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ARTICLE 2 -­ MEMBERSHIP

 

2.01     Approval of Membership

(a)   A group of individuals may apply, in writing, to the Executive Council for membership in the Association.

(b)   The Executive Council, in its discretion, may grant or refuse membership or terminate the membership of a Member as it deems appropriate in the circumstances, subject to the provisions of the Bylaws.

(c)   When exercising its discretion as described in subsection 2.01(b), the Executive Council shall consider, among other things it deems appropriate, the following principles:

(i)   An individual who is permanently employed in an out-of-scope capacity with an Employer is not eligible to be a Member.

(ii)   A Member employed in a temporary out-of-scope capacity with an Employer shall cease to be a Member on the 366th day after commencing employment in that temporary out-of-scope capacity unless the Association and the Employer mutually agree otherwise.

(iii)   If an individual to whom the provisions of paragraph 2.01(c)(ii) apply ceases to be employed by an Employer in an out-of-scope capacity and returns to employment with an Employer in an in-scope capacity, the Executive Council is entitled to re-instate that individual as a Member.

(d)   The Executive Council shall classify, and later may re-classify, if necessary, any Member as one of the following types in accordance with the criteria set out in sections 2.02 and 2.03:

(i)   Active; or

(ii)   Inactive.

2.02     Active Members

(a)   An Active Member is an individual who is part of a Bargaining Unit and:

(i)   is employed in a health sciences profession or an occupation providing health care in the Province of Saskatchewan;

(ii)   previously met the criteria described in paragraph 2.02(a)(i) but is on a leave of absence approved by her Employer, including, but not limited to:

(A)   maternity leave;

(B)   paternity leave; or

(C)   disability leave;

(iii)   previously met the criteria described in paragraph 2.02(a)(i) but is on lay-off or recall from her Employer up to the longest period of recall rights provided by the Collective Agreement;

(iv)   previously met the criteria described in paragraph 2.02(a)(i) but has been dismissed from her employment with an Employer and is represented by the Association in a grievance or arbitration procedure related to that dismissal, until the dispute has been resolved; or

(v)   previously met the criteria described in paragraph 2.02(a)(i) but the leave requirements to fulfill her term of office in an elected position in the Association and the application of the provisions of a Collective Agreement have led to the termination of her employment.

(b)   Except as provided in subsections 3.04(e) to 3.04(g), inclusive, an Active Member is entitled to:

(i)   be nominated as a Delegate and, if elected, become a Delegate;

(ii)  nominate an Active Member as a Delegate;

(iii) be nominated as a member of the Executive Council and, if elected, become a member of the Executive Council;

(iv)   nominate an Active Member as a member of the Executive Council;

(v)   vote; and

(vi)   attend any Association Meeting and do so at her own expense unless her expenses are reimbursable under the approved expense guidelines referred to in section 16.08.

2.03     Inactive Members

(a)   The Executive Council, in its discretion, is entitled to re-classify an Active Member as an Inactive Member if that individual:

(i)   although still a Member, no longer meets any of the criteria set out in subsection 2.02(a); or

(ii)   becomes temporarily employed in an out-of-scope capacity with an Employer and remains so employed for up to and including three hundred and sixty-five (365) days.

(b)   If a Member whom the Executive Council has already re-classified as an Inactive Member, pursuant to paragraph 2.03(a)(ii), ceases to be employed with an Employer in an out-of-scope capacity and returns to work with an Employer in an in-scope capacity, the Executive Council is entitled to re-classify that Member as an Active Member.

(c)   An Inactive Member is entitled to attend any Association Meeting at her own expense.

(d)   An Inactive Member is not entitled to:

(i)   be nominated as, or be, a Delegate;

(ii)   nominate an Active Member as a Delegate;

(iii)   be nominated as a member of the Executive Council or be a member of the Executive Council;

(iv)   nominate an Active Member as a member of the Executive Council; or

(v)   vote.

2.04     Honourary Members

(a)   The Executive Council, in its discretion, is entitled to confer the designation of Honourary Member on an individual who is not a Member when that individual has rendered outstanding service to the Association.

(b)   An Honourary Member is entitled to attend any Association Meeting at her own expense.

(c)   An Honourary Member is not entitled to:

(i)   be nominated as, or be, a Delegate;

(ii)   nominate an Active Member as a Delegate;

(iii)   be nominated as a member of the Executive Council or be a member of the Executive Council;

(iv)   nominate an Active Member as a member of the Executive Council;

(v)   vote; or

(vi)  share in the distribution of the remaining property on the liquidation and dissolution of the Association.

2.05     Members’ Duties and Obligations

All Members of the Association must:

(a)   recognize, observe, and follow the Constitution and Bylaws;

(b)   recognize and respect the right of the Association to adopt and enforce reasonable rules as to the responsibility of every Member towards the Association; and

(c)   accept the disciplinary decisions and any resulting penalties that the Association administers in accordance with article 13.

 2.06     Initiation Fees, Membership Dues, and Assessments

The Executive Council shall determine from time to time the policy relating to initiation fees for admittance of Members, membership dues, and any assessments.


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