||Does the U.T.E. Local support the new KELSO committee?
Yes, UTE Local 20003 and its executive, fully support the endevours of
the newly formed KELSO Committee (Kelowna Social Committee). KELSO is
for the benefit of all employees working at the Kelowna office.
Congratulations to KELSO for their first successful event (Chili Day),
where enough money was raised to put the deposit on their D.J. for the
Christmas party. The Christmas Party is being planned for December 8th.
For more information on the Kelowna Social Club (KELSO), contact
Heather Held, Evie Cumming or Heather Reiter.
was the Kelowna local formed? The Kelowna local was formed by the
membership in accordance with Regulation No. 2 of the Union of Taxation
Employees. The growth of the Southern Interior Tax Services office has
resulted in a large number of U.T.E. members working out of the Kelowna
location. It is a natural progression for new locals to be formed when
the membership is large enough to sustain itself and when a location is
at a distance from the local.
How were our local bylaws formed?
All U.T.E. locals have their own set of bylaws. The bylaws from the
Kelowna local mirror many of the bylaws of U.T.E. locals yet have been
tailored to suit the needs of the membership in Kelowna. Once a draft
set of bylaw was created, it went out to the interim executive and the
members for input. Once input had been received, the bylaws were
forwarded to U.T.E. National office for review. The final version was
presented at our Annual General Meeting on December 14, 2005. These
bylaws are a foundation for which the local conducts it's business
including elections, meetings and duties of the executive. It can be
chaned only at a Special General Meeting or Annual General meeting by
Will my dues go up now that we have our own local?
This is a good question. We have a local of 72 members. Current dues
are $4.00 per member per month. The local executive has made a
committment to the members to be fiscally responsible and ahdere to the
budget that was presented at the A.G.M. Should there be an over
expenditure, then the local Executive is accountable to the membership
to explain why. If your dues need to go up as a result in an
unavoidable increase in operating costs, this will be addressed at an
Annual General Meeting or Special General meeting and will need to be
voted on by the memberhsip.
Why should I get involved in this new Local?
This new local is nothing without the members it represents. Getting
involved doesn't only mean that one has to be a member of the
executive. All members are invited to attend the executive meetings.
All members are encouraged to participate in training. All members are
expected to bring their issues and concerns to the local executive so
that they can be addressed. Although we don't have a magic wand to make
everything work 100% of the time, we need to have an active, aware, and
educated membership in order to be a successful local.