Proposing Constitutional Amendments & Resolutions

HEU is governed by the HEU Constitution and By-Laws, and informed by general union policies. HEU members have the ability to democratically guide the actions of the union by voting on "constitutional amendments" and "resolutions" at convention. Constitutional amendments affect changes in the Constitution and By-Laws. Resolutions address general union policy.

Any HEU local can submit constitutional amendments and resolutions. They must be adopted by majority vote at a local meeting with quorum (includes virtual meetings) and be signed by the Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer, or designate. They will not be accepted if they do not have two signatures.

Proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions must be received at the Provincial Office no later than Tuesday July 19, 2022 at 5 p.m. Late constitutional amendments and resolutions can only be accepted where there is documented proof, such as post stamp or courier waybill, that they were sent prior to the deadline.

You may send the form by fax (604-739-1510), email (convention@heu.org), or mail (5000 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC  V5J 5M3). Please use a separate form for each constitutional amendment and resolution you submit.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

  • Constitutional amendments change the language of the HEU Constitution and By-Laws, the rules that govern our union.
  • Carefully review the sections in the HEU Constitution and By-Laws that you want to change.
  • On the form, specify the exact language you want adopted. If adopted by convention, this language will appear in the revised HEU Constitution and By-Laws following convention.
  • On the form, also clearly state why the local membership wants this change.
  • Do not combine different concepts or changes to different constitutional provisions in one motion.

Proposed Resolutions

  • Resolutions address general union policy and matters that don’t require changes to the HEU Constitution and By-Laws. These are primarily recorded in the Policy and Procedure Manual.
  • Examples are a change to current union policy, positions the union should take on government actions, support for other unions or international solidarity groups or desired changes to legislation.
  • It is recommended to look at the most updated copy of the Policy and Procedure Manual to determine how the motion will change existing language, reaffirm existing language, or to create new language.
  • Every proposed resolution should clearly state what you want and why.