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A: GENERAL PROVISIONS

The power of Unifor is rooted in strong Local Unions directly connected to the concerns and interests of the communities in which their membership live and work.

  1. Every Local Union will strive to attain the objectives set out in this Constitution; to do all in its power to strengthen and promote the labour movement; to cooperate with the National Executive Board and National Representatives, and help promote the organization of workers into the Union.
  2. Newly recognized or certified bargaining units of workers shall be assigned by the National Executive Board to an already existing Local Union, whenever feasible. If there is no existing Local Union which accepts the new bargaining unit then it may be issued a new Charter as a Local Union, upon proper application under this Constitution. Only in exceptional cases, and at the discretion of the National Executive Board will the application of a new bargaining unit for a new Local Union Charter be granted.
  3. All Local Unions must establish and/or maintain By-Laws which are consistent with this Constitution. Local Unions must repeal, amend, or modify such By-Laws as may be inconsistent with this Constitution, on their own action, or at the direction of the National Executive Board.
  4. Amendments to existing By-Laws, or new By-Laws must be submitted to the National Executive Board for approval. The amendments, or the new By-Laws are not effective until approved by the National Executive Board.
  5. The By-Laws of each Local Union shall include or be deemed to include a provision that one of the objectives of the By-Laws and the Local Union is the regulation of labour relations and collective bargaining between employers and employees.
  6. No Local Union nor any of its Officers, Agents, Representatives or members has the authority to represent, act for, commit, or bind or incur any liability on behalf of the National Union in any matter except where the National Executive Board or the National President has given that authority in writing.
  7. It is recognized that the law of certain jurisdictions may require the vesting of particular powers in a Local Union in order that it may function as a Union. To the extent that it is necessary to comply with such laws, this Constitution shall be read as vesting such powers in the Local Union.

B: LOCAL UNION OFFICERS

  1. Each Local Union will have at least four (4) Executive Officers, of whom three (3) shall be:
    ● A Local Union President
    ● A Local Union Vice President
    ● A Local Union Secretary Treasurer
  2. In addition, the Local Union Executive Board shall include a Retired Workers Representative (if the Local Union has a Retired Workers Chapter).
  3. The Local Union Executive Board will consist of the Executive Officers set out above, as well as all other Officers or members-atlarge specified in the Local Union’s By-Laws, which shall reflect the gender and equity principles of the Union.
  4. The term of office for all elected Executive Officers of the Local Union shall be three (3) years, unless the Local Union’s By-Laws at the time of the Founding Convention provide for a lesser period.
  5. Each Local Union shall establish its own set of rules to govern the election of Officers, however, the rules must be consistent with the rules outlined in the Policy regarding Local Union Elections, made by the National Union, and the following provisions:
    (a) Votes shall be conducted by secret ballot or another secure and confidential voting system.
    (b) The election of a nominated candidate shall be by a majority of votes cast, unless the By-Laws of the Local Union stipulate otherwise.
    (c) All elections must be supervised by a democratically elected Election Committee, or by another process approved by the Local Union membership or the President of the National Union.
    (d) An appeal with respect to Local Union elections may be filed, and shall be governed pursuant to the Procedure Policy on Constitutional matters.
  6.  A Local Union may provide in its By-Laws that a member must be in continuous good standing, for a period of no longer than one (1) year, in order to be eligible to seek or hold office. The By-Laws of the Local Union may specify the conditions of membership in good standing, subject to Article 5.
  7. A Local Union may abolish an Executive Officer position, or consolidate such a position with another as long as those positions set out in paragraph 1 remain. Such a step may be taken solely on the grounds of the adverse financial position of the Local Union, and the decision to do so must be supported by a two-thirds or more vote of the Local Union Executive Board.
  8. Where an Executive Officer loses his/her position due to a decision made pursuant to the paragraph above, no notice or compensation is required if the Officer has a job to return to pursuant to a contractual leave.
  9. An appeal of a decision made under Paragraph 7 above may be made to the National Executive Board only. No Court or Tribunal has jurisdiction over the matter. The onus rests on the Local Union to demonstrate that its decision was based only on the adverse financial position of the Local Union.
  10. An elected Local Union Executive Board member may be recalled by the members for failing to perform the duties of their office. A recall is initiated by a petition signed by 25 per cent of the members that the Executive Board member represents. The petition must provide specific complaints against the Executive Board member and be submitted to the Recording Secretary of the Local Union. The Local Union shall notify the Executive Board member of the complaints and provide a copy of the petition.
  11. The Local Union shall call a special recall meeting with a minimum of 7 days notice with the sole purpose of addressing the specific complaints identified in the petition. A quorum for a recall meeting shall be 50 per cent of the members represented by the Executive Board member. A two thirds majority vote of those present shall be required to recall an elected Executive Board member.
  12. An elected Executive Board member can face recall only once during his/her term of office.

