The BCNU Constitution and Bylaws, as well as Policies 5.2.8 and 5.5.2 outline general information regarding elections. However, there is need for clarity regarding candidate responsibilities during an election. The provincial Nominations Committee has the authority under the Constitution and Bylaws to manage elected officer elections, provide this clarity, and remedy any complaints regarding candidate compliance with responsibilities.
BCNU members, including BCNU Council, are entitled to the right and the freedom to express their support or non-support for a candidate of choice, which may include the endorsing of an individual candidate or slate. However, members filling temporary staff positions, members of the Nominations Committee, and Regional Nomination Representatives are not entitled to the right and freedom to express their support or non-support for a candidate of choice, including the endorsing of an individual candidate or slate.
Candidates must comply with the BCNU Constitution and Bylaws, relevant union policies, the collective agreement, labour legislation, and any other relevant legislation such as the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the Workers Compensation Act.
All candidates, both provincial and regional, must comply with the following requirements, conduct, responsibilities and guidelines.
Policy 2.0.1 - Council Members (Code of Conduct)
Policy 5.2.8 – Elected Officer Elections
Policy 5.5.2 – Regional Elections
Policy 5.6.12 – Election Eligibility - Steward Experience
Constitution and Bylaws – In particular, Articles 1, 2, 3, 5, and 12
Candidates must fulfill all requirements under the BCNU Constitution and Bylaws and relevant policies.
Candidates must be BCNU members in good standing.
Candidates, like all BCNU members:
Must not do anything that jeopardizes or is detrimental to the welfare of the union
Must uphold the mission and core values of the BCNU
Must act honestly and with integrity
Must ensure their campaigns and campaign materials are accurate and not misleading
Must not interfere with the campaigns or campaign materials of another candidate
Must not make statements or take actions that are unduly personal or malicious
Must not request or allow staff to be used to promote or assist with any aspect of their campaign. However, members of the union, including BCNU Council, but excluding members filling temporary staff positions, are entitled to the right and the freedom to express their support or non-support for a candidate of choice. This may include endorsing a candidate or running with them in a slate
Must not campaign on paid BCNU time, other than at events organized by the Nominations Committee
Are responsible for the actions of their campaign (including those participating or assisting in their campaign) and for their campaign materials
Must not interfere with the normal operations of the worksite or interrupt the delivery of care
Must provide verification of any statements issued in their campaign if requested by the Nominations Committee
Must have express permission from any person who is depicted or named in their campaign materials
Must not engage in any action that will place them in a conflict of interest as per their existing duties
Must not communicate with BCNU members concerning the BCNU election using any of their employer’s communication systems or BCNU email groups or via privileged access to member emails
Must not utilize BCNU email addresses for any campaign purpose. Incumbent candidates must use a standard statement or out-of-office statement that directs people to a non-BCNU email address
Must not use BCNU-funded communication devices, BCNU-funded telephone numbers, or BCNU email addresses for any campaign or election purpose
May openly and freely debate policies and positions; however, they must speak to issues and policies affecting BCNU membership as a whole, and not those of individual members
BCNU stewards may voluntarily assist with a candidate's campaign, but time devoted to this assistance must not be logged as paid steward time.
The Nominations Committee may remove a candidate from the ticket of nominations for serious or repeated breach of the election rules or procedures, or other serious election misconduct.
The Nominations Committee expects candidates to follow the guidelines set out by the Office of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
During the current COVID-19 environment where the safety of our members and communities is of utmost importance, it is imperative to ensure that candidates involved in Election 2020 follow public health guidelines.
No candidates or candidate supports are permitted to visit worksites that are not their own, and/or for the purpose of campaigning.
Restrictions are currently in place in most health-care sites, including long-term care and assisted living facilities and hospitals that prohibit non-essential visitors.
The BC Public Health Officer has required that health-care workers are limited to a single worksite to prevent any spread of COVID-19.
The BC Public Health Officer recommends limiting travel in the province.
Candidates will not utilize physical materials such as pamphlets, buttons or pens that could spread the COVID-19 virus.
Contacting and touching items is contraindicated as the COVID-19 virus can survive on physical surfaces.
Keeping physical distance is a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Candidates’ strict adherence to these guidelines is critical for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Nominations Committee will take these guidelines very seriously and any breaches will be of high consequence and penalty to the candidate involved. This may be cause for removal from the ticket of nominations.
Candidates may refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control website for updates on these restrictions, but all recommendations of the Nomination Committee, which is the overseer of BCNU elections, will be upheld during the 2020 election.
Campaigning is defined as the circulating of published materials relating to an election campaign.
The candidate biographical sketch and statement of objectives submitted on the nomination form will be approved by the Nominations Committee and made available to the membership. In order to be approved, information provided:
Must be factual and non-defamatory
Must not be inappropriate, offensive, or misrepresent the candidate. For example, materials containing racist or sexist content would be found to be offensive and inappropriate
Candidate information containing hyperlinks will not be published on BCNU webpages.
Nominations Committee materials published on the BCNU Elections webpage are the only materials that will be published for use on BCNU bulletin boards. Unit-specific guidelines may apply. This includes:
Background information regarding election rules and decisions
Reminders about candidate responsibilities
Lists of candidates
BCNU bulletin boards are not to be accessed by individual candidates. There will be no posting of campaign material on BCNU bulletin boards, except for BCNU bulletins produced and circulated by BCNU.
BCNU may produce bulletins containing sanctioned information that will be distributed to stewards to post on union bulletin boards.
Non-sanctioned candidate campaign materials must not be posted on union bulletin boards.
Candidates may not place campaign materials in any worksite.
Candidates will not utilize any authorized BCNU social media accounts for any campaigning purposes during BCNU elections.
If a currently elected official is an admin (administrator) of an authorized BCNU social media account, and if they are not the successful candidate, they must transfer the account to the newly elected official.
Elected officials who are moderators of authorized social media account(s) should consider transferring moderator rights to an individual that is not running in the election, if possible.
Candidates with published campaign materials or statements that attract an official complaint will be asked to immediately remove the impugned statement(s). The candidate will then be given the opportunity to verify the accuracy of the statement(s) within a 24-hour period. If the accuracy of the statement(s) is established the Nominations Committee will determine if the statement(s) can be republished.
Candidates (including incumbents) and staff not directly involved in supporting the Nominations Committee should not have any direct communications with any member of the committee, including their independent legal advisor, except through the elections email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or as necessary to respond to communications initiated by the committee during the investigation of a complaint.
Mission Statement & Vision
BCNU Constitution & Bylaws
BCNU Climate Goals
BCNU Policy 2.0.1
Council Members (Code of Conduct)
BCNU Policy 2.0.3Conflict of Interest - Elected Officers
BCNU Policy 2.0.4Conflict of Interest - Other Elected Positions
BCNU Policy 5.2.8Elected Officer Elections
BCNU Policy 5.5.2Regional Elections
BCNU Policy 5.6.12Election Eligibility Steward Experience
BCNU Policy 9.1.1President
BCNU Policy 9.1.2President's Relocation Allowance
BCNU Policy 9.1.3Provincial Executive Committee Officers
BCNU Policy 9.1.4Regional Council Members
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