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The Constitution of the UAW is the highest law of our union. It not only provides the basis of the day-to-day operations of the UAW, but equally important, it sets forth the rights, guarantees and responsibilities of all UAW members.

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Greetings: The Constitution of the UAW is the highest law of our union. It not only provides the basis of the day-to-day operations of the UAW, but equally important, it sets forth the rights, guarantees and responsibilities of all UAW members. Additionally, the UAWs Constitution expresses our unions values and vision of a democratic society that ensures economic and social justice for all people. It is those values and vision that unite us as our diversity and solidarity strengthen our union. This document, adopted at the UAWs 34th Constitutional Convention, will continue to encourage and enable the UAW membership and leadership to forge our unions future. In solidarity,

Ron Gettelfinger President International Union, UAW

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CONSTITUTIONof the

INTERNATIONAL UNION

United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW

Adopted at the 34th UAW Constitutional Convention Las Vegas, Nevada June, 2006

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Article1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. Preamble............................................................................................. 3 Name .................................................................................................. 5 Objects................................................................................................ 5 Constitution ........................................................................................ 6 International Union Headquarters...................................................... 7 Jurisdiction ......................................................................................... 7 Membership........................................................................................ 7 Powers of Administration ................................................................ 12 Conventions...................................................................................... 12 Political Requirements of Union Officials....................................... 22 Officers and Elections ...................................................................... 22 Salaries ............................................................................................. 29 Duties of the International Executive Board.................................... 31 Duties of International Officers ....................................................... 36 International Representatives........................................................... 41 Fiscal Year........................................................................................ 42 Initiation Fees and Dues................................................................... 42 Honorable Withdrawal Transfer Cards............................................ 53 Unemployment and Welfare ............................................................ 55 Contracts and Negotiations .............................................................. 56 National and Corporation Bargaining Councils............................... 58 National and Regional Wage-Hour Conferences............................. 58 National and Regional Wage-Hour Councils .................................. 59 Community Action Program Councils............................................. 61 Competitive Shop Department......................................................... 64 Research Department ....................................................................... 64 Civil and Human Rights Department............................................... 65 Education Department...................................................................... 66 Family Education Center Department.............................................. 67 Communications .............................................................................. 68 Charges and Trials of International Officers ................................... 69 Trials of Members ............................................................................ 72 Public Review Board........................................................................ 82 Appeals............................................................................................. 86 District Councils............................................................................... 96 Amalgamated Local Unions............................................................. 97 Local Union Charters and Subordinate Bodies................................ 98 Duties and Powers of Subordinate Bodies..................................... 103 Local Union Officers...................................................................... 106 Installation Ceremony .................................................................... 111 Duties of Local Union Officers...................................................... 112 Duties of Local Union Members.................................................... 116 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.................................................. 116 Initiation Ceremony ....................................................................... 117 Local Union Committees ............................................................... 117 Stewards and Committeepersons ................................................... 118 Local Union Finances .................................................................... 119 Local Union Dues .......................................................................... 119 Local Union Audits ........................................................................ 120 Fraud in Local Union Elections ..................................................... 123 Strikes............................................................................................. 123 Board of International Trustees...................................................... 125 Family Auxiliaries.......................................................................... 126 Canadian Local Unions.................................................................. 128 Union Label.................................................................................... 128 Retirees........................................................................................... 129 Ethical Practices Codes .................................................................. 134 Subject Index.................................................................................. 139 Interpretations ................................................................................ 174

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CONSTITUTION of the International Union United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAWNote: Amendments adopted by the 2006 Constitutional Convention appear in bold type. Where a portion of a section has been deleted, the entire section, as amended, appears in bold type. The 2006 Convention provided that where the meaning of one article is changed, all related articles are automatically changed to carry out the intent of the change. PREAMBLE We hold these truths to be self-evident; expressive of the ideals and hopes of the workers who come under the jurisdiction of this INTERNATIONAL UNION, UNITED AUTOMOBILE, AEROSPACE AND AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WORKERS OF AMERICA (UAW): "that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men and women, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Within the orderly processes of such government lies the hope of the worker in advancing society toward the ultimate goal of social and economic justice. The precepts of democracy require that workers through their union participate meaningfully in making decisions affecting their welfare and that of the communities in which they live. Managerial decisions have far reaching impact upon the quality of life enjoyed by the workers, the family, and the community. Management must recognize that it has basic responsibilities to advance the welfare of the workers and the whole society and not alone to the stockholders. It is essential, therefore, that the concerns of workers and of society be taken into account when basic managerial decisions are made.

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The structure of work established by management is designed to make of the workers an adjunct to the tool rather than its master. This, coupled with the authoritarian climate of the workplace, robs the worker of her/his dignity as an adult human being. This belies the democratic heritage we cherish as citizens in a society rooted in democratic values. Essential to the UAW's purpose is to afford the opportunity for workers to master their work environment; to achieve not only improvement in their economic status but, of equal importance, to gain from their labors a greater measure of dignity, of selffulfillment and self-worth. Workers must also participate meaningfully in political and legislative action because government impacts importantly on their lives and on their communities. If government is to be the means by which people achieve a humanitarian and equitable society, it must be a responsible and accountable government. Therefore, the UAW has the duty and responsibility to promote real and meaningful participatory democracy through its members and their families, so that free people and their institutions may be heard in the councils of government and so that officeholders are guided

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