C: RESPONSIBILITIES OF LOCAL UNION OFFICERS

  1. In this Article the terms President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer refer to Local Union Executive Officers.
  2. The responsibilities of Local Unions and their Executive Officers, in addition to those set forth in this Constitution, and in their respective Local Union By-Laws shall include:
    ● The pursuit of the objectives set out in this Constitution.
    ● The implementation of all Union programs and policies.
    ● Active participation in political affairs and legislative processes at all levels.
    ● Support of the participation of Local Union Executive Officers, Committee persons, Stewards and members in educational programs, courses and training.
    ● The protection of the Local Union’s assets, funds and other property.
  3. Local Union Executive Officers and all workplace Representatives are required to take a week long, 40-hour Human Rights Training Course. The National Union will develop a plan for delivery of this course in concert with Local Unions.
  4. To conduct the affairs of the Local Union and in keeping with the Union’s objectives, the President, Vice-President or Secretary Treasurer have the authority to sign, administer and enforce any commercial contract between the Local Union and another party. This does not apply to collective bargaining.
  5. The President is the principal spokesperson and leader of the Local Union. He or she works to protect and advance the interests of the Local Union. He or she coordinates the efforts of the Local Union Executive Board and membership to achieve the objectives of the Union.
  6. The President will chair all Local Union meetings, enforce the Constitution and appoint committees not otherwise provided for. The President will sign all requisitions for expenditures authorized by the Local Union and countersign all cheques issued by the Secretary Treasurer. The President will be an ex-officio member of all committees with the exception of the election committee.
  7. The President will appoint a person who will act as the Local Union’s Organizing liaison. The Organizing liaison’s duties will be to coordinate the Local’s organizing activities, to work with the National Organizing Department and to report on organizing initiatives and issues to the President, the Local Executive and the Local membership.
  8. The Vice-President(s) will assist the President in his/her duties and attend all Local Union meetings. If the President is absent or incapacitated, the Officer identified in the Local Union’s By-Laws as the interim replacement of the President or the Vice-President will perform the President’s duties. Where there is more than one Vice-President, the Local Union will determine which one will assume the duties.
  9. The Recording Secretary or Secretary Treasurer will keep a correct record of the Local Union proceedings and sign all requisitions for funds that have been authorized by the Local Union. He/she will read all documents and handle correspondence that does not pertain directly to another officer’s duties. He/she will file documents and correspondence for future reference. The Secretary Treasurer or Recording Secretary will bring any correspondence requiring action to the members’ attention.
  10. The Secretary Treasurer will write and sign all cheques. He/she will report in writing to the Local Union’s regular meeting. The report will include amounts received and spent since the last report, listed by kind of income and expenditure, as well as the amounts remaining in the Local Union’s funds.
  11. The Secretary Treasurer will deposit all Local Union income and money in the accounts set up in the name and number of the Local Union in banks, credit unions or trust companies as the Local Union Executive Board directs.
  12. The Secretary Treasurer will make available to each member a copy of the National Constitution and Local Union By-Laws.
  13. The Secretary Treasurer will keep an inventory of all Local Union records and property. When possible, he/she will include the date of purchase and amount paid for each article. He/she will notify members in arrears of the amount of their debt. When asked, the Secretary Treasurer will turn over the books to the person assigned to audit the financial books and records of the Local Union, for audit and approval. On demand of the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union, he/she will produce the books for examination and audit.
  14. The Secretary Treasurer shall submit National Union dues to the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union by the last day of the month following collection. He/she shall also deliver, at the same time, a complete dues list, including the names of the persons who paid their dues, the relevant rate of pay, regularly scheduled hours worked, and any other information requested by the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union.
  15. The Secretary Treasurer will give the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union, the names and addresses of all the Local Union officers. The Secretary Treasurer will notify the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union and keep a record of all members initiated, suspended, expelled, deceased, transferred in or out or reinstated. He/she will keep a complete record of all active members of the Local Union, including the date of initiation, the date and cause of suspension or expulsion, the date of reinstatement, the date of
    death, home address and any other information needed to keep a record of the history of a person’s membership.
  16. The Secretary Treasurer shall record all financial transactions in the books of the Local Union.
  17. All Local Union Officers will deliver all Local Union files, records, and papers to his/her successor.
  18. The responsibilities of the Recording Secretary and Financial Secretary may be combined in the single position of Secretary Treasurer.
  19. All vacancies in Local Union offices must be filled promptly by election, unless Local Union By-Laws stipulate other means for a timely filling of the vacancy until the term is completed.

