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Active Membership in CSU 52 enables us to provide members with communications updates, and empowers members to be involved in the direction setting and governance of the Union.

As an Active Member you can set your communications interests, participate in online polls, vote on issues that affect you as a member, including your Collective Agreement and the election of Board of Directors members (including the President), and your Negotiations Committee. Active Membership also allows you to take advantage of eligible education bursaries for members and their children.

All employees within CSU 52 bargaining units are encouraged to become Active Members. There is no additional cost to become an Active Member. Click here to apply for a Membership Card online.

Posted June 26, 2019

Welcome to the Elections 2019 page.

The Union’s Constitution & Bylaws regulates the election procedure for Board of Directors positions. Bylaws Article 5 details duties of Election Officers, how Election Officers are elected, how nominations are made and accepted, how Members qualify to be nominated, and when election dates take place.



COMING SOON – The Nomination Form for the 2019 Board of Directors Elections will be posted here the week of August 19, 2019.
 
NOMINATIONS DEADLINE – October 1, 2019


All positions are for 2-year terms: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021

  • First Vice-President | Incumbent: Laurie Fiorilli
  • Treasurer | Incumbent: Leo Derkach
  • Contractual Unit Director, City of Edmonton | Incumbent: Tracy Foran
  • Contractual Unit Director, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton | Incumbent: Bernadette Blakey

The position of Chief Shop Steward (Incumbent: Amanda Hall) will be elected by the Shop Stewards Assembly at the November 19, 2019 Shop Steward Training Session.


Nominations were accepted at the June 4, 2019 General Membership Meeting for one (1) Assistant Returning Officer and two (2) Union Scrutineers. The 2019 Election Officers are:

  • Kim Woolgar | Returning Officer (appointed by the Assistant Returning Officer)
  • Esther Anderson | Assistant Returning Officer
  • Greg Novak | Union Scrutineer
  • Darlene Woodham | Union Scrutineer


CSU 52 has a variety of committees to become involved with, from putting on social events to helping fellow CSU 52 members. Our committees have planning positions that meet formally, or you can sign up to support a committee on a casual basis that does not require a dedicated commitment.

CSU 52 currently has the following committees in place. Nomination for formal committee membership takes place annually at the January General Meeting. Participating on a committee is a great way to become involved with and learn more about the Union, meet new people and network, and support interests and causes that you care about.

If you are interested in participating on a committee, please submit your expression of interest by clicking here.

 ‘Committee Election Results – January 8, 2019’

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Committees

Updated: June 25, 2019

[19] denotes Member’s term ending December 2019
[20] denotes Member’s term ending December 2020

 ‘Bylaws Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Esther Anderson [19]
  • Amanda Hall [20]
  • Michael LeBlanc [20]
  • Heather MacKay [19]
  • Greg Novak [19]

 ‘Discipline Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Henrik Hale [19]
  • Victor Olmos [19]
  • Alex Perl [20]
  • Lucinda Picton [19]
  • Emily Vokes [20]

 ‘Education Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Travis Jensen [20]
  • Nadine Neufeld [19]
  • Jason Schneck [19]
  • Cathy Williams [20]

 ‘Financial Review Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Donna Demyen, Chief Trustee [20]
  • Greg Derkach [20]
  • Sandi Giesler [19]

At the October 2, 2018 General Membership Meeting, Sandi Giesler was elected to fill a vacant position (previously occupied by James Paull) with a term end date of December 2019.

 ‘Grievance Appeal Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Chantelle Adams [20]
  • Milo Buryska [19]
  • Margaret Cieslak [19]
  • Paige Gorsak [20]
  • Jason Schneck [19]

 ‘History Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Henrik Hale [20]
  • Greg Novak [20]
  • Lucinda Picton [19]

 ‘Student Bursary Application’

 ‘Community Organization Application for Funding form’

 ‘Members & Community Support Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Pierre Blanchette [20]
  • Leo Derkach, Treasurer[19]
  • Laurie Fiorilli [20]
  • Sandi Giesler [19]
  • Greg Novak [19]
  • Rocky Pilisko [19]
  • Darlene Woodham, Acting Chair [20]
  • Rose Tinka, Recording Secretary (CSU 52 Staff)

 ‘Public Events Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Pierre Blanchette (appointed Board Member)
  • Cheryl Deshaies [20]
  • Sandi Giesler [19]
  • Surjit Khakh [19]
  • Meagan Tungate; Darlene Woodham [20] – elected at April 2, 2019 General Meeting to fill vacancy
  • Jolene Hutseal; Danielle Downey VACANT [19]

 ‘Publications Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Esther Anderson [20]
  • Lori Jeffery-Heaney [19]
  • Travis Jensen [20]
  • Cathy Williams [19]
  • Darlene Woodham [20]

 ‘Sergeant-at-Arms Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Tony Fata [19]
  • Jolene Hutseal [20]

 ‘Social Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Chantelle Adams [19]
  • Greg Derkach [19]
  • Allen Gavinchuk [19]
  • Michael Goth [20]
  • Surjit Khakh [20]
  • Meagan Tungate; Tomas Szczepanski [20] – elected at April 2, 2019 General Meeting to fill vacancy

 ‘Young Workers Committee’ Terms of Reference

CURRENT MEMBERS

  • Allen Gavinchuk [20]
  • Paige Gorsak [20]
  • Michael Goth [19]
  • Kristin Lacoursiere [19]
  • Alex Perl [20]


Updated April 29, 2019

CSU 52 strives to have a vibrant, active and engaged membership. Knowledgeable, well versed, engaged Shop Stewards are essential to the success of an engaged membership.

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits you and your colleagues have? Have you ever wondered how job selections are made? Or how job classifications are done? What benefits are you entitled to upon becoming a permanent employee? Or how clauses come into the Collective Agreement ? How vacation entitlement works? How do pensions work?

