The BCNU Constitution and Bylaws, as well as Policies 4.5.5 and 4.5.6 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 provincial elections, provide this clarity, and remedy any complaints regarding candidate compliance with responsibilities. The process is then utilized in regional elections as well.
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) or the Workers Compensation Act.
The Biographical Sketch and Statement of Objectives as submitted on the Nominations Form will be approved by the Nominations Committee and made available to the membership. In order to be approved, information provided:
Candidates who have published materials in their campaign which resulted in an official complaint will be asked to immediately remove the impugned statements. The Candidate will then be given the opportunity to verify the accuracy of the statement(s) within a 24-hr period. When accuracy is established the statement(s) can be republished.
BCNU will publish election information, including a complete list of approved candidates, online at www.bcnu.org following the close of nominations.
Non-sanctioned candidate campaign materials must not be posted on union bulletin boards, nor should they be posted or left unattended elsewhere in worksites.
The official campaign period for elections commences after the Provincial Nominations Committee has verified a member's candidacy and ends at the close of the voting period for the election.
Campaigning constitutes circulating published, printed or electronic (email, Facebook, Twitter, websites or other social media) materials related to the election.
Candidates (including incumbents) and staff not directly involved in supporting the committee shoud not have any direct communications with any members 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.
Candidates who wish to contact the Regional Nominations Committee should contact the Chair. Their contact details are posted here, and will be on BCNU bulletin boards in the worksite.
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BCNU Constitution & Bylaws
BCNU Policy 4.5.5Regional Elections
BCNU Policy 4.5.6Provincial Elections
BCNU Policy 4.6.1Code of Conduct for Council Members
BCNU Policy 188.8.131.52Provincial Executive Benefits & Compensation - Executive Committee
Candidate Job Descriptions
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