Decision making and organisation

The decision-making power in Trade Union JHL belongs to members. The Union Council consists of elected JHL members. It decides how the union spends its money and plans its activities. JHL’s Executive Committee implements the Union Council’s policies.

Union Council consists of elected JHL members, wields the highest decision-making power in JHL

The Union Council wields the highest decision-making power in JHL. The Union Council decides, say, the amount of the membership fee and approves the trade union’s budget and action plan. As a Union Council member, you get to be involved in deciding about JHL’s direction.

The Union Council has 120 elected members. The Union Council’s term of office is five years. The organisational members have their own representatives.

JHL’s Executive Committee

JHL’s Executive Committee has 25 members. It consists of the union president, chief executive officer, 18 people representing the municipality sector, four representatives of private sectors, and one person representing the state.

Branches at the core of everything

Trade Union JHL is made up of branches, Union Council, Executive Committee, central office and regional offices. The organisational member unions are JHL’s negotiation partners, the unemployment fund and JHL Institute are an important part of JHL’s services.

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The central office is located in Helsinki, and the ten regional offices are located in 12 localities around Finland.

Local branches are the core of JHL. Each JHL member belongs to a trade union branch.

The organisational member unions have joined forces with JHL when it comes to their unions’ protection of interests. For example, their negotiations are conducted through JHL. The organisational member unions are: the Finnish Prison Officers’ Unionthe Finnish Customs Officers’ Unionthe Border Security Union and the Finnish Non-Commissioned Officers’ (NCOs’) Union.

The Public and Welfare Sectors’ Unemployment Fund provides unemployment security to JHL members. The unemployment fund has its own Executive Committee and a representative body equivalent to the Union Council.

The JHL Institute operates in Helsinki, at the same address where also the union’s central office is located (Sörnäisten rantatie). The Institute trains members to safeguard members’ interests and to operate actively in workplaces. The Institute trains active members to be competent in co-determination and occupational safety and health.

Trade Union JHL’s management

JHL’s management: Teija Asara-Laaksonen (chief executive officer), Päivi Niemi-Laine (president), Håkan Ekström (chief executive officer)

President Päivi Niemi-Laine and chief executive officers Teija Asara-Laaksonen and Håkan Ekström are JHL’s managers.

JHL’s Executive Committee

Union president Päivi Niemi-Laine, 1st chief executive officer Håkan Ekström and 23 other members are in JHL’s Executive Committee, which has a total of 25 members. The Executive Committee assembles in a meeting approximately once a month.

Union Council

JHL’s Union Council assembles in a meeting twice a year. Its term of office is five years. The latest Union Council elections in JHL took place in spring 2022. Their results were processed by the Central Elections Committee on 3 March 2022.

Check the list (in Finnish) to see who were elected for the Union Council from your region!

Results of JHL’s Union Council elections 2022 (pdf, 54 kt)

The current Union Council was elected in the 2017 elections, and it will continue its work until June 2022.

JHL’s Executive Committee was selected in the Union Council’s assembly meeting on 6 July 2017. Most of the people selected for the Executive Committee were Union Council members. According to the rules, those who are selected for the Executive Committee are no longer Union Council members. They will be replaced by a candidate who has the second largest number of votes. The candidate represents the same electoral district, agreement sector, and electoral alliance.