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UAW Constitution - Objects


Section 1.
To improve working conditions, create a uniform system of shorter hours, higher wages, health care and pensions; to maintain and protect the interests of workers under the jurisdiction of this International Union.

Section 2. To unite in one organization, regardless of religion, race, creed, color, sex, political affiliation or nationality, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, all employees under the jurisdiction of this International Union.

Section 3. To improve the safety and working conditions of employment within the workplace and in the accomplishment of these necessary reforms, we pledge ourselves to utilize the conference room and joint agreements; or if these fail to establish justice for the workers under the jurisdiction of this International Union, to advocate and support strike action.

Section 4.
To educate our membership in the history of the Labor Movement and to develop and maintain an intelligent and dignified membership; to vote and work for the election of candidates and the passage of improved legislation in the interest of all labor. To enforce existing laws; to work for the repeal of those which are unjust to Labor; to work for legislation on a national scale, having as its object the establishment of real social and unemployment insurance, the expense of which to be borne by the employer and the Government.

Section 5. To engage in legislative, political, educational, civic, welfare and other activities which further, directly or indirectly, the joint interests of the membership of this organization in the improvement of general economic and social conditions in the United States of America, Canada, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and generally in the nations of the  world.

Section 6. (a) To work as an autonomous International Union affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) together with other International Unions, for solidification of the entire Labor Movement; provided, however, that the International Executive Board may at any time alter the Union's relationship to such bodies in any way it deems appropriate. To provide assistance, financial and otherwise, to labor and other organizations in the United States, Canada and other parts of the world having purpose and objectives similar or related to those sought by this organization.

(b) The International Executive Board is authorized to take whatever action is required to enable the UAW to mobilize, assist and work with other organizations, alone or in combination, toward the objective of meeting the urgent problems which confront society and the Labor Movement in this 21st Century period of rapid and accelerating technological and social change.

(c) The International Union shall seek to affiliate groups of employees, whether by agreement or merger. To do so, and better accomplish this objective, the International Executive Board is authorized to allow necessary deviations from specific provisions of this Constitution, provided however, that any such affiliations must be ratified not later than the next regular convention.