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The installation ceremony of the National Officers, Regional Directors and members of the National Executive Board may be performed by the Retiring President, Acting President or an honorary delegate. At the Regional Councils or the Quebec Council, the installation ceremony may be performed by a National Officer or the appropriate Regional or Quebec Director. At the Local Union level, the ceremony may be performed by the outgoing Local Union President or National Representative.

The Installing Officer says:

  • “Give attention while I read to you the obligation:
    Do you pledge on your honour to perform the duties of your respective offices as required by the Constitution of the Union and to bear true and faithful allegiance to Unifor?
  • Do you pledge to promote a harassment and discrimination-free environment and work to ensure the human rights of all members are respected?
  • Do you pledge to support, advance and carry out all official policies of the Union and to work tirelessly to advance and build the membership of our Union?
  • Do you pledge to deliver all books, papers, and other property of the Union that may be in your possession at the end of your term to your successor in office, and at all times conduct yourself as becomes a member of this Union?”

National Officers, Regional Directors and/or members of the National Executive Board respond, “I do.”

The Installing Officer then says:

  • “Your responsibilities are defined in the By-Laws, Constitution and policies of Unifor. Should any emergency arise not provided for in these, you are expected to act according to the dictates of common sense, guided by an earnest desire to advance the best interest of the Union. I trust you will all faithfully perform your duties so that you may gain the esteem of your brothers and sisters and the approval of your conscience.
    You will now assume your respective offices.”

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