r-20, r. 4.1 - Regulation respecting the election of a representative association by employees of the construction industry

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chapter R-20, r. 4.1
Regulation respecting the election of a representative association by employees of the construction industry
LABOUR RELATIONS — CONSTRUCTION — REPRESENTATIVE ASSOCIATION
Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry
(chapter R-20, ss. 32, 35.2 and 35.3).
R-20
September 1 2012
DIVISION I
PURPOSE
1. The purpose of this Regulation is to determine the terms and conditions for the secret ballot held pursuant to section 32 of the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry (chapter R-20). It also provides rules governing the election of a representative association pursuant to sections 27, 35.2 and 35.3 of the Act.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 1.
DIVISION II
SECRET BALLOT
§ 1.  — Presiding officer, returning officer and polling officers
2. In accordance with section 32 of the Act, a presiding officer is designated by the Commission de la construction du Québec to supervise the poll.
Within the scope of his or her functions, the presiding officer may require from the returning officer any information deemed useful by the presiding officer. The presiding officer reports to the Commission any situation which in the presiding officer’s opinion jeopardizes the proper conduct of the poll.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 2.
3. The returning officer’s function is to see to the proper conduct of the poll. In particular, the returning officer takes the following measures that are necessary to
(1)  establish the postal polling station and make its address known;
(2)  facilitate the exercise of the employees’ right to vote;
(3)  ensure the secrecy of the vote;
(4)  maintain order while the votes are being counted, including by excluding any person who is not authorized to be present or hampers the conduct of the counting;
(5)  ensure that the relevant information is entered in any report that must be kept under this Regulation.
In this Division, “employee” means an employee entered on the list provided for in section 30 of the Act.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 3.
4. The Chair of the Commission provides the returning officer with the personnel necessary for the poll, including the deputy returning officers, secretaries and keepers of the ballot report.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 4.
5. The deputy returning officers’ function is, under the authority of the returning officer, to proceed with the counting of the votes, with the assistance of secretaries and keepers of the ballot report in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 5.
6. The presiding officer, the returning officer and the personnel provided to assist the returning officer must sign the undertaking form in Schedule I.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 6.
§ 2.  — Operations prior to the poll
7. Any agreement entered into by the Commission and a third person for the poll must provide for measures necessary to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the poll.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 7.
8. Before the 12th month that precedes the date of expiry of a collective agreement, the Commission sends each employee a document identifying the employee as a voter for the poll and an informative document indicating the dates of the poll and the terms and conditions governing the poll.
Within the same time, the Commission sends the associations a copy of the informative document sent to the employees.
In this Regulation, unless otherwise indicated by the context, “association” means an association referred to in section 29 of the Act.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 8; O.C. 215-2016, s. 1.
9. Before the poll begins, the Commission sends each employee his or her ballot paper, a return envelope and an informative document that gives the voting instructions.
The return envelope must be prepaid. It must be opaque and not allow the identification of the employee.
The informative document must specify in particular
(1)  the date on which the poll begins and the closing date for receiving ballot papers;
(2)  the cases in which a new ballot paper may be provided and the conditions for obtaining a new ballot paper, provided for in section 11;
(3)  the obligation to attach to the ballot paper a photocopy of one of the identification documents provided for in section 14;
(4)  the cases in which a ballot paper may be rejected and the consequences of a rejection.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 9.
10. The ballot paper must indicate
(1)  the names of the associations, in alphabetical order;
(2)  the employee’s name;
(3)  the identification code that confidentially links the ballot paper to the employee.
The ballot paper may appear on the informative document provided for in the first paragraph of section 9.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 10.
§ 3.  — Standards for the ballot paper and its replacement
11. An employee who has not received the ballot paper on the third day following the date on which the poll begins or who has inadvertently marked, spoiled or lost the ballot paper may request a new ballot paper.
The employee must request it between the third day and the tenth day following the date on which the poll begins.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 11; O.C. 215-2016, s. 2.
12. Every transmission of a new ballot paper under section 11 must be recorded in a report. The following information must be recorded in the report:
(1)  the employee’s name;
(2)  the date and nature of the employee’s request;
(3)  the date on which the new ballot paper is transmitted.
Such transmission entails the cancellation of the replaced ballot paper and an indication of the cancellation must be recorded in the report.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 12.
§ 4.  — Vote
13. The employee marks his or her election on the ballot paper in the box corresponding to the association chosen and signs the ballot paper at the place intended for signing.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 13.
14. The employee inserts the ballot paper in the return envelope, as well as the photocopy of a valid document that identifies the employee.
Documents that may be used for that purpose are any identification document issued by the Gouvernement du Québec, one of its departments or agencies, and including the employee’s name, photograph and signature. The Canadian passport may also be used, another document recognized by government regulation made under section 337 of the Election Act (chapter E-3.3) or, if the employee is not a resident of Québec, an identification document including the employee’s name, photograph and signature, issued by the government of a province or territory of Canada or by an agency of such government.
The photocopy of the document must be clearly legible and the employee’s photograph and signature must be clear as well.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 14; O.C. 215-2016, s. 3.
15. The employee sends the return envelope to the Commission by mail. The employee must ensure that his or her ballot paper is received at the polling station before the counting of the votes.
The use of a return envelope other than the one sent by the Commission does not entail rejection of the vote, provided that the envelope is also opaque and does not allow the identification of the employee.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 15; O.C. 215-2016, s. 4.
§ 5.  — Reception of votes
16. Reception of every return envelope within the allotted time is recorded in a report. Each return envelope is then deposited in a container, which is sealed after the deposit. A sealed container must be kept in a secured room until the counting of the votes.
Any activity provided for in the first paragraph is carried out at all times in the presence of at least 2 polling officers. The foregoing also applies to the transportation of a container to the secured room or to the place where the votes will be counted.
“Secured room” means a room that is only accessible to the presiding officer, returning officer and polling officers. Those persons may not have access to the secured room unless they are accompanied by another authorized person.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 16.
