This year, Montreal will host the APS National Council, the most important event in our Union’s environment. The National Council maps out the orientation of the APS by gathering the lead actors of the union in interaction with the members in good standing eager to get more involved in the Union. It is also an opportunity to summarize the activities and accomplishments of the past year. In fact, the By-Laws interconnect this annual consultation with the APS fiscal year which ends on June 30 each year. At the end of the fiscal year, the Treasurer submits the audited financial statements within 60 days following its approval and posts them in the section of the APS website available to the members in good standing. Afterwards, a proposal is submitted to the members in good standing to appoint the external accounting firm to prepare the financial statements for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. This election must take place entirely through a consultation among all members in good standing. The voters spread throughout the country are solicited by a voting process conducted every year at the end of October or at the beginning of November.
Some Historical Background
The APS predecessors, ACMA elaborated the Association’s main activities stemming from these financial commitments to facilitate the organization’s operations. Thus, the national and regional elections granted with a two-year mandate end at the same time as the financial vote. The candidates must apply to concur the voting period with the resolution for the selection of the external auditors. In fact, all national consultations such as the acceptance or refusal of the collective agreement, for example, follow this same path. ACMA also instituted one national meeting covering these electoral duties so that the members involved could discuss the orientations of the organization. Jean-Jacques Bérard, one of ACMA founders and the last General Manager upon its dissolution, recently stated that the traveling costs were always a preoccupation.
« It is the reason for alternating between Montreal and Toronto in choosing a location to hold the National Council and mainly the reason for the ratio of one delegate per share of 50 members. It is also the reason that the Members’ Annual General Assembly which is held the day after the National Council can only deal with voting results coming from the members everywhere in the country, said Jean-Jacques, otherwise, there would be only a small minority who would have decision-making authority.»
Always in great shape in spite of his entrance to the octogenarians club, Jean-Jacques recovers at present from a surgical operation, his first-lifetime hospitalization; undeniably a force of nature. As a result of the ACMA’s disappearance, the first APS Officers tried to reduce expenses by spacing out the National Council every two years and by restricting the face-to-face National Executive Committee meetings to once a year. This plan was quickly discarded especially with the general outcry it raised. Thus we always have this large annual gathering during which all the participants are invited to express their views.
National Council: Activities Reports and Participation
The National Council is an opportunity to know what is happening all over the country. At the round table, the National Councils reunite the elected Officers and the delegates from across the country. The event starts with an overview. Every regional Officer underlines the concerns of the local members to the Council as well as the particular events impacting the Union’s regional locals.
The National Council’s mission also consists of hearing the activities reports from the Association’s main Officers. The President’s report tops the list. It covers a broad range of topics and Mario Poudrier, the National President always concludes his interventions by encouraging the attendees to provide feedback or comments. The following items on the agenda are the reports by the National Treasurer, the National Secretary, the General Manager as well as the Presidents of the various committees such as the Health and Security in the Workplace, the Employee Assistance Program to name a few.
This meeting always held on a Saturday takes a closer look at all aspects of the Union’s operations, but mostly, it gives an opportunity to meet the members and exchange on topics of common interests.
The following day, Sunday, November 5 of this year, the Members’ Annual General Assembly takes place. This is the forum where the national consultations are disclosed. The Election Officers each representing their respective networks are responsible for unveiling the voting results communicated by the specialized firm in charge of conducting the electronic voting process. They announce the voting results to the members in attendance. This year, the only resolution submitted to a vote will be the appointment of the external auditors. The current regional directors have all been re-elected by acclamation. The General Assembly is followed by the National Executive Committee meeting. Over the past years, Mario Poudrier invites the other delegates in attendance to assist to the National Executive deliberations as observers. The Executive meeting is one of the two mandatory face-to-face meetings to be held during the year.
The invitation is launched to those who wish to join the Officers attending in Montreal during the weekend of November 4 and 5, 2017. The number of eligible delegates is counted per share of 50 members per sector. Therefore for most of the locals, there is a seat for one delegate whereas, in the locals such as Montreal and Toronto, the 1/50 rule must be applied.
For more information do not hesitate to communicate with Maria Gaglione at 514-845-0411 or by E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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