D: LOCAL UNION COMMITTEES

  • A Local Union should establish the following Standing Committees:
    ● Constitution and By-Laws
    ● Education
    ● Environment
    ● Recreation
    ● Community Services
    ● Human Rights
    ● Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workers (LGBT)
    ● Aboriginal and Workers of Colour
    ● Workers with Disabilities
    ● Political Action
    ● Women
    ● Young Workers
    ● Health and Safety
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program Committee (EFAP)

2. A Local Union may decide to consolidate Committees or establish additional Committees.

3. Local Union Standing Committee members may be elected or appointed by the Local Union Executive Board.

E: WORKPLACE REPRESENTATIVES

  1. All workplace representatives shall be actively involved in the issue-based campaigns, educational programs and community initiatives of the union.
  2. All Committeepersons, Stewards and other workplace representatives shall serve terms of the same duration as their Local Union Executive Officers. In the case of newly organized workplaces, however, the first term of office will be for two (2) years.
  3. A Local Union Executive Officer may also serve as a workplace representative.
  4. An elected workplace representative may be recalled by the members he/she represents for failing to perform the duties of the office.
  5. Members he/she represents will sign a petition listing the specific complaints against the representative and file it with the Local Union. The Local Union will notify the representative of the specific complaints and will give due notice to the represented members of a Special Meeting for recall. A two-thirds vote of the members present at the Special Meeting is required to recall.
  6. Each Local Union will set out in its By-Laws the number of petitioners required for a recall and the quorum needed to hold a recall meeting.
  7. An elected workplace representative can face recall only once during her/his term of office.

F: MEETINGS

  1. Each single unit Local Union and each unit of an amalgamated Local Union must hold a regular general meeting of its members at least once a month unless their respective By-Laws provide for a general membership meeting at least once every three (3) months.
  2. When the geographic jurisdiction of a Local Union is such that the provision in Paragraph 1 is not practical, the Local Union may request a variation. Such a request must be accompanied by supporting reasons. Any National Executive Board approval shall be in writing, with detail, and be included in the Local Union’s By-Laws.

G: LOCAL UNION DUES

  1. Local Union dues shall be collected simultaneously with and in the same way as the dues payable to the National Union under Article 10 and Article 16. Local Union dues are in addition to national dues of 0.735 per cent and Regional Council and Quebec Council dues of 0.0135 per cent.
  2. Local Union dues shall be fixed at a minimum of the level in place at the time of the Founding Convention. After the Founding Convention, by a majority vote of the members, a Local Union may set Local Union dues higher or lower, however Local Union dues cannot be reduced to lower than 0.6015 per cent of regular wages.
  3. An initiation fee may only be charged against new members entering an existing bargaining unit, or when and where the law requires such an initiation fee be paid.
  4. Local Unions shall establish such funds and accounts as necessary and shall ensure that a portion of revenue is allocated to participate in National Union programs.
  5. The Local Union Secretary Treasurer will receive all dues, initiation fees, and other income, and shall record all financial transactions.

