Elected delegates will find the answers to most of their questions in the Special Convention Delegate Booklet.
Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about
Special Convention. If you have any other question that isn’t answered here, please contact the MGEU Resource Centre.
As a delegate, what should I expect at MGEU Special Convention 2022?
Special Convention 2022 is a hybrid event (with some
delegates attending online and others in-person), which means it will be a little different than any Convention
the MGEU has hosted before. That is why all delegates are required to attend the delegate orientation session on June 9,
2022 at 7pm. This orientation will help delegates participate in debate by explaining the rules of order and other Special Convention procedures, including voting.
How do delegates receive their login/voting information for Special Convention?
All delegates (both online and in-person) will be voting electronically using their own computer/device at Special Convention. Data On the Spot (DOTS) will email each delegate their voting credentials, which includes a link to the secure voting page as well as your unique Voter ID and Password needed to vote. Do not share this information with anyone else.
If you didn’t receive a message from DOTS, please review your junk/spam folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once received, delegates should follow the instructions to test their credentials before June 6, 2022.
In addition to the voting link and credentials, online delegates will also receive a link to join the meeting on Zoom and will be using two different browser tabs (or if preferred, two different devices): one to watch/engage in discussion at Convention; and another to vote.
How do delegates access technical support, if needed?
If you are experiencing technical difficulties as a delegate logging-in before Special Convention, please email Data On the Spot (DOTS) at MGEUsupport@dataonthespot.com or call 1-833-368-7111. Online delegates can also contact DOTS during Special Convention for technical assistance. For in-person delegates, technicians will be available in the Convention Hall to assist with any technical issues you may have with voting.
Can non-delegates watch the Special Convention?
Yes. Special Convention Proceedings on June 10 and 11, 2022 (starting at 9am both days) will be live-streamed publicly on the Special Convention home page: www.mgeu.ca/convention
What do I do if I’m no longer able to attend as a delegate?
Please contact the MGEU Resource Centre as soon as possible to advise that you are unable to attend. If you fail to notify the MGEU of your absence, you may be responsible for covering some expenses, and your time-off request from work will not be honoured.
How do members become a Convention delegate?
Delegates attending the
MGEU's Special Convention this June 9-11, 2022 were elected last spring between
April and June. Should you wish to become a delegate for the next Convention,
you must be nominated by a fellow member at your Local meeting. These Local
meetings are usually held about six months in advance of Convention. Local
Members present at the meeting vote to decide who is elected. The number of
delegates elected by your Local is determined by the Local’s size. For example,
a Local of 150 members or less is entitled to send one delegate to
Are accommodations available for out-of-town delegates?
Accommodations will be available for anyone living outside Winnipeg (120 km round trip). A block of rooms will be reserved at the Victoria Inn. The MGEU will arrange to pay basic room charges (with taxes) and parking for one vehicle. You can indicate your accommodation needs on the Delegate Registration Information form, also included in the mailing. All other hotel charges will be your responsibility and must be paid for when checking out.
What if I’m an out-of-town delegate, but won’t be staying at the hotel?
Members who do not wish to stay at the hotel can claim mileage and parking on a member expense form.
Does the MGEU cover my time away from work?
Yes, as long you completed the Delegate Registration Information form contained in the information package sent to you, indicating the dates and times you are scheduled to work. If so, a time off letter was sent to you with a copy, which must be presented to your immediate supervisor.
Are child care costs covered by the Union?
As per MGEU policy, delegates can be reimbursed for child/elder care expenses while attending union-related business. Claimants are required to fill out and submit the Childcare/Eldercare Expense Form. Those who are able to find other means of care (i.e. family or friends) are encouraged to do so.