Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers

Core Values

As a member of the Executive Committee of WAPSO, I promise to abide by the fundamental values that underpin all the activity of this organization.

As a guide, individuals should address the following questions when considering any course of action:

I. Is it legal?
II. Is it in the best interests of the overall membership?
III. Have I disclosed any private interest that might influence the exercise of my duties and responsibilities?
IV. Will the action meet the standard of what might reasonably be expected of me by the members?

Core Values are:

Everything WAPSO does will be able to stand the test of scrutiny by the members and the Manitoba Labour Board. The Executive Committee commits itself and individual members of the Executive Committee to ethical, businesslike and lawful conduct including proper use of decorum when acting as a member of the Executive Committee of WAPSO.

Integrity and Honesty
These will be the hallmarks of all conduct when dealing with colleagues within WAPSO and equally when dealing with members and employers.

WAPSO strives to maintain an atmosphere of openness throughout the organization to promote confidence of members, staff and employers.

Additionally, I agree to the following points:

Code Of Conduct

Law, Mission, Policies

• I will respect the law and regulations in all aspects of my role as a member of the Executive Committee.
• I will support the mission and consider myself its guardian.
• I will abide by organizational policies

Conflicts of interest
• I will always strive to act in the best interests of the organization
• I will declare any conflict of interest, or any circumstance that might be viewed by others as a conflict of interest, as soon as it arises
• I will submit to the judgment of the Executive Committee and do as it requires regarding potential conflicts of interest

• I will maintain, at all times, the confidentiality of all confidential information and records of tha Association and must not use or reveal such information or records except in the course of performatnce of my duties or unless the documents or information become a matter of general public knowledge.
• I will not use confidential information obtained throught the Association to further my own private interests or private interests of friends or family.
• I shall treat all Executive Committee discussions as a "safe haven" for the benefit of our peers and shall not repeat any discussions concerning the Association's business and practices, or any discussions of a personal nature of my peers and the memebers of Executive Committee in a public setting.

Person-to-Person (Responsibility)
• I will repect the law and organizational policies in all my relationships with fellow members of the Executive Committee, staff, members at large, employers or anyone I come into contact with in my role as member of the Executive Committee.
• I will strive to establish respectful, collegial and courteous relationships with all I come into contact with in my role as Member of the Executive Committee.

Personal Gain
• I will not personally gain materially or financially from my role as Member of the Executive Committee, nor will I permit others to do so as a result of my actions or negligence
• I will document expenses and seek reimbursement according to procedure
• I shall not accept any gift, favour, commission, reward, advantage or benefit of any kind from any person who is directly or indirectly involved in any business relationship whatsoever with the City, unless it is:
(a) a nominal exchange of hospitality among persons doing business;
(b) a token exchanged as a part of protocol; or
(c) a normal presentation made to persons participating in public functions.
• I will use organizational resources responsibly, when authorized, in accordance with procedure

In the Boardroom (Participation)

• I will strive to embody the principles of leadership in all my actions and live up to the trust placed in me by WASPO
• I will abide by Executive Committee governance procedures and practices
• I will strive to attend all Executive Committee meetings, giving apologies ahead of time to the Chair if unable to attend
• I will study the agenda and other information sent me in good time prior to the meeting and be prepared to debate and vote on agenda items during the meeting
• I will honour the authority of the Chair and respect his or her role as meeting leader
• I will engage in debate and voting in meetings according to procedure, maintaining a respectful attitude toward the opinions of others while making my voice heard
• I will accept a majority Executive Committee vote on an issue as decisive and final
• I will maintain confidentiality about what goes on in the boardroom unless authorized by the Chair or Executive Committee to speak of it

Enhancing Governance
• I will participate in induction, training and development activities for members of the Executive Committee
• I will continually seek ways to improve Executive Committee governance practice
• I will strive to identify good candidates for election to the Executive Committee
• I will support the Chair in his/her efforts to improve his/her leadership skills
• I will support the Executive Director in his/her executive role and, with my fellow members of the Executive Committee, seek development opportunities for him/her.

Protecting the Organization's Reputation (Media)
• I will not speak as a Member of the Executive Committee of this organization to the media or in a public forum without the prior knowledge and approval of the Executive Director or Chair
• When prior consent has not been obtained, I will inform the Chair or Executive Director at once when I have spoken as a Member of the Executive Committee of this organization to the media or in a public forum
• When I am speaking as a Member of the Executive Committee of this organization, my comments will reflect current organizational policy even when these do not agree with my personal views
• When speaking as a private citizen I will strive to uphold the reputation of the organization and those who work in it
• I will respect organizational, Executive Committee and individual confidentiality
• I will take an active interest in the organization's image, noting news articles, books, television programmes and the like about the organization, about similar organizations or about important issues for the organization

Leaving the Executive Committee
• I understand that substantial breach of any part of this code may result in my removal from the Executive Committee.
• Should I resign from the Executive Committee I will inform the Chair in advance in writing, stating my reasons for resigning. Additionally, I will participate in an exit interview.


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