ESS Elections, Constitution Changes and Committee Appointments 2016

This week, a call for nominations will go out for our bargaining unit elections. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday May 9th, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hall in Maidstone

Map to St. Mary’s Hall

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If you are interested in running for a position, please email Crystal Leveille for a copy of the District 9 Campaign Guidelines and Complete the Nomination form.

Nomination and Committee Appointment Form 2016-2017
Completed Nomination forms can be faxed to 519-948-5401

What is the “Call for Nominations” period this year?

The period for nominations has identified the period of April 11, 2016- April 22, 2016 12:00pm as the “Call for Nominations” period for ESS Officers and Delegates.

This “Call for Nominations” is done in accordance with Bylaw 9 – Elections of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws.

Who can run for ESS Officer and Delegate positions?

Elections for the following ESS Officers and Delegates are open to any ESS member (permanent, temporary and casual) as defined in Article 3 of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws.
Article 3.1 Active members of the ESS shall include all employees of The Greater Essex County District School Board employed as Educational Support Staff Article 3.1.1 Active members in good standing shall have voting rights.

This year OSSTF-ESS will hold elections for the following positions:

  • President (1 to be elected)
    Recording Secretary (1 to be elected)
    Treasurer (1 to be elected)
  • AMPA Delegates & Alternates (6 Delegates & 2 Alternates – Total 8)
  • Collective Bargaining Committee (12 to be elected) 

How do I put my name forward for one or more of the positions?

ESS members interested in having their name stand at the ESS Annual Meeting on May 9, 2016 for one or more of the positions listed above must submit the form by fax or to Crystal Leveille at the District Office outlining:

The position(s) the individual is running for;
The name of the member moving the nomination; and
The name of the member seconding the nomination.

It is the responsibility of the member running for office to have their mover and seconder verify their willingness to support the nomination. This verification can be done by the mover and seconder through email or by the mover and seconder signing the nomination Faxed to the office. Please fax all nominations to the attention of Crystal Leveille (519-948-5401)

CALL FOR APPOINTMENTS FOR ESS REPRESENTATIVES FOR COMMITTEES/COUNCILS

Expression of Interest form for Committees—No election required

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Appointments for the 2016/2017 school year will be made by the ESS Executive at their May 2016 Meeting.

What is the “Call for Appointments” period this year?

The ESS Executive has identified the period of April 11, 2016- April 22, 2016 at noon . as the “Call for Appointments” period for ESS Representatives positions for Committees and Councils. This “Call for Appointments” is done in accordance with Bylaw 11 – Appointments of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws.

Who can put their name forward for an ESS Representative position?

Any ESS member (permanent or temporary support staff) as defined in Article 3.1 and Article 3.1.1 of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws can submit his/her name to the ESS Executive for consideration for appointment.
Article 3.1 Active members of the ESS shall include all employees of The Greater Essex County District School Board employed as Educational Support Staff.
Article 3.1.1 Active members in good standing shall have voting rights.

What Committees/Councils need ESS Representatives for the 2015/2016 school year?

This “Call for Appointments” is for ESS Representatives for the following Committee and Councils as outlined in Article 4.7 of the ESS Constitution and Bylaws:

Labour Council
Communications Political Action Committee
Educational Services Committee
Equity Committee
Scholarship Committee
Health and Safety Committee
United Way Committee
Special Education Advisory Committee Observer
Joint Employee Assistance Program
Student Placement Committee (1 Educational Assistant, 1Child and Youth Worker, 1 Developmental Services Worker, 1 EarlyChildhood Educator)
Board Mental Health Committee

What is the term of office and duties for the ESS Officers and Delegates?

All positions listed above have a one year term, commencing July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

How do I put my name forward for one or more of the positions?

ESS members interested in being appointed by the ESS Executive to one or more of the ESS Representative positions listed above should fax (948-5401) the Nomination form  to Martha Hradowy, President indicating their interest and identifying the specific Committee(s)/Council(s) of interest.

 

How will the appointments be decided?

Appointments to the ESS Representative positions will be done in May as outlined in Bylaw 11 – Appointments. The process for appointments is as follows:

1. The ESS President will present the names of interested members at the May Meeting of the ESS Executive.
At this meeting, the ESS Executive will appoint members to sit as ESS Representatives for the 2016-2017 school year.
Members appointed to Committees/Councils will be notified as soon as possible after the May ESS Executive Meeting.

