CanROC Referendum

Every November Canadian members can vote in the referendum for the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee of the IWW. Motions are made available before the referendum in the third quarterly issue of the Canadian Organizing Bulletin which is distributed through the mailing list.

You can nominate yourself or fellow workers for any of the officer positions until October 31 (see here for what these positions entail). All candidates for a CanROC officer post must have been in continuous good standing for at least one year before their nomination, unless there are no other qualified candidates standing. The CanROC officers serve a term of 1 year beginning on January 1. Officer nominations should be sent to rs.canroc@gmail.com and canada@lists.iww.org

For background, here are the relevant articles from our Constitution:

Article II – Officers

Nomination and election procedure for ROC officers

In July of each year, the ROC shall publish a notice in its internal bulletin calling for nominations. Nominations may be made by any member in good standing, affiliated with the ROC. All candidates for a ROC officer post must have been in continuous good standing for at least one year before their nomination, unless there are no other qualified candidates standing. The election shall take place in November of each year.

Article V – Constitutional Amendments

Requirements: This constitution may only be amended in the annual referendum. All members affiliated with the ROC in good standing two months prior to the mailout of the ballots are eligible to vote. The amendments shall be passed by a simple majority of the ballots cast.

Voting: The amendments shall be passed by a simple majority of the ballots cast.

Proposals: Proposals shall be submitted to the ROC and internal bulletin by August 1st. Proposals may originate from a chartered branch or from a petition signed by ten (10) percent of the ROC’s members in good standing on June 1st of that year.

Officer Responsibilities (from the CanROC Constitution)

Regional Treasurer (RT) 

Election The Regional Treasurer shall be elected by annual referendum of IWW members in good standing, affiliated with the ROC. The RT will have speaking rights, but no vote during a ROC meeting. The RT can bring motions forward during a ROC meeting. 

Duties The Regional Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial matters of the ROC, including the creation of an annual budget and the management of the ROC bank account. The Regional Treasurer will also make sure that CanROC expenses are paid. The Regional Treasurer will also carry out dues remittance from the CANROC to the North American Regional Administration. The Regional Treasurer will also write quarterly reports regarding ROC finances for the COB, which will include, all relevant financial details to allow the membership to assert meaningful accountability over financial matters. 

Regional Secretary (RS) 

Election The Regional Secretary will be elected by annual referendum of the members in good standing in the IWW, affiliated to the ROC. The RS will have speaking rights but no vote during ROC meetings. Except a tied vote in a ROC meeting, in which case the RS will have the deciding vote. The RS can bring motions forward during a ROC meeting. 

Duties In collaboration with the RT, the RS will be responsible for the production and the delivery of the referendum ballots, the verification of the delegates reports from constituent entities, the management of databases, the writing and consignment ROC meetings’ minutes as well as the production and distribution of material for the delegates from constituent entities. 

Regional Organizing Department Liaison (RODL) 

Election The Regional Organizing Department Liaison shall be elected by annual referendum of IWW members in good standing, affiliated with the ROC. The RODL will have speaking rights but no vote during ROC meetings. The RODL can bring motions forward during a ROC meeting. 

Duties The Regional Organizing Department Liaison shall be responsible for reporting to the Organizing Department Board and branch organizing department liaisons on a monthly basis. Secondarily, this officer will be responsible for convening ROC meetings via teleconference (or in person, if possible) and shall furnish delegates with a draft agenda no less than seven (7) days beforehand and compile any notes. notes requested by the branch representatives. The RODL shall facilitate ROC meetings 

Editor of the Canadian Organizing Bulletin (COB)

Election The COB Editor shall be elected by annual referendum of IWW members in good standing, paying dues to the ROC. This officer The COB Editor has voice but no vote in ROC meetings. The COB Editor can bring motions forward during a ROC meeting. Duties The COB Editor shall be responsible for compiling a quarterly internal bulletin. The COB Editor shall send an electronic copy of the internal bulletin to all individual members and branches of the ROC. The branches shall be responsible for distributing paper copies to their members and the COB Editor shall be responsible for mailing the bulletin to individuals who request a paper copy, to be reimbursed by the ROC for printing and postage.