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UAW Constitution -- Community Action Program Councils

ARTICLE 23

Section 1. The objective and purpose of the UAW Community Action Program Councils are to develop, promote and implement policies and programs designed to improve and enrich the quality of American life. The UAW Community Action Program (hereinafter referred to as CAP) shall engage in community, civic, welfare, educational, environmental, cultural, citizenship-legislative, consumer protection, community services and other activities to improve the economic and social conditions of UAW members and their families and to promote the general welfare and democratic way of life for all people.

UAW CAP Councils may cooperate and work with community groups in the common effort to make a better life for all people, where the programs and objectives of such groups have the same basic objectives as the UAW.

Section 2. The UAW International Executive Board is authorized to implement and develop programs and policies designed to achieve the purposes and objectives of the UAW Community Action Pro gram, through its Councils.

Section 3. To assist in the development of these programs and policies, the International Executive Board is authorized to establish a National UAW Community Action Program Advisory Council, which shall meet at least once each year or as necessary and as determined by the International President or the International Executive Board.

(a) It shall be the duty of such Council to advise and counsel the International Executive Board on programs and policies, including the per capita tax requirements of each Local Union to the CAP Councils.

(b) Representation to the UAW National CAP Advisory Council shall be determined by the International President, subject to the approval of the International Executive Board.

Section 4. It shall be mandatory that each Local Union affiliate with the appropriate State CAP Council and any city, county or area CAP Council established under this structure in accordance with the requirements of Article 37, Sections 1 and 2 of this Constitution.

Section 5. Upon approval of the International President, Regional Directors are authorized to establish, in states under their jurisdiction, or in concert with other Directors within states under their jurisdiction, appropriate state, city, county and area CAP Councils, or a combination of same, where sufficient membership exists for the establishment of such Councils.

Section 6. All state, city, county and area councils established under the UAW Community Action Program shall be subordinate bodies of the International Union.

Section 7. Membership in UAW CAP Councils shall be confined to UAW Local Unions, UAW Retired Workers Chapters and UAW Family Auxiliaries.

Section 8. Each CAP Council established shall be required to adopt bylaws governing said Council which shall require the approval of the International Executive Board. All bylaws established for CAP Councils must include a budget, which shall require the approval of the Regional Director(s) and the UAW CAP Department. All expenditures of CAP Councils are required to be made in accordance with the financial guidelines for CAP Councils, as established by the International Executive Board and the National CAP Advisory Council.

Section 9. All Local Unions (except those in the State of Michigan) affiliated with the various state, city, county and area CAP Councils shall be required to develop in their bylaws a requirement which will advise the membership at the time of their election for executive officers, as set forth under Article 38, Section 1 of this Constitution, of those officers or all of same under Article 38, Section 1 of this Constitution, who as a result of their election to their respective offices may also serve as a delegate to the state, city, county or area council established in their area.

Section 10. All CAP Councils shall develop in their bylaws appropriate procedures for the election of officers of the Council, representation to the Council and other provisions for the effective operation of the CAP Council, which is required to meet the standards for such Councils as developed by the International Executive Board.

Section 11. The International President shall be the Chairperson of the UAW Community Action Program Department and will chair the National UAW CAP Advisory Council.

Section 12. A CAP Council may make changes in its structure and/or operations subject to the approval of the International Executive Board when it is necessary in order to comply with election, labor or tax laws, whether state or federal.

Section 13. All CAP Council Bylaws shall be approved by the Regional Director(s) and the UAW CAP Department. Where a separate segregated fund or committee is established, pursuant to Section 14 of this Article, its bylaws shall be approved in like manner.

Section 14. The International Union, through the CAP Council structure, may establish separate segregated funds or committees through which Local Unions, their membership and their families collectively make contributions and expenditures to influence the nomination and election of individuals to state, local and/or party office, or to influence any ballot issue. These funds or committees shall be required to adopt bylaws setting forth their structure and operations.