CSU 52 has opportunities for you to learn more about these and other Human Resource and Labour related issues. The role of Shop Steward presents you with opportunities to learn about these issues and develop skills in areas such as leadership development, communications and problem solving that you can use not only as a Shop Steward, but in other aspects of your career and life.


The primary roles of our Shop Stewards are to build relationships with our members in the workplace, and ensure that the provisions of the Collective Agreement are adhered to. Shop Stewards help keep our members informed about Union Business and Workplace Policies and attempt to resolve issues before a grievance occurs. They are a liaison between the Union and the members, helping to ensure information is shared in a timely manner. Shop Stewards are an integral part of the success of the Union.

CSU 52 Shop Stewards are provided with training and development opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills in relation to Collective Agreements, Labour Relations, Communications and Membership Engagement.

Anyone is eligible to become a Shop Steward as long as they are an Active CSU 52 member. It does not matter what level they work at. They can work part-time or full-time. It does not matter how little experience one may have, it is a position where you will learn in the role.

Shop Steward meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November, and Shop Stewards are encouraged to participate in a weekend training session in February that is hosted by the Edmonton & District Labour Council.


Shop Stewards generally represent between fifteen to 15-30 members. If there are less than 15 members in the department, section or work area, the Shop Steward will represent 100% of those members.

Shop Stewards are elected to represent an area for a two year term. Elections take place in November of odd years, and term commences January 1st. A nomination form is provided by the Union office in November, to be posted in the work area. Nominees, Nominators and Electors must be Active Members of CSU 52 and must work in the area for which the Shop Steward election is being held. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, an election will be held.

If an area is not represented by a Shop Steward, this vacancy may be filled mid-term in the same manner as a full term election. If a Mailout Representative is in place in the area with a vacancy, the Mailout Representative will be advised of the intention to elect a Shop Steward, as it is always preferable to have a Shop Steward in place in every area.

If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward, or have questions about the role, please apply by clicking here.


CSU 52 Shop Stewards are expected to attend the Union’s General and Shop Steward meetings and to keep their members informed as to Union functions and activities. They act as a liaison between the Union and the members to ensure information is disseminated in a timely manner. In return for providing these services, Shop Stewards are given opportunities for training and also receive an honorarium based on attendance at Union meetings. Shop Stewards are an integral part of the success of the Union.

Eligibility
Anyone is eligible to become a Shop Steward as long as they are a CSU 52 member. It does not matter what level they work at. They can work part-time or full-time. The staff member must have passed the probation period. It does not matter how little experience one may have, it is a position where you learn on the job.

Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in the Same Location
There can only be either a Shop Steward or a Mailout Representative in one work location. A Shop Steward has priority over a Mailout Representative.

Alternative Shop Steward or Mailout Representative
Current Shop Stewards and Mailout Representatives should always ask for an alternate contact person to distribute Union information if they are on vacation or away from their work area for longer than a few days. The alternate does not have to assume the full roles of the Shop Steward.

Election Procedures
Shop Stewards are elected in November and December of odd years. A nomination sheet is sent out in November to the current Shop Steward or Mailout Representative and has to be posted. If there is more than one nominee, there has to be an election. The position starts on January 1st.

Positions Left Vacant
If a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative resigns from the department/work location, transfers to another department, or resigns from their Union position, then anyone who is interested can apply for that position. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, there will be a vote or a staff member can temporarily take over as a Mailout Representative until the next official election. There should always be a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in every area of the Contractual Unit.

Honorarium (as of January 1, 2019)

  • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend 3 or more (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Meetings:
    Yearly flat rate of $375, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting attended OR
  • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend less than 3 (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Meetings:
    Yearly flat rate of $175, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting attended OR
  • Shop Steward status is less than a full calendar year (e.g. elected or resigned mid-year):
    $15 per active month, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting attended as a Shop Steward

Shop Steward Honorariums are limited to a maximum of five Shop Steward Training Meetings per year and do not include full-day training sessions. Cheques may be available as early as the December General Membership Meeting.

Honorariums are subject to approval/change at the October General Membership Meeting.


Click here to be redirected to the ‘Contact Us’ page. Lists of active Shop Stewards, by bargaining unit, are located at the bottom of the page.



General Membership Meetings are open to all CSU 52 Members. They provide an opportunity for CSU 52 to update members on the business of the Union and its bargaining units, as well as any special initiatives that are underway. It is also an opportunity for Active Members to bring questions and concerns to the floor. Meetings are generally 90 minutes in duration, dependent upon content and member involvement.

General Membership Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each January, and the 1st Tuesday of each April, June, October and December. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.

2019 Dates:

Tuesday, January 8
Tuesday, April 2
Tuesday, June 4 *At the CSU 52 Office, 10212 – 112 Street
Tuesday, October 1
Tuesday, December 3


Shop Steward Training Meetings are open to all Active Members of CSU 52 (non Shop Stewards must request permission from the Presiding Officer and/or Chief Shop Steward). Meeting topics are educational based, relating to union and labour relations matters. Meetings are intended to be interactive where possible, and will foster relationship building between Shop Stewards. If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward for your area, please complete this form or contact the CSU 52 office.

Shop Steward Training Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.

2019 Dates (subject to change):

Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, May 21
Tuesday, September 17
Tuesday, November 19


Board of Directors Meetings are open to Active Members to view, subject to confidential matters. If you wish to attend a Board Directors Meeting, please contact the CSU 52 Office.

Board of Directors Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of  January and the 2nd Tuesday thereafter of each month. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. at the CSU 52 Office (10212 – 112 Street).

NOTE: In 2019, the January Board Meeting will be held Thursday, January 3rd (due to the 1st Tuesday coinciding with a statutory holiday).