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Unifor’s Constitution (Article 15, subsection ‘L’, available at unifor.org/constitution) encourages the merger of local unions as part of an effort to create stronger locals. The Constitution not only spells out the required procedures for initiating a merger, but also provides guidance on matters involving national union affairs, such as the maximum number of local union delegates that can be sent to meetings and conventions, and other general local union matters, including committees, audits, dues, officer responsibilities, and more.

In regards to local union structure and governance, these are determined by a local’s by-laws. All local union by-laws must adhere to Unifor’s Constitution. Please refer to your by-laws if there are any questions or concerns about the structure of your executive board, local union officers, local dues, or membership meetings. Often times there may be the need to amend a local’s by-laws following a local union merger.

It is important that local union’s interested in merging (or looking to amend the by-laws) refer to the Constitution to help guide their approach and to answer any questions raised by the members. Because both the Constitution and ‘Guide to Local Union By-laws’ can be amended or updated on occasion, it is highly recommended that locals consult with the most recent online versions of these documents.

Unifor’s Guide to Local Union By-laws (available at unifor.org/localunionbylaws) is a helpful resource that provides critical information on revising or amending a local’s by-laws.

“We successfully merged units, pooled resources and assembled most activities into one local union hall. We now have a stronger sense of community and the move made member mobilization, educational activities and communications much easier to plan and execute.”

– Local Union Task Force Participant

“A Council of Locals with a common employer meets twice a year to discuss concerns and share bargaining strategies. Some also discuss how they can work on broader objectives of the union.”

– Local Union Task Force Participant

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