Constitution – The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union

Writing a constitution demands a lot of thought. Our
Constitution defines the fundamental law that governs the rights
and duties of the National Union and its Officers, of its local
unions and their officers. Our Constitution states our aims and
objectives and outlines our decision-making structures.

It is not easy to amend a constitution once it is approved. This
body of stable rules and powers outlines the procedures for making
changes to the Constitution itself.

A consultation process was launched to draft our Constitution.
Suggestions were made, and a task force was struck by the Executive
to review them and report to the Convention which approved our
Constitution.

Our approved Canadian Constitution is different because it
includes a national vision. Important powers are given to local
unions and councils. We believe that our Constitution is close to
our Canadian reality.