As GSU's board of directors, the JEC would have held its 2020 annual meeting in conjunction with the union's biennial policy convention that had been scheduled for March 19 to 21. When the biennial policy convention was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health warnings, it became necessary to convene the JEC by conference call to conduct GSU's administrative and financial business.
The JEC meeting approved cancellation of GSU's 2020 policy convention and provisionally amended the union's constitution to allow for a policy convention within the first five months of 2021 and every two years thereafter. The meeting also approved provisional constitutional amendments to extend the terms of office of GSU's president, vice-presidents and general secretary until elections are held at the 2021 policy convention. Members of the board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund were also re-elected until the 2021 policy convention.
The JEC received a report from the general secretary on union administration, finances, and GSU's 2019 audited financial statements. The reports and 2019 audited financial statements were approved along with the draft 2019/2020 annual report to members. The annual report and 2019 audited financial statements will be published on GSU's web site in the coming weeks.
In addition to administrative and policy business, the April 3 JEC meeting directed that GSU make a substantial charitable donation on behalf of all members to be distributed as widely as possible to community organizations who are being called upon to do extra duty in support of the poor and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The JEC acknowledged the heroic efforts of frontline workers in health care, elder care, public service, and in all of the services being maintained to keep us healthy and whole. Council members also expressed their appreciation for all of the GSU members who are working to keep their part of the system running.
The JEC will meet again as required, but no later than its semi-annual meeting in the autumn. Hopefully the next meeting will be in person.
Learn more about the Joint Executive Council and your council members at gsu.ca.