are made about the group.
They are broad in scope. Highly detailed rules and regulations in organizations are best handled as policies.
- The membership, which is all qualified RSB teachers who are part-time or full time.
The constitution was originally adopted by vote of all members. Just as any amendments to it must be presented at a meeting where all members are welcome.
We have limited responsibilities to unqualified and supply teachers.
However, it is not easy. This is a document that should only be able to be changed if there is a will from the membership. That means all RTU teachers have to be consulted at a meeting on the changes. In addition, any changes have to be looked over for compliance with the higher laws and scope of what a union constitution is. Any amendments need to be proposed to the executive prior to the end of April. This gives time for the executive to discuss it and do any research required before sending it to the AGM in May. At the AGM it will be discussed and voted on by all members present. Amendments can also be tabled or voluntarily withdrawn at an AGM if further work on them is felt to be needed.
- RTU's constitution exists under the laws of Quebec and Canada. We cannot gainsay any laws that exist in those higher level of law. As such, there are limits as to what can be in our constitution.