A variety of Committees have been established to delegate and coordinate the work of the TWU. Committees are broken down into two groups, elected and appointed. Elections for the elected Committees take place at our annual Convention in March. The President appoints members and staff to Committees to fulfill specific functions.
Executive Council governs the Union between Conventions and consists of the President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer, Regional Executive Officers and Trustees, all of whom are elected by the Local Annual Delegated Meeting. It is their duty to exercise the authority of the Local Annual Delegated Meeting between meetings and take such action as is necessary to carry out fully the resolutions and instructions of the Local Annual Delegated Meeting. A current list of the TWU, USW Local 1944 National Executive Officers (along with their photographs) can be found at Telecommunications Workers Union National Executive Council.
The terms of the contract are the result of proposals from the members. Resolutions are passed at Local meetings and then viewed and discussed by the Bargaining Committee who will bring them forward to the Bargaining Convention (or meeting) with a recommendation of concurrence or non-concurrence. Presently, only the TELUS bargaining unit holds a Bargaining Convention. The resolutions, once passed, become a part of the package that is negotiated with the Company. Once bargaining negotiations with management have been completed, all changes to the Collective Agreement are brought forward to the members for their ratification or rejection. (Bargaining Committee)
The TWU Bylaws sets out a means whereby every member can participate in building a better, more responsive Union. Proposals from Locals regarding changes to the TWU Bylaws or TWU policies are sent to the Bylaws Committee. This elected body reviews each proposal or resolution and makes a recommendation of concurrence or non-concurrence to the Delegates at Convention, which occurs each March. These steps ensure a process by which each Local member has the opportunity to put forward their suggestions as to how the Union can continually improve its service to the members. (Bylaws Committee))
Education of the members is critical to the success and solidarity of any Union. Labour education empowers the workers. It gives us the skills, self-confidence and leadership needed to work through Local difficulties. It provides us with the resources necessary to challenge the arbitrary power of the Employer and win those victories for our membership that instills confidence in the Union. The TWU believes it is crucial to the labour movement that as many members as possible have access to labour education, and that is why the first priority of the Education Committee is to offer the Basic Shop Steward's course on trade unionism to every member who wishes to learn about or to become active in the Union. Each year resolutions from Locals regarding education are sent to the Committee. The Committee reviews each proposal and makes a recommendation of concurrence or non-concurrence to the Delegates at the January Convention. Suggestions and requests for educational opportunities are also accepted throughout the year from any member, and the Committee meets on an as-needed basis in order to determine the educational needs of our members and provide service to them. (Education Committee)
This Committee is responsible for reviewing all of the financial operations of the Union, including audits of the books of the Secretary-Treasurer. Each year this Committee meets prior to Convention and reports its findings to the Convention in a written and detailed submission. The Committee accepts resolutions from Locals and considers them for a recommendation of concurrence or non-concurrence. The Finance Committee may also make recommendations of its own to the Convention, including a budget for the upcoming year's operations. The Committee is charged with developing, in consultation with the Executive Council and approved professionals, the investment policies for the funds of the Union. (Education Committee)
Health and Safety Committees are usually Joint Union/ Management Committees responsible for implementing and monitoring safety programs and dealing with specific safety issues brought before it. The TWU takes the safety and health of our members very seriously and encourages all members to be vigilant in reporting any accidents or hazardous situations. The right to refuse work that may be injurious to one's health and/or safety is the right of all workers. If the job is NOT safe, in the opinion of the person doing the job, it should not be done by ANY person until it is safe. Members also have the right to know what is in a substance or in the working environment before starting a job. Lost time accidents and near misses are to be investigated by a Joint Union/Management Team. If you are concerned about any health and safety issue and your manager is not taking the appropriate corrective action, contact your Local Health and Safety Officer or the nearest Union office for advice. (Health And Safety Committee, Safety and Health Policy, TWU Health and Safety Page)
This is not a joint committee. The Human Rights Committee is an appointed committee by the President. The Committee meets three (3) times a year for two (2) days each, to explore what is happening pertaining to Human Rights issues within our bargaining certifications, outside within our communities and globally. The Committee is there to offer support and to distribute information in regards to Human Rights issues. (Human Rights Committee, Human Rights Committee Page)
The Political Action Committee is a Union Committee. The goal of this Committee is to encourage members to be politically active and coordinate political activity on the municipal, provincial and national levels. (Political Action Committee)
The objective of theTWU's Public Awareness Campaign is to make the public and our politicians aware that in a time of accelerating unemployment, Telus is shipping Canadian jobs offshore, taking advantage of extremely low-paid workers in under-developed countries like the Philippines. Telus is removing jobs from communities where they collect hundreds of millions of dollars in profit while, at the same time, other telecommunications companies in North America are bringing work onshore due to unsatisfactory results for their customers. The TWU strongly believes that companies that earn their revenue in Canadian communities have a duty to reinvest in those communities.
The Youth committee's purpose is to reach out to our young members in an effort to better address their needs and concerns. Members of this committee will meet via teleconference to discuss relevant issues and to make recommendations to the TWU Executive Council on what the union can do to promote participation of our younger members. (NextGen Committee)