Governance & Structure
AMAPCEO operates from the grassroots up.
AMAPCEO members each belong to one of eleven geographic Districts, according to their workplace location. Members participate in the union's governance by electing their District's Director and the Delegates they wish to represent them at the Annual Delegates' Conference (ADC). At the ADC, Delegates consider resolutions and constitutional amendments. They are also responsible for electing the union's Executive (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) every year.
The President (who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the union) and the Vice-President work full-time in the AMAPCEO office on leave from their positions in the bargaining unit. Elections for these two positions are staggered year-to-year to ensure strong representation for our membership.
Constitution, By-Laws, Elections, Policies & Procedures
On June 8, 2016, the Delegates adopted a series of constitutional amendments, bylaw changes and transitional resolutions to establish a new governance structure that took effect on January 1, 2017.
Incorporating all amendments adopted as of December 6, 2018
Incorporating all amendments as ratified by the Delegates on December 5, 2019
AMAPCEO Election Guide -December 2018
In addition, the Board of Directors has adopted a set of policies and procedures which provide the necessary framework of values and rules for appropriate Board governance.
AMAPCEO's Governing Bodies
The following provides an overview comparison of the major roles and responsibilities of AMAPCEO's governing bodies.
Annual Delegates' Conference (ADC)
The Annual Delegates’ Conference, AMAPCEO’s highest governing body, consists of the 16 members of the Board of Directors and a number of additional elected Delegates from each district. The number of delegates present is determined by the number of members in good standing within the district.
The ADC is responsible for electing the Executive Board of Directors, approving the annual budget, setting the level of membership dues, accepting audited financial statements, adopting constitutional amendments and voting on bargaining priorities. The conference typically meets once each year in late fall, though multiple meetings are possible in a year.
- According to Article 20, the ADC is the “supreme governing body”.
- Consists of approximately 200 Delegates: 16 Board ex officio; remainder elected by members on basis of one Delegate per every 50 signed up members.
- Exclusive authority to elect Board's Executive Officers,
- Exclusive authority to amend the Constitution.
- ADC may amend or reject by-laws or by-law amendments adopted by Council.
- Authority to vote on collective bargaining priorities.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of:
- Twelve District Directors, each directly elected and representing one of AMAPCEO's geographic districts; and
- Four Executive Officers, who together form the Executive Committee: the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, each elected at the ADC.
- The management of the affairs of the Union shall be vested in a Board of Directors, meaning "the Board of Directors may exercise all such powers of the Association as are not specifically required by this Constitution to be exercised by the Delegates’ Conference”.
- The Board shall be responsible for interpreting this Constitution, its by-laws and any by-laws adopted by Districts”.
- Board recommends appointment of auditors, recommends annual budget and recommends acceptance of audited financial statements to ADC.
- Bargaining is a key role of the Board: it nominates members of the Bargaining Team; specifies the process, format and frequency of Bargaining Team reports to Board, ADC and membership; and, recommends bargaining priorities to the ADC.