H: AUDITS

  1. Local Unions shall submit their financial records for audit by Local Union Trustees quarterly, or have a professional Chartered Accountant audit their Local Union books annually.
  2. A Local Union which chooses to perform quarterly Trustee audits shall provide to the Trustees all the necessary information they require to carry out the audit and fulfill their responsibility to protect the assets of the Local Union.
  3. The Secretary Treasurer of the National Union will develop and make available to Local Unions a standard form which may be used to file quarterly Trustees Reports to the National Union.
  4. Quarterly Trustees Reports must be submitted to the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union no later than three (3) months following the end of a quarter or year end.
  5. The Local Union may choose not to hold quarterly audits by Trustees if it has an audit of the Local Union’s financial books performed annually by a professional Chartered Accountant. A Local Union which chooses to perform an annual professional audit shall provide a Financial Statement to the membership quarterly. An annual professional audit shall be the subject of a report to the regular membership meeting following the completion of the audit, or reported to the membership by other means no later than three (3) months following the year end.
  6. A Local Union which chooses an annual professional audit shall submit the audit to the Secretary Treasurer of the National Union no later than three (3) months following the year end.
  7. If a Local Union has failed to provide Quarterly Trustee Reports or an annual professional audit, or if there are inaccuracies or discrepancies disclosed by the Trustee Reports or audit, the Secretary Treasurer has the authority to assign a representative or Chartered Accountant to take charge of and audit all financial books, records and accounts of the Local Union.
  8. If a National Union investigation or any audit indicates that any member, alone or with others, has received or spent Union funds improperly or otherwise has engaged in financial misconduct, the Secretary Treasurer will submit written details to the National Executive Board. These will include the exact nature of the alleged misconduct, the amount involved and when it happened.
  9. The National Executive Board shall have the authority under Section M of this Article (Supervision of Local Unions and Subordinate Bodies) to take immediate action to suspend or remove Officers of the Local Union or to place the finances of the Local Union under supervision, or to take any other necessary actions under Article 18 (Charges). Any person suspended or removed from office by the National Executive Board arising out of an audit or investigation shall have the right to appeal to the National Appeals Committee and the Public Review Board under Article 18 (Charges).
  10. A Local Union Trustee(s) shall be elected by the Local Union membership for the same term of office as other Executive Officers, unless the By-Laws of the Local Union stipulate otherwise.
  11. A Local Union Trustee(s) has no signing authority.
  12. A Local Union Trustee(s) shall act independently. No person shall impede or constrain the Trustee in the performance of his/her duties under this Article.

I: ASSETS OF THE LOCAL UNION

  1. The assets, funds, and other property of a Local Union are the exclusive property of the Local Union.
  2. Membership in a Local Union does not and shall not vest in any member any right, title, or interest in the assets, funds or other property of the Local Union or National Union.
  3. At all times, the Local Union shall ensure that its assets, funds and other property are used or spent in a manner that is consistent with the Objectives and Statement of Principles expressed in this Constitution. Expenditures shall be paid by cheques issued by the Local Union on its account(s) bearing two (2) signatures from those Officers authorized by their Local Union By-Laws to be such signatories, or in the event of no such provision, by the Local Union President and Local Union Secretary Treasurer.
  4. When the assets, funds or other property of a Local Union become significantly disproportionate to the number of its members, as a result of layoffs, partial or full workplace closures, or other reasons, the National Executive Board shall ensure that the remaining assets, funds or other property of the Local Union are used to carry out the objectives of the Local Union, including, specifically, the representation of Local Union members, former members and retirees individually and collectively, with respect to their employment and/or post-employment interests.
  5. No Local Union will loan assets, funds, or other property to any member.
  6. All Local Union Officers, representatives, committee persons, stewards, and other members possessing or having custody or control over the assets, funds or other property of the Local Union must turn over all such assets, funds or property within their custody, control or possession forthwith to their successors.
  7. Any unit withdrawing from an Amalgamated Local Union and obtaining a separate Charter is entitled only to what remains in its own unit fund, if there was one, at the time of separation.

J: AMALGAMATED LOCAL UNIONS

1. Any two (2) or more bargaining units that are not part of an Amalgamated Local Union may apply to the National Executive Board to form an Amalgamated Local Union. This request must be approved by the members of the bargaining units involved at a general meeting called for that purpose. The National Executive Board shall take appropriate steps in response to the application, including the issuance of an Amalgamated Local Union Charter.

2. A newly organized bargaining unit may be added to an Amalgamated Local Union upon approval of the National Executive Board.

Joint Council

3. Any two (2) or more units of an Amalgamated Local Union may request in writing the National Executive Board to set up a Joint Council in their Local Union. If the National Executive Board approves the request, the Local Union will, without delay, set up a Joint Council. Members who are elected to the Joint Council will be elected by secret ballot using the procedures set out in this Constitution with respect to Local Union elections.

