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Supplementary Report #2

Supplementary Report #2

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Supplementary Report #2
Report to the AGM on a one-member, one-vote systemfor EC elections
referral from the 2012 Spring RA
1. Background
 The 2012 Spring Representative Assembly carried the following:“That the following motion be referred to the Executive Committee for further discussion witha report and recommendations to the 2013 AGM: That the BCTF investigate the feasibility of moving to a one-member, one-vote system for allexecutive positions and that this investigation include, but not be restricted to, the pros andcons of various one-member, one-vote systems used to elect executive members of otherunions. This investigation would include a non-binding referendum of members, and wouldreport back to the 2012 fall Representative Assembly.”Similar local resolutions on this topic had been submitted to this meeting of theRepresentative Assembly by the Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association, Coquitlam Teachers’ Association, and Prince George District Teachers’ Association.Subsequently, the June 7–9, 2012 Executive Committee meeting passed the following motion:“That the following be referred to staff with a report and recommendations back to a futureExecutive Committee meeting: That the following motion be referred to the Executive Committee for further discussion witha report and recommendations to the 2013 AGM: That the BCTF investigate the feasibility of moving to a one-member, one-vote system for allexecutive positions and that this investigation include, but not be restricted to, the pros andcons of various one-member, one-vote systems used to elect executive members of otherunions.”Previously, the following resolutions had been submitted to the 2012 Annual GeneralMeeting, but were not dealt with and were among the unfinished items of business referred tothe RA at the end of the meeting:“Resolution 102—Cowichan District Teachers’ Association That the BCTF investigate the use of online voting for Executive Committee elections and forselect AGM motions, with a report back to the 2013 AGM on its potential impact andimplementation.”
CCD13-0045
 
2“Resolution 104—Comox District Teachers’ Association That the BCTF investigate the use of online voting, accessible by all BCTF members, forExecutive elections and for select AGM motions with a report to the 2012 Fall RepresentativeAssembly on its potential impact and implementation.” These resolutions, among many other AGM referrals to the RA, were carried forward throughthe Spring 2012, Fall 2012, and Winter 2013 meetings of the Representative Assembly, butwere not dealt with by the assembly.
2. History of the election of BCTF Executive Committee and related governance decisions
 The BCTF Annual General Meeting has always been a delegated meeting based onproportional representation and has always had as a duty the election of Executive Committeemembers. The original formula for determining the representation at the AGM was 1 delegatefor every 10 members in a local. Persons who did not belong to a local could still berepresented in that 10 people in this category could join together and receive 1 vote. Localsfunded the attendance of their delegates prior to 1983 when the Annual General Meetingdetermined that the cost of the attendance of all delegates to the AGM would be funded fromgeneral Federation funds. The composition of the Executive Committee, and designated roles, has changed somewhatover the history of the organization; some examples of the Executive Committee positions andelection formats in the earlier history of the BCTF are listed below.
 
 The 1919 BCTF constitution named the officers of the Federation as the president, twovice-presidents, the junior past-president, a recording secretary, a corresponding secretary,and a treasurer, all of whom were elected at the Annual General Meeting.
 
 The 1920 BCTF constitution deemed that the Executive Committee was made up of theofficers of the Federation (president, vice-president, junior past-president, and secretary-treasurer), geographical representatives, and three additional members elected by theofficers and geographical representatives. The president was elected at the AGM; the vice-president and secretary-treasurer were elected by the new executive from amongst theirnumber, and the geographical representatives were elected at the AGM by the delegatesfrom each region.
 
From the 1920s to 1965 the BCTF Executive Committee consisted of 5 table officerselected at large by the local delegates to the Annual General Meeting plus representativesfrom 16 geographical regions. The policy was to allow 1 geographic representative forevery 500 members within a district. In 1958, the general secretary of the day, C. D.Ovans, contacted other provincial teacher organizations to determine other ways toorganize the Executive Committee as it was considered too large and unwieldy, havinggrown to 25 members.
 
 The 1965 AGM changed the composition of the Executive Committee to what existstoday.
Governance reviews
 The Federation has undertaken a number of significant examinations of its governance andstructures using the committee or task force model to conduct the reviews and including in thework the examination of the Executive Committee structures and election procedures.
 
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Organization Committee, 1964–65
 The 1964 AGM instructed the Executive Committee to set up an ad hoc committee onreorganization. The Executive Committee drafted the terms of reference keeping in mind threebasic principles:
 
 To provide the greatest possible efficiency in handling the affairs of the Federation whileat the same time retaining that broad base of interest and participation in the affairs of theFederation by the membership as a whole which has characterized the BCTF.
 
 To ensure that each of the bodies created has an important and vital function to play in thegoverning of the Federation.
 
 To remember that the Federation belongs to the members and that its organizationalstructure should reflect their wishes. The committee recommended that:
 
 The table officers be the president, first vice-president, second vice-president, and pastpresident.
carried by the 1965 AGM
 
 
 The Executive Committee consist of four table officers, elected for one-year terms, andseven members-at-large, elected for two-year terms (representing the province as awhole).
carried by the 1965 AGM
 
 
 The establishment of the Representative Assembly as a two-way system ocommunication between the Executive Committee and the membership and designing apercentage based formula for representation for both the RA and AGM.
carried by the1965 AGM
 
 
Establishing a percentage based formula for the Annual General Meeting.
carried by the1965 AGM
 
 Task Force on Reorganization, 1972–74
A Task Force on Reorganization was established by the Executive Committee in the fall of 1972 and a report was delivered to the 1974 AGM. The task force terms of reference aresummarized as:
 
 To examine and assess the effectiveness of the organizational structures and proceduresthe BCTF has adopted in pursuing its goals.
 
 To analyze and assess how well the BCTF’s organizational forms and procedures elicitboth democratic participation and control on the part of the members.
 
 To prepare for consideration of the membership recommendations for change wherechange is deemed appropriate.Among the many aspects of Federation operations considered by the task force were theresponsibilities of the Executive Committee and the election of members to this body. Thetask force recommended that:
 
 The Executive Committee continue with the same powers and responsibilities.
 
 The president, first vice-president, second vice-president, and members-at-large continueto be elected at the AGM.
Commission on Governance of the BCTF, 1985–86
In the spring of 1984 the Executive Committee established a commission to examinegovernance of the Federation under the following terms of reference:
 
 To examine the existing structures and policies of the BCTF in order to determine theirrelevance and their capability of influencing education policy, teachers’ salaries, andworking/learning conditions in the current structure of the education system.

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