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UAW Constitution -- National and Regional Wage-Hour Councils

ARTICLE 22

National Wage-Hour Councils shall be established by the International Executive Board only in those cases where National Wage-Hour Conferences would prove inadequate in meeting the problem of organizing the unorganized competitive workplaces and coordinating the work of establishing uniform standards within a competitive group. Such National Wage-Hour Councils shall be administrative arms of the International Union and not subordinate bodies. In the event such Wage-Hour Councils are established they shall be governed by the following provisions:

Section 1. The National Wage-Hour Councils shall consist of duly elected representatives from the Regional Wage-Hour Councils and workplaces where there are no Regional Wage-Hour Councils of a single industry. In the absence of a Regional Wage-Hour Council of a single industry, representation to a National Wage-Hour Council from any one Local Union (including Amalgamated Local Unions) shall not exceed two (2) delegates.

Section 2. It shall be the duty of the National Wage-Hour Council to assist and cooperate with the Competitive Shop Department and the International President in the organization of unorganized work places.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the National Wage-Hour Council to work in conjunction with the Competitive Shop Department and in cooperation with the Research Department of the International Union to standardize wages, hours and general working conditions of the organized workplaces in their industry, and to strive to get a single agreement covering their industry, nationally.

Section 4. In case competitive workplaces in a given industry start negotiations on a national agreement, they shall make use of the National Bargaining Council provisions.

Regional Wage-Hour Councils

Regional Wage-Hour Councils shall be established by the International Executive Board only in those cases where wage-hour conferences would prove in adequate in meeting the problems of organizing the unorganized competitive workplaces, and coordinating the work of establishing uniform standards within a competitive group. Such Regional Wage-Hour Councils shall be administrative arms of the International Union and not subordinate bodies. In the event such Wage-Hour Councils are established, they shall be governed by the following provisions:

Section 5. A Regional Wage-Hour Council shall consist of duly elected representatives from work places or departments in workplaces doing similar work who can conveniently get together.

Section 6. It shall be the duty of the Regional Wage-Hour Council to gather and send to the Research Department of the International Union and the National Wage-Hour Council of which they are a part, all data on wages, hours and other working conditions of the workplaces of their industry in their region.

Section 7. It shall be the duty of the Regional Wage-Hour Council to assist in the organization of unorganized workplaces of their industry under the direction of the Regional Director.

Section 8. It shall be the duty of the Regional Wage-Hour Council to work toward standardization of improved wages, hours and general working conditions of the organized workplaces of their industry in their region, and to strive to get a single agreement covering their industry in their region.

Section 9. It shall be the duty of the Regional Wage-Hour Council to send regular reports to the National Wage-Hour Council in their industry and to the Competitive Shop Department of the International Union.

Section 10. It shall be the duty of the Regional Wage-Hour Council to send delegates to, and assist in the formation of, a National Wage-Hour Council for their industry.

Section 11. It shall be understood that such Wage- Hour Councils are not legislative bodies of the International Union and shall not deal with policies of the International Union other than those concerning competitive workplace problems.

Section 12. Regional Wage-Hour Councils may be formed by the Regional Director, acting at the request of Local Unions in the Region, to discuss special problems affecting the small independent workplaces and the parts supplier industry. Local Unions or units of Amalgamated Local Unions to be included in the Council, and any financing of the Council, shall be by agreement between the Regional Director and participating Local Unions. Where such a Council has been formed and has been in operation for a period of one year, affiliation with the Council may be made mandatory upon approval of the International Executive Board. Any Local Union or unit of an Amalgamated Local Union may appeal its inclusion or exclusion to the International Executive Board under Article 33.