17. Every container used to store the return envelopes must be kept sealed until the counting of the votes.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 17.
18. The late reception of any return envelope is also recorded in a report, so that the indication provided for in the second paragraph of section 33 may appear in the notice sent to employees for the purpose of confirming their elected union allegiance.
Subject to the right provided for in section 34, an employee whose ballot is received late is deemed not to have voted.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 18.
§ 6.  — Counting of votes
19. The counting of the votes begins on the business day that follows the end of the voting period, at the place determined by the returning officer.
The returning officer informs each of the associations of the place of the counting at least 5 business days before the counting of the votes.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 19; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP); O.C. 215-2016, s. 5.
20. Each of the associations may attend the counting of the votes by delegating an authorized representative. The authorized representative must hold a management position for the association in question or for an association of employees affiliated with that association or be a business agent or union representative of the association in question or an association of employees affiliated with that association.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 20; O.C. 215-2016, s. 6.
21. The authorized representative acts as observer during the counting of the votes.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 21; O.C. 215-2016, s. 7.
22. (Revoked).
O.C. 244-2012, s. 22; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP); O.C. 215-2016, s. 8.
23. The association must, before 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to the day of the counting, give a written notice to the returning officer indicating the name of its authorized representative. The association must give to the returning officer, before the counting of the votes, the undertaking form in Schedule II, signed by its authorized representative.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 23; O.C. 215-2016, s. 9.
24. For the counting of the votes, the deputy returning officer and the secretary open the containers under their responsibility, reconcile their content, record that reconciliation in a report, open the return envelopes, handle the ballot papers and classify the ballot papers as valid or rejected.
Besides the deputy returning officer and the secretary, only the returning officer may take part in those operations.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 24.
25. The deputy returning officer proceeds, in the presence of the secretary, with the verification of the ballot papers’ validity.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 25.
26. A ballot paper must be rejected if it
(1)  has not been completed in accordance with this Regulation;
(2)  has not been signed by the employee, or the signature does not correspond to the signature appearing on the photocopy of the document attached by the employee under section 14;
(3)  was not provided by the Commission;
(4)  is not in the return envelope;
(5)  designates more than one association or none;
(6)  has been marked elsewhere than in one of the places designed for that purpose;
(7)  bears a fanciful or injurious marking;
(8)  is not accompanied by a valid identification document provided for in section 14;
(9)  includes a photocopy of the valid identification document provided for in section 14 that does not enable to clearly see the particulars and the employee’s photograph and signature, in contravention of the third paragraph of that section.
Subject to the right provided for in section 34, in each of those cases, the employee concerned is deemed not to have voted.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 26; O.C. 215-2016, s. 10.
27. No ballot paper may be rejected for the sole reason that the mark extends beyond the designed place or that the place is not completely filled in.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 27.
28. The deputy returning officer presents to the returning officer any ballot paper that, in his or her opinion, should be rejected pursuant to section 26 so that the returning officer may decide on its validity.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 28; O.C. 215-2016, s. 11.
29. (Revoked).
O.C. 244-2012, s. 29; O.C. 215-2016, s. 12.
30. (Revoked).
O.C. 244-2012, s. 30; O.C. 215-2016, s. 12.
31. Valid ballot papers are classified by association. The association designated by the employee in the employee’s valid ballot paper is entered in the report for the counting of the votes by a keeper of that report under the supervision of the returning office or a secretary.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 31.
32. The following is to be entered in a report:
(1)  the number of employees who have voted;
(2)  the number of ballot papers valid or rejected;
(3)  (paragraph revoked);
(4)  the name of the persons who acted as deputy returning officers, secretaries, keepers of the ballot report and authorized representatives.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 32; O.C. 215-2016, s. 13.
§ 7.  — Operations following the vote
33. Within 10 working days of the end of the poll, the Commission sends each employee a notice confirming his or her elected union allegiance and informing the employee of the right to contest provided for in section 34.
If an employee’s election is presumed to be maintained by reason of the rejection or late reception of the employee’s ballot paper, the notice sent under the first paragraph contains an indication to that effect.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 33; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP).
34. An employee may contest the elected union allegiance confirmed to the employee pursuant to section 33. Such substantiated contestation in writing must be received at the address of the polling station, within 30 days of the end of the poll.
The contestation is submitted to the presiding officer for a decision. The presiding officer may decide that a vote rejected is to be considered valid, in particular after the employee’s intent and identity have been verified.
The presiding officer’s decision is final; it is sent in writing to the employee.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 34; O.C. 215-2016, s. 14.
35. All the documents that were used for the poll must be kept by the Commission in sealed containers, in a secured room for a period of 150 days following the end of the poll.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 35.
DIVISION III
ELECTED UNION ALLEGIANCE OF OTHER EMPLOYEES
36. An employee referred to in section 35.2 of the Act may, during the voting period provided for in section 32 of the Act, make known to the Commission his or her election respecting one of the associations.
The provisions of Division II apply to such election, with the necessary modifications. Despite the foregoing, an employee authorized to elect a new representative association by decision of the Administrative Labour Tribunal rendered under section 27 of the Act makes his or her election known by completing and returning to the Commission the form sent by the Commission for that purpose.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 36.
37. An employee referred to in the second paragraph of section 35.3 of the Act must, not later than the last day of the ninth month preceding the date of expiry of the collective agreement provided for in section 47 of the Act, make known to the Commission his or her election respecting one of the representative associations.
The employee makes his or her election known by completing and returning to the Commission the form sent by the Commission for that purpose.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 37.
38. The Commission keeps a completed form provided for in section 36 or 37 for 150 days following its receipt.
O.C. 244-2012, s. 38.
39. (Omitted).
O.C. 244-2012, s. 39.
UNDERTAKING BY THE PRESIDING OFFICER, THE RETURNIG OFFICER AND POLLING OFFICERS
I, the undersigned, acting as

