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The following provisions are recommended for inclusion in the membership article:

  • (a) The Local Union shall be composed of workers eligible for membership in Unifor, over whom the Local Union has jurisdiction.
  • (b) Each member in good standing of this Local Union has the right to nominate and vote, express opinions on all subjects before the Local Union, to attend all membership meetings and express views, arguments and opinions on all matters and business, including candidates for office, properly before the meeting; to meet and assemble freely with other members and generally, to participate in the activities of the Local Union in a responsible manner consistent with good conscience in order to present and discuss factually and honestly the issues upon which the membership must base its decisions. These rights shall at all times be subject to the rules of procedure governing meetings and other uniform rules and regulations contained in the Constitution, By-Laws and other official rules of the Local Union.A member in exercising the foregoing rights and privileges shall not take any irresponsible action which would tend to jeopardize or destroy, or be detrimental to, either the Local or National Union as organizations, or their free democratic heritage, or which would interfere with the performance by this Local Union or the National Union of its legal or contractual obligations as a collective bargaining agent, or interfere with the legal or contractual obligations of this Local Union as an affiliate of the National Union.Violation, or abuse of these rights and privileges of membership, or engaging in conduct prohibited by this section, may be grounds for the commencement of a charge against a member pursuant to Article 18 of the National Union Constitution.
  • (c) The membership shall strive to obtain the objectives set forth in the Constitution and additional objectives as established as the policy of the National Union; to maintain free relations with other organizations; to do all in its power to strengthen and promote the labour movement; to co-operate with National Board Members, the National Representatives and help promote organizational activities.

In addition a Local Union may open its membership by amending its By-Laws to establish a Community Chapter. Local Unions should consider adding wording to reflect the following:

By-Laws establishing a Community Chapter shall express the objectives of the Community Chapter and define the membership to be included in the Local Union through the Community Chapter. The By-Laws shall also specify:

  • The right of members in Community Chapters to participate in the activities of the Local Union.
  • The rights and limits of members in Community Chapters to voice and/or vote in Union affairs and structures.
  • The services the Local Union expects to provide embers in Community Chapters.

The Local Union shall submit its amended By-Laws to the National Executive Board for approval.

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