How will the membership know who has been appointed to the Committees and Councils?
A list of members appointed will be posted on the OSSTF-ESS Team Site by the end of May.

 

Descriptions of Committees and Councils

Labour Council
Members interested in serving on Labour Council will attend monthly meetings of at CAW Local 200/444. Meetings are scheduled the 2nd Tuesday of every month and begin at 6:30pm. Members will act on behalf of OSSTF and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive.
Communication/Political Action Committee

Members interested in serving on the Communications Political Action Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Communications and Political Action is responsible for the planning of election readiness activities and engaging members in the Political process at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels.

Educational Services Committee
Members interested in serving on the Educational Services Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Educational Services committee is responsible for planning Professional Development opportunities for E.S.S members to be offered for all members.

Equity Committee

Members interested in serving on the Equity Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Members of the Equity Committee are responsible for developing resources and coordinating events for OSSTF Gay Straight Alliance, Human Rights and Status of Women issues.

Scholarship Committee
Members interested in serving on the Scholarship will attend a meeting one time only OSSTF office. Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hr.
Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate in the selection of OSSTF scholarship award winners.

Health and Safety Committee

Members interested in serving on the Health and Safety Committee will attend monthly meetings at the OSSTF office.
Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Members of the Health and Safety Committee are responsible for addressing concerns and issues of member’s health and safety in the workplace.

United Way Committee

Members interested in serving on the United Way Committee will attend meetings and organize the OSSTF-ESS membership involvement in the United Way campaign. Members may be asked to attend meetings during work time and outside of work time along with our partners in the community to raise funds for United Way. The time commitment is more dedicated in the months of September and October, with a final wrap up in December. Release time is provided if meetings are called during working hours.

Special Education Advisory Committee Observer
Members interested in serving as the OSSTF-ESS SEAC observer will attend monthly meetings at the Board office.
Time commitment, approximately 3.5 hours per month during work time. Time release is provided for members interested in serving in this capacity.
Members will act on behalf the ESS and provide a written report to the ESS Executive.

Joint Employee Assistance Program
Members interested in serving on the JEAP committee will attend monthly meetings at the Board office downtown or JEAP office in Essex
Time commitment, approximately 1-11/2 hour per month. Members will act on behalf the ESS and will participate and report back to the ESS Executive of any action required on behalf of the Executive. Members of the JEAP committee responsible for providing suggestions for member wellness activities.

Student Placement Committee (1-EA, 1-DSW, 1 CYW, 1ECE)
Members interested in serving as the Student Placement Coordinator will be responsible for seeking out members to participate in taking on a student from St. Clair College. The member will work with the President of OSSTF-ESS, Principal Liaison, St. Clair College and members to coordinate student placements in all of the designations listed above. The time commitment is for the entire year to ensure students are placed in fall, winter and spring placements.

Mental Health Committee (1)
Members interested in serving as the ESS Representative on the Board Mental Health Committee will be responsible for seeking out members to participate in taking on a student from St. Clair College. The member will work with the President of OSSTF-ESS, Principal Liaison, St. Clair College and members to coordinate student placements in all of the designations listed above. The time commitment is for the entire year to ensure students are placed in fall, winter and spring placements.

Changes to ESS Constitution

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The ESS Constitution can be found below. Proposed changes will be accepted between April 11-April 22, 2016
Changes to the OSSTF-ESS Constitution
Amendments and changes to the constitution can be made as outlined below
5.1       Amendments to this constitution and by-laws may be made at any duly constituted meeting of the ESS in the following manner:
5.1.1    by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present, qualified to vote and voting, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given to the Recording Secretary at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting and provided that written notice of the proposed amendment has been posted/emailed to the membership of the ESS at least five (5) days prior to the meeting; or
      1. by a nine-tenths (9/10) vote of the members present, qualified to vote and voting, if notice in 5.1.1 has not been given.
        If you would like to recommend changes to the constitution you can forward the constitutional changes and recommended language on the attached form to the attention of Crystal Leveille no later than 12:00pm Friday April 22, 2016
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Author: Martha Hradowy

President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit District 9

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