Decrease in membership dues approved by delegates on Day 2 of Convention

The second day of USJE’s National Convention was full of lively debate, as delegates addressed dozens of resolutions from several USJE committees.

USJE’s Policy, Program and Media staff highlighted the creation of USJE’s first Local Officer Handbook and USJE’s new website. They also spoke about USJE’s continued research and advocacy on the risks of Occupational Stress Injuries experienced by many of USJE’s members, multiple workplace challenges that arose owing to COVID 19, and ongoing efforts with Parliamentarians and other decision-makers.

After much discussion, USJE’s budget passed with a planned decrease in membership dues of $25 a year, an investment of $50,000/year to support the Equity Commmittee’s work on diversity and inclusion, as well as adjustments to the salaries of Regional Vice Presidents to ensure pay equity.

Notably, delegates passed a resolution to add CSC East District Community Parole (10077), CSC Montreal Metro District Community Parole (10088) and PBC Montreal (1A088) to the existing Quebec RCMP – Justice region to form Quebec region (CSC–Community–PBC–RCMP–Justice). The caucus for this new region will nominate and elect their RVP in tomorrow’s elections.

Other highlights:

  • Delegates supported the recommendation to include a status of women position on Local Executives.
  • Delegates mandated USJE to work with PSAC towards the establishment of online electronic alternatives to in-person town halls and voting on collective agreements.
  • Delegates adopted the establishment of a Community Investment Initiative with a budget of $50,000 a year that will fund community driven projects that improve the safety and security of a variety of communities in Canada.  An open call for proposals will be made annually and funding decisions will be made by National Executive.
  • For the first time in USJE’s history, the renewed USJE National Equity Committee, chaired by RVP Lynette Robinson, presented to the National Convention and shared the key elements of their three year work plan.   The plan identifies a member education campaign, a broader communication strategy, better linkages and representation on existing Diversity and Inclusion committees as well as the establishment of the new Committee. 

USJE national elections are on Thursday Oct 28th, and members can follow the election process and results, by joining our Facebook livestream at 7:30 a.m ET.