Committees

The Agriculture Union may structure either standing (permanent) or temporary committees to carry out our union ‘s business or advance the interests of our members. National Vice-Presidents are assigned to chair Standing Committees, which, despite their titles, can and do deal with other important issues. At this point in time, there are four Agriculture Union Standing Committees established by the National Executive in operation:

  • Bylaws and Education
  • Collective Bargaining and Health and Safety;
  • Finance and Communications;
  • General; and
  • Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund Committee.

Our Human Rights Committee is mandated by the National Council.

Current Committees are listed below. Information can be accessed by clicking on the specific Committee name:

Bylaws and Education

Mandate: The Standing Committee on Bylaws and Education is tasked with ensuring that our Union ‘s Bylaws – our operating principles and practices – are carried out and updated as required. Education and training within the Agriculture Union also fall within this Committee’s jurisdiction. Current Committee members are: Chair:

  • Rick Cormier

Members:

  • Eryn Butterfield
  • Sarah Leonard
  • Randy Olynyk

Collective Bargaining and Health and Safety

Mandate: The Standing Committee on Collective Bargaining and Health and Safety deals with all aspects of the negotiations process within the authority of the Agriculture Union. The Committee is also responsible for health and safety, another high-profile issue for our membership. Current Committee members are: Chair:

  • Milton Dyck

Members:

  • Mariette Beaudet
  • Jacquelin Carrier
  • Rob MacDonald
  • Pat St-Georges

Finance and Communications

Mandate: The Standing Committee on Finance and Communications is the watch-guard over the expenditures of our Union. It ensures the budget is respected and that members’ dues money is spent wisely. Internal and external communications are also within this Committee’s mandate. Current Committee members are: Chair:

  • Fabian Murphy

Members:

  • Don Bouchard
  • Teri Friday
  • Karen Zoller

General

Mandate: As its name would suggest, the General Standing Committee covers all matters not dealt with by the other three Standing Committees. In addition, it is responsible for questions dealing with Human Rights. Current Committee members are: Chair:

  • Barb Kristjansson

Members:

  • Dean Babuin
  • Sherry Hunt
  • Marlene O’Neil

Human Rights

The Agriculture Union Human Rights Committee is mandated to promote awareness of equity and human rights issues by providing resources, information and educational opportunities for all members.

Learn more about the Agriculture Union Human Rights Committee

Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund Committee

The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund is governed by the National Executive and is fully transparent. A special Committee administers the AUSJF and approves specific projects and programs proposed by Agriculture Union members within the parameters approved by the Executive.

Learn more about the Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund Committee