Resolutions to the Local Union Delegated Meeting

Hello Members,
 
Units are able to pass resolutions that they want to be considered at the Local Union Delegated Meeting, which is being held March 19-21, 2024. For a Unit to pass a resolution to the LUDM, a member of the Unit must propose the resolution at a Unit Meeting. If you still wish to put forward a resolution for your Unit to potentially pass, your last chance is to ask your Unit Officials to convene a Special Unit Meeting prior to the end of January. If you would like such a meeting to occur, please let your Unit Officials know this week (by Sunday, January 14th) to ensure that members can receive adequate notice of this meeting. 
 
A resolution to the Local Union Delegated Meeting must be in a correct format, and the Unit Meeting must approve it by majority vote.
 
A resolution to the LUDM that has been passed by a Unit will be forwarded to a LUDM Resolutions Committee, and may be debated at the LUDM. Approved resolutions to the LUDM will be emailed by the Unit Secretary to [email protected] prior to February 9, 2024. No particular form needs to be completed, an email is sufficient.
 
Such resolutions may seek to propose Local By-Law changes, changes in Local practices, or may state the Local’s position on an issue.
 
Resolutions to LUDM can be formatted in one of two ways: Traditional or Clear-Language.
 
Traditional Format
 
A Traditional Format resolution is structured as follows:
     Whereas ___________; and,
     Whereas ___________; and,
     Whereas ___________; now,
     Therefore be it resolved ___________; and,
     Be it further resolved ___________; and,
     Be it finally resolved ___________.
 
“Whereas…” essentially means “Because…” and so these portions of the resolution are used to explain facts that necessitate the action that the resolution is seeking to enact.
 
“Be it resolved…” means that the group supporting the resolution is deciding to do a particular thing, which will be expressed after these words.
 
So for example:
     Whereas cats are quieter than dogs; and,
     Whereas cats are softer than dogs; now,
     Therefore be it resolved that USW Local 1944 express its view that cats are better than dogs; and,
     Be it further resolved that USW Local 1944 make a donation of $1,000 to Cats Unlimited.
 
Clear Language Format
 
A Clear Language Format resolution is structured as follows:
     Because ___________ and
     Because ___________ and
     Because ___________,
     USW Local 1944 will ___________ and
     USW Local 1944 will ___________ and
     USW Local 1944 will ___________
 
In this format, “Whereas…” has been replaced by “Because” with essentially the same purpose, and “Therefore be it resolved” has been replaced by “USW Local 1944 will” with essentially the same purpose.
 
So for example:
     Because cats are quieter than dogs and
     Because cats are softer than dogs,
     USW Local 1944 will express its view that cats are better than dogs and
     USW Local 1944 will make a donation of $1000 to Cats Unlimited.
 
In Solidarity,
 
USW Local 1944