(Indicate the position of the person during the poll)
for the poll held pursuant to section 32 of the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry (chapter R-20) for the year

(Indicate the year of the poll)
declare that:
(1) I will fulfil faithfully and honestly the duties assigned to me under the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry and the Regulation respecting the election of a representative association by employees of the construction industry (chapter R-20, r. 4.1) without fear of or favour towards anyone;
(2) I will not reveal, unless expressly authorized, anything that may come to my knowledge in the performance of my duties.

(Signature of the person)
________________________________________________ _______________________________
(Name in block letters) (Date)
O.C. 244-2012, Sch. I.
UNDERTAKING BY THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ASSOCIATION
I, the undersigned, acting as authorized representative for

(Indicate the association concerned)
for the poll held pursuant to section 32 of the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry (chapter R-20) for the year

(Indicate the year of the poll)
declare that:
(1) I will fulfil in good faith the duties assigned to me under the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry and the Regulation respecting the election of a representative association by employees of the construction industry (chapter R-20, r. 4.1) without fear of or favour towards anyone;
(2) I will not reveal, unless expressly authorized, anything that may come to my knowledge in the performance of my duties.

(Signature of the person)
________________________________________________ _______________________________
(Name in block letters) (Date)
O.C. 244-2012, Sch. II; O.C. 215-2016, s. 15.
REFERENCES
O.C. 244-2012, 2012 G.O. 2, 1026
S.Q. 2015, c. 15, s. 237
O.C. 215-2016, 2016 G.O. 2, 1401