Local Officer Responsibilities

(Taken from OPSEU’s Constitution, Article 29.5.)

he President shall enforce compliance with Bylaws and regulations of the Union and Local; preside at Local meetings; be an ex-officio member of all Local committees; generally supervise the affairs and operations of the Local; carry out such other duties as may be prescribed by Local Bylaws.

The Vice-Presidents shall perform all the Presidential functions during any absence of the President and accept and exercise such other duties and powers as may be designated by the Local Executive Committee or the President. The Vice-President may also attend all functions (including all regional meetings and Conventions) of the Union, in place of the President when the President cannot attend.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for proper administration of the assets of the Local, including the operating funds.

The Secretary shall…forward all pertinent membership information to the appropriate union regional office. In Local 561, the Membership Secretary also organizes the signing and orientation of new members and maintains membership information.

The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Local and keep Minutes; distribute notices to all members of the Local, as required; answer and/or forward all pertinent correspondence. In Local 561, the Recording Secretary also assists with maintaining records and notes from grievances and other local business.

The Chief Steward shall…coordinate and assist the Shop Stewards. In Local 561, the Chief Steward assists local stewards with filing and presenting grievances for members within their work group, administers grievance timelines, receives grievance responses from the college, and coordinates the scheduling and preparation of local grievances for arbitration.

Only members who are NOT stewards can run for Trustee positions. The Trustees shall examine all books, records, and properties of their Local, including any Unit thereof, at least twice each year. All Officers of the Local are required to make available all necessary documents to the Trustees on reasonable notice. The Trustees shall file an audit report, in a form specified by Headquarters, to Headquarters at least once in every six months and shall also make a full report to the first general membership meeting following each audit.