Elected delegates will find the answers to most of their questions by reading the Delegate Information Package, which will be mailed to delegates starting in mid-September.
Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about
Convention. If you have any other question that isn’t answered below, contact the MGEU Resource Centre.
How do I become a Convention delegate?
You need to be nominated by a fellow member at your Local meeting which will be held sometime between April and June of 2021. Members present at the meeting will 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 Convention.
If you want to participate in your virtual Local election meetings and Convention, you must ensure the MGEU has your valid personal email address at least 16 days in advance of your Local meeting. You can update your information here or contact the MGEU Resource Centre.
The deadline for electing delegates and alternates is June 30th.
What should I expect as a delegate for MGEU's first virtual Convention?
As virtual delegate orientation will be held on October 7, 2021. This orientation will help delegates participate
in debate by explaining some of the rules of order and other basic
Convention procedures including how electronic voting will work. It's also a good idea to review the Delegate Guide to Convention 2021, which will be available here later this spring.
Does the MGEU cover my time away from work?
Yes. All you have to do is complete the Delegate Registration Information form contained in the information package that will be sent to you, indicating the dates and times you are scheduled to work. A time off letter will then be 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.
What do I do if I’m no longer able to attend?
Please contact the MGEU’s Resource Centre as soon as you know you will be unable to attend. With enough notice (early September), we may be able to fill your spot with an alternate. Delegate registrations will be closed on September 22, 2021, four weeks prior to the commencement of Convention in order to allow enough time for distribution of delegate credentials and information packages. 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.