Overview of Volunteer Roles
There are three different types of volunteer roles at AMAPCEO — summaries are shown here, but you can find out more on each of these areas by following the colour codes below.
These roles are workplace-focused, working with AMAPCEO members to make sure their rights are protected and ensuring a safe, healthy and fair workplace environment for all.
Member Engagement Roles
Now Explore the Details
Each of the areas above is explored in more detail below. And in some cases, look for links to application forms.
Often known as “stewards” in other unions, a Workplace Representative is a colleague in the workplace who acts as a front-line contact for fellow members seeking information and advice about their rights as employees, their Collective Agreement and how to resolve issues or problems. Workplace Representatives, who are trained by AMAPCEO, work directly with the staff Workplace Advisors and Dispute Resolution Officers located in the AMAPCEO Office.
Health and Safety Representatives
Health and Safety Representatives are appointed by AMAPCEO under the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act to carry out the legislated role of ensuring their workplaces are safe working environments. If there are at least 20 employees in a workplace, these representatives sit on joint Health and Safety Committees with management and other union representatives and can make recommendations to management to improve safety in the workplace.
Each ministry in the OPS and each BPS bargain- ing unit has an Employee Relations Committee, a joint body on which AMAPCEO and management appoint an equal number of representatives who meet regularly to discuss workplace issues. AMAPCEO ERC Representatives must first qualify as Workplace Representatives. An AMAPCEO staff resource person also attends ERC meetings, which address specific responsibilities outlined in the Collective Agreement and, generally, provide an opportunity to resolve local workplace issues through informal discussion.
Board of Directors: Executive Officers
Under our Constitution, the internal affairs of the union are managed by an elected 16-member Board of Directors. The Board consists of twelve District Directors and four central Executive Officers: Pres- ident, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The four officers are elected to staggered two-year terms in the Fall (two elected one year and two the next) at an annual convention of Delegates, who themselves are elected from the 12 Districts. The four officers plus the Board Chair (a District Director elected by the Board) serve on the Executive Committee.
Board of Directors: District Directors
In addition to the four Executive Officers, the Board includes 12 Directors, each elected by and from the members in each of the 12 geographic Districts to which AMAPCEO members are assigned based on where they work. Like the officers, Directors are elected to staggered two-year terms in the Fall, with one-half (or six) elected one year and the other half elected in the next year. The authority and specific responsibilities of the Board of Directors are outlined in our Constitution and By-laws, which are posted on the AMAPCEO website. In addition to sitting as a member of the Board, each District Director also chairs the District Executive Committee in his or her District.
A number of Delegates are elected at large by members in each District on a formula of approximately one Delegate for every 50 signed members. Delegates are elected to staggered two-year terms in the Spring, with one-half of a District’s Delegates elected one year and the other half in the next year. Delegates have two important roles: They serve with their District Director on the District Executive Committee, which meets at least four times each year, and they attend as voting members of the Annual Delegates’ Conference (or ADC). The District Executive is responsible for promoting member engagement and volunteer recruitment and organizes membership events in the District, including at least one general member- ship meeting each year. The ADC is responsible for electing the four Executive Officers and a number of central committees; approving the annual operating budget; appointing external auditors and reviewing audited financial statements; adopting constitutional amendments; and, generally, setting overall priorities for the union. Each District selects a subset of Dele- gates who sit on the AMAPCEO Activists and Leaders Forum, which meets three times a year.
Both the Board of Directors and the Annual Delegates’ Conference appoint or elect members to a number of central committees. Calls for application/nomination for committee positions are posted on the AMAPCEO website when they become available. Committee members typically serve a two-year term. The Board currently has six standing committees: Education; Equity; Finance; Health, Safety and Wellness; Pensions and Benefits; and Workplace Relations. The ADC has five committees: Activist Recognition; Audit; Elections and Credentials; Resolutions; and Board Compensation.
The equity caucus model is designed to create a space for AMAPCEO members in specific demographic/ cultural groups in order to build community and provide alternative opportunities for members (particularly those in under-represented groups) to engage with and participate in their union. There are currently eight equity caucuses, which members are encouraged to join through application on the website: LGBTQ; Black; Disability; Young Workers; Francophone; Women; Indigenous; and Asian, Arab and Latino. Each caucus elects two co-chairs and the caucuses are represented on the Board’s Equity Committee, the Activists and Leaders Forum and the ADC.
Former AMAPCEO members who have retired from the workplace have an opportunity to participate in the Retiree Caucus on payment of a one-time membership fee. The caucus is represented on the Board’s Pension and Benefits Committee, the Activists and Leaders Forum and the ADC.
Member Engagement Roles
This role is ideal for a person who likes to be kept in the loop about union news and pass this information along to their colleagues. This role is great for someone who likes to be involved but wants to play a behind the scenes role; someone who likes craft/design/media and print; someone who wants to be involved in the union but has less time to do so. The role includes receiving the Bulletin Board mail-out from the AMAPCEO office; posting the materials on the Bulletin Board; distributing additional materials sent out (flyers/posters/etc.) and contacting the office to request additional copies of posters/material.
This role is ideal for the person who is interested in doing member-to-member outreach and engagement, or who may already be engaged in external campaigns (for example, local United Way campaigns or Food Drives) or in the coordination of social activities in their workplace. The role could require working with local leaders such as members of the District Executive to contact and welcome new members, help recruit members for activist roles, or assist in mobilizing members to engage in union activities.
However, the role is also ideal for someone who would like to be involved with and/or learn more about their union but not in an elected role or as a representative engaging with management. Functions could include organizing and publicizing AMAPCEO-sponsored community and social events (including ice cream days and pub nights), reminding members to participate in surveys and other activities.