4. With respect to the Joint Council, members of the Local Union are guaranteed:
(a) Proportional representation from each unit, based on the number of per capita taxes each unit pays to the Local Union. Each unit is entitled to at least two (2) representatives to the Joint Council.
(b) That they can decide, by a referendum vote, to appeal a Joint Council decision or action.
(c) That each unit will be autonomous on matters that pertain exclusively to it. The general meeting of the members of a unit will be the highest authority for handling problems within the unit as long as they follow their Local Union By-Laws and this Constitution.
(d) That a percentage of a unit’s dues may be set aside in a fund for the unit’s exclusive use.

Withdrawal of a Unit from a Local Union

5. A bargaining unit may seek to withdraw from an Amalgamated Local Union. The bargaining unit must advise the Local Union Executive Board of its intention to withdraw and provide the Local Union Executive Board an opportunity to address its concerns, including at the Special Meeting of the unit described below for the purpose of withdrawing.

6. To do so the issue may be raised in a regular meeting of the unit. If a majority of those in attendance vote to approve the withdrawal, then a date for a Special Meeting of the unit will be fixed.

7. At least fourteen (14) days’ notice of the time, place and purpose of the Special Meeting shall be provided to members in the unit.

8. The vote to withdraw the unit from the Amalgamated Local Union must be by secret ballot, and requires two thirds of those voting to express support.

9. If the vote passes, then the unit shall deliver to the National Executive Board, a detailed statement setting out the reasons for withdrawing from the Local Union.

10. If the National Executive Board is satisfied the unit has just cause for withdrawal, and that it will not adversely affect the Local Union or the unit, the National Executive Board will direct a secret ballot referendum vote of the unit members.

11. The unit members will receive at least fourteen (14) days’ notice of the time, place and purpose of the referendum vote.

12. If two thirds of those voting vote in favour of withdrawal, the National Executive Board will issue the unit a separate Charter or assign the unit to another Local Union.

K: COMMUNITY CHAPTERS

1. Unifor understands that strong Local Unions are rooted in strong communities. We can help build strong communities and enhance our collective strength in the struggle for social and economic justice by opening our Union to workers who currently have no access to union membership, because they have no collective agreement, or job, or hold temporary contract or other precarious employment. This effort will support our drive to build new bargaining units and strengthen the heart of the Union.

Local Union By-Laws

2. A Local Union may open its membership by amending its By-Laws to establish a Community Chapter.

3. 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 members in Community Chapters.

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

Community Chapter By-Laws

5. Community Chapter By-Laws shall be submitted to the Local Union for approval. Among other provisions they shall specify:
● The composition of the executive of the Community Chapter.
● Election procedures and the criteria for determining members in good standing to seek nominations.
● The regularity of membership meetings.

6. Members joining the Union through a Community Chapter shall attend meetings of their Chapters with full voice and vote.

7. Members in Community Chapters in good standing can seek election to the executive of the Community Chapter.

8. Members in Community Chapters will not vote on any matters related to the negotiation and administration of collective agreements.

9. Members in Community Chapters shall make a commitment to union membership for one (1) year, at a minimum, and shall agree to pay the requisite dues.

10. The level of dues and the schedule of payments for members in Community Chapters shall be established by the National Executive Board and shall include both a waged and non-waged provision.

11. Dues from members in Community Chapters shall be collected through a centralized electronic infrastructure operated by the National Union. The dues will be remitted to the Local Union to further the purposes of the Community Chapter. Upon approval of the National Executive Board, a Local Union can establish its own dues collection system.

L: MERGER OF LOCAL UNIONS

  1. Unifor encourages the mergers of Local Unions to create stronger Local Unions. Two (2) or more Local Unions, upon the majority support of their respective membership, may jointly apply to the National Executive Board to merge.
  2. If such a merger occurs, then each former applicant Local Union shall be entitled to maintain the same delegate representation at the next Convention and at Canadian Council, Quebec Council or Regional Council for the period until the next Convention.
  3. The supplementary delegate representation must be comprised of elected members of the former applicant Local Unions on a per capita basis.
  4. The total votes to be cast by the newly merged Local Union, including the supplementary delegates, shall not be greater than the combined membership of the merged Local Union.

