Governance of the BCTF
Our governance chart gives a visual overview. The following governing structure is excerpted from the Members' Guide to the BCTF.
Members of the BCTF ultimately determine the decisions and directions of the BCTF in two very important ways:
- Members through locals elect delegates to the BCTF Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM makes key decisions for the organization and elects the Executive Committee.
- Members through locals elect local representatives which make up the Representative Assembly (RA). The RA has key decision making responsibilities.
Locals are responsible for acting on behalf of members regarding local matters. Members in locals elect their local president and executive which guide the affairs of the local.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting is comprised of delegates and local representatives elected by members through locals and the eleven members of the Executive Committee. There are approximately 670 voting delegates at an Annual General Meeting. The AGM elects the Executive Committee, determines the fee, approves any changes to the by-laws, establishes priorities for the next year and makes the significant policy decisions of the Federation.
Constitution and By-laws
The Constitution and By-laws establish the rules by which the organization is run. The by-laws establish the division of responsibilities among the major decision making bodies and spell out what each level of decision making is authorized to do. The by-laws of the BCTF have to be followed by all bodies of the organization, including the AGM. Only the AGM can amend the by-laws, and only then with a 75% majority of delegates voting in favour.
The Representative Assembly meets three times a year and has the specific responsibilities of approving a budget and electing the Judicial Council and Committee of Ombudspersons. The RA also makes policy and procedure decisions for the Federation.
The Executive Committee (EC) of the BCTF is elected by the AGM and consists of eleven members. Three of them serve in a full-time capacity: the President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President. The EC has overall responsibility for the running of the Federation. It meets monthly with additional meetings as necessary. The EC is the employer of BCTF staff and determines what work will be done in any given year. The EC also has responsibility for the creation and appointment of any advisory committees or task forces.
The President of the Federation has responsibility for overall supervision of the affairs of the organization in between meetings of the Executive Committee.