The Constitution is HSAA’s highest expression of the collective will of the membership of the Union. It stands as the ultimate authority upon which every decision is based. As such, it can only be amended by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at Convention or a special meeting.

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The Union shall have a common seal which shall be under the control of the Board and the responsibility for its use and the procedures to be followed in its use shall be as determined by the Board. The seal shall be in safe custody within the central office of the Union.



The Members’ Benefits Committee shall be appointed by the Board to administer the following funds:

  1. Labour Relations Fund;
  2. Bursary Funds;
  3. Dell Taylor Memorial Education Fund;
  4. Emergency Financial Assistance Fund;
  5. Any other funds of a similar nature which may be instituted by the Union.


The policies and procedures of the Members’ Benefits Committee are subject to ratification by the Board. The granting or refusal of any assistance from these funds shall remain at the discretion of the Members’ Benefits Committee.  The decision of the committee may be appealed as per the Members’ Appeals policy.


The purpose of the Labour Relations Fund is for the registration, tuition fees and other related expenses, up to the maximum allowed, for labour relations courses, conferences, and workshops and must be directly related to labour relations, unionism or social justice.


The purpose of the Bursary Funds is to provide financial assistance to members, spouses, and children/dependents of members pursuing a recognized degree, diploma or certificate at a post-secondary educational institution.


The purpose of the Dell Taylor Memorial Education Fund is to provide assistance to members enrolling in a course of studies related to that member’s discipline.

Such monies are to be used for the payment of registration, examination and/or tuition fees exclusively.


The purpose of the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund is to provide members with financial aid in emergency situations.


Financial assistance under the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund shall be available to each member to the maximum lifetime benefit.