M: SUPERVISION OF LOCAL UNIONS AND SUBORDINATE BODIES

  1. The National Executive Board on its own motion or at the request of a Local Union or subordinate body may supervise, reorganize or disband a Local Union or other subordinate body, in the whole or in part, suspend their Officers or take back their Charter notably under these conditions:
    ● To prevent or correct corruption.
    ● To fulfill the Union’s duties under a collective agreement or as a bargaining agent.
    ● To restore democracy.
    ● To make sure the legitimate goals of the Union are carried out.
    ● To protect the rights or well being of members.
  2. Except in cases of emergency such as where the health or safety of a person is endangered or a significant loss of money or property is imminent, the National Executive Board must conduct a hearing with representation from the Local Union or subordinate body affected in order to take action under this subsection. In cases of emergency as above, the National Executive Board need not conduct a hearing. In all cases, the National Executive Board shall confer, and two thirds of the National Executive Board must agree with respect to the action to be taken.
  3. The National Executive Board will designate a full-time National Officer, Regional or Area Director, or National Representative to be the administrator with complete authority over the Local Union or subordinate body. He/she may suspend Local Officers and may use staff to help supervise local affairs.
  4. Where Officers are suspended, new elections will take place as soon as possible and no later than 180 days after the suspension. If circumstances require it, the National Executive Board may extend the period for no more than 120 additional days. The administrator is responsible for conducting the election. After the election, the Local Union or subordinate body will regain its autonomy.
  5. If an Officer is removed or suspended by action under this Article, the National Executive Board may impose conditions on the eligibility of the Officer to seek election. These conditions may be appealed to the National Executive Board under Article 18.
  6. The administrator designated by the National Executive Board shall provide regular reports to the Board as directed.

N: LOCAL UNION AND SUBORDINATE BODY CHARTERS

  1. Forthwith upon the founding of Unifor, and the ratification of the Merger Agreements between this National Union and its predecessors, the CAW-Canada and the CEP, the National Executive Board shall have the authority, on behalf of this National Union, to issue a Charter to all predecessor CAW-Canada and CEP Local Unions or subordinate bodies, granting them and/or confirming their successor status as a Local Union or subordinate body respectively of the National Union.
  2. The successor Local Unions or subordinate body shall have all of the rights, privileges and duties of the respective CAW-Canada or CEP Local Union or subordinate body to which it has succeeded.
  3. An Application for a Local Union or subordinate body Charter may be made to the Secretary Treasurer. A Charter shall be granted by the approval of the National Executive Board.
  4. Unless otherwise required legally, and subject to the discretion of the National Executive Board, a Local Union Charter will read as follows:

“Charter”
Unifor, established for the purpose of organizing and representing workers in Canada, grants to ________________________, and to their successors, this Charter for the establishment and future maintenance and administration of a Local Union at ________________, (Province) to be known as Local Union number _______.

The conditions of this Charter are:

That this Local Union under all circumstances shall be subordinate to and comply with the requirements of the Constitution, By-Laws, and policies of Unifor, as they may from time to time be altered or amended; that this Local Union shall for all time be guided and controlled by all acts and decisions of the National Union, as they may from time to time be enacted; that this Local Union shall take advantage of any powers, privileges or rights conferred under the law as they may exist at any time, though such actions shall not prevent the National Union from recalling, amending, changing or abolishing any such powers, privileges or rights. As long as the Local Union adheres to these conditions, this Charter is to remain in full force; but with any infraction, the National Union may revoke this Charter, annulling all privileges, powers, or rights conferred under it.

We have signed as witnesses on behalf of Unifor this ________________ day of 20____, on behalf of the National Executive Board. ______________________ President   ______________________ Secretary Treasurer

5. Unless otherwise required legally, and subject to the discretion of the National Executive Board, a Subordinate Body or Community Charter will read as follows:

“Charter” to Subordinate Body or to Community Chapter Unifor grants to ________________________ and to their successors, this Charter for the establishment and future maintenance and administration of a subordinate body at ______________________ (Province) to be known as _____________________________. The conditions of this Charter are: that this subordinate body, under all circumstances shall be subordinate to and comply with the requirements of the Constitution, By-Laws and policies of Unifor, as they may from time to time be altered or amended; that this subordinate body shall for all time be guided and controlled by all acts and decisions of the National Union as they may from time to time be enacted; that this subordinate body shall take advantage of any powers, privileges, or rights conferred under the law as they may exist at any time, though such actions shall not prevent the National Union from recalling, amending, changing or abolishing any such powers, privileges or rights. As long as the subordinate body adheres to these conditions, this Charter is to remain in full force; but with any infraction, the National Union may revoke this Charter, annulling all privileges, powers, or rights conferred under it.

We have signed as witnesses on behalf of Unifor this ________________ day of 20____, on behalf of the National Executive Board. ______________________ President ______________________  Secretary Treasurer

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