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  1. Trade Unions in Canada play a unique and exceptional role in the progress towards social justice. Only Trade Unions are self-funding working class organizations which express the interests and hopes of working people and their families. Our work and struggle require resources; dues payments create the resources we need to move forward.
  2. National Union dues shall be 0.735 per cent of a worker’s regular wages with respect to regularly-scheduled hours as defined by the collective agreement in place.
  3. Regular wages include but are not limited to vacation pay, holiday pay, jury duty pay, full paid leave compensation, paid absence allowance compensation, cost of living allowance, supplementary unemployment benefits, or an equivalent lay-off benefit. Regular wages do not include overtime, shift, Saturday, Sunday and holiday premiums, Workers’ Compensation benefits, relocation, termination or severance pay, pension, supplemental parental or maternity benefits.
  4. Local Unions shall take all available steps to amend their respective collective agreements to insure the agreements are forthwith consistent with this Article. All dues are payable during the current month to the Financial Secretary of the Local Union or other subordinate body. Dues shall be collected by check-off (employer deduction from compensation) or by a method approved by the National Executive Board.
  5. National Union dues shall be submitted to the National Union by the last day of the month following collection. Each Local Union or subordinate body shall also deliver, at the same time, a complete dues list including the names of the persons who paid their dues, and the relevant rate of pay, hours worked and any other information requested by the Secretary Treasurer.
  6. A Local Union which has not remitted national dues to the National Union and which is sixty (60) days or more in arrears shall be suspended from participation in National Union events and programs. A penalty of 5 per cent of the dues owing, plus 1 per cent per month for each additional month of arrears, shall be applied. The National Secretary Treasurer may grant an exemption to these penalties, and shall report this exemption to the National Executive Board.
  7. The intentional preparation of a false report of membership, or a refusal to submit National dues as required by this Article shall be a violation of responsibilities under this Constitution.
  8. All Local Unions and other subordinate bodies shall ensure that their respective dues formula is applied as a percentage of regular wages which the Local Union or other subordinate body decides is appropriate and reflects local circumstances (including the proportion of part-time members in the Local, or subordinate body, the degree of Local servicing required, etc.)
  9. Former CAW-Canada members shall continue to pay Local dues according to the formula expressed under the former CAW-Canada Constitution, or according to the formula in place as of the founding of the National Union, until measures are taken to implement the dues formula expressed as a percentage in this Article.
  10. Workers on strike or locked out are exempt from any dues payment.
  11. Workers who are unable to work and are not receiving regular wages are exempt from any dues payment during the period of their inability to work.
  12. Where Local Unions have joined the National Union Skilled Trades Council and have negotiated a Skilled Trades per capita dues provision, a member working in a Skilled Trades classification shall pay annual dues equivalent to one half hour regular wages to the National Union Skilled Trades Council.
  13. At the request of a Local Union, bargaining unit or other subordinate body, the National Executive Board may make special arrangements about the payment of dues.
  14. Members in Community Chapters shall pay per capita dues as approved or established by the National Executive Board.
  15. The National Union shall direct the monies received as its share of dues to the following funds in the shares set out below:
    ● General Fund: 77.5 or 75%
    ● Defence/Strike Fund:  7.5% or 10%
    ● Organizing Fund: 10%
    ● Education Fund: 3.75%
    ● Convention Fund: 1.25%
    If the Defense / Strike Fund falls to $140,000,000 for two consecutive quarters, the share of dues will increase to 10%. It will remain at 10% until the Defense / Strike Fund increases to $155,000,000 for two consecutive quarters, at which point the share of dues will revert to 75%. Whenever a 2.5% adjustment is made to the Defence / Strike Fund, an equal offset will be made to the General Fund.
  16. The National Union and each Local Union or other subordinate body each hold title to their respective share of dues and initiation fees as soon as they are received by the Local Union or other subordinate body. The Local Union or other subordinate body shall not use any part of the monies due to the National Union without the permission of the National Executive Board.
  17. In addition to National Union dues, a per capita levy of 0.0135 per cent of every worker’s regular wages is payable on a monthly basis, and shall be remitted by every Local Union to the National Union by the last day of the month following collection of National Union dues. The National Union shall distribute to the Regional Councils or the Quebec Council, the appropriate share of these funds.
  18. With respect to newly organized bargaining units, dues payments are not mandatory until a first collective agreement is ratified.

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