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UAW Constitution -- Duties and Powers of Subordinate Bodies

ARTICLE 37

Section 1. It shall be mandatory for all Local Unions of the International Union to affiliate with UAW state Community Action Program (CAP) or Provincial Industrial Union Councils, unless this requirement is otherwise waived by the Executive Board of the International Union.

Section 2. It shall be mandatory for all Local Unions to affiliate with UAW city, county or area Community Action Program (CAP) bodies and Councils of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) wherever such bodies are established, unless this requirement is otherwise waived by the Executive Board of the International Union.

Section 3. It shall be mandatory for all Local Unions to establish bylaws and submit them to the International Executive Board for ratification.  By-laws, although enacted by a subordinate body, are not effective until submitted to the International Executive Board except for those enacted pursuant to Section 5 of this Article. Bylaws, once submitted remain effective unless repealed by the International Executive Board, pursuant to Article 12, Section 5 of this  Constitution.

Section 4. (a) Each Local Union, other than an Amalgamated Local Union, and each unit of an Amalgamated Local Union, shall hold a regular general membership meeting at least once a month unless the Local Union or unit of an Amalgamated Local Union provides in its bylaws for general membership meetings at least once every three (3) months. Where a Local Union or unit of an Amalgamated Local Union holds general membership meetings every three (3) months, it shall be required to establish a Workplace Council which shall meet and serve as the membership body in each of the intervening two months. The Workplace Council shall be composed of all elected officers of the Local Union or unit, plus additional elected, proportional representation as approved by the International Executive Board and as provided in the bylaws of the Local Union or unit. Upon petition of a Local Union with substantial membership, the International Executive Board is authorized to establish in such Local Union a Representative Workplace Council consisting of all elected officers of the Local Union with additional elected, proportional representation, which shall serve as the membership body within the Local Union. Such Council shall meet once each month, and a general membership meeting shall be held at least once each year. The procedures and representation for such Council must receive the prior approval of the International Executive Board and must be set forth in the bylaws of the Local Union.

(b) An Amalgamated Local Union that has a Joint Council established in accordance with Article 35, Section 2, shall have meetings of such Joint Council at least once a month and shall hold a general membership meeting at least once a year. Amalgamated Local Unions without a Joint Council shall hold a regular general membership meeting at least once every three (3) months.

(c) A Local Union or unit may by appropriate action postpone meetings during the summer months.

Section 5. All Local Unions shall include in their bylaws reasonable provisions for rules governing the attendance at meetings by members holding any Local Union elective position. The Local Union shall establish non-monetary penalties that may include automatic removal from such office or position upon their failure to attend a stipulated number of meetings as required by their bylaws. Local Union bylaws on this subject must be submitted to and approved by the International Executive Board before becoming effective.

Section 6. Each subordinate body shall strive to attain the objectives set forth in this Constitution; to maintain free relations with other organizations; to do all in its power to strengthen and promote the labor movement; to cooperate with Regional Board Members, the International Representatives and help promote organizational activities.

Section 7. No Local Union or other subordinate body, and no officer, agent, representative or member thereof shall have the power or authority to represent, act for, commit or bind the International Union in any matter except upon express authority having been granted therefore in writing by the International Executive Board or the International President.

Section 8. A Local Union may organize a corporation, provided it is a membership corporation, if possible under state or provincial law, for the purpose of holding title to real property for the benefit of the Local Union. The membership of and voting privileges in any such corporation shall be the same and identical with the membership of and voting privileges in the Local Union, and the Board of Directors of any such corporation shall be the duly elected Executive Board Members of the Local Union. All provisions of this Constitution in any way relating to the relationship between the International Union and Local Unions including, but without limitation thereof, those provisions found in Article 12, Sections 2, 3 and 5; Article 36, Sections 9 and 10; Article 37, Section 3; and Article 48 shall apply with equal force and effect to the relationship between the International Union and any such corporation, insofar as such provisions of the International Constitution may be applicable to Local Union building corporations.

Section 9. A Local Union shall not make its membership list available to anyone except for the performance of official Union business or to satisfy the requirements of law.