CAW Policy Letter #8: Local Union Retired Workers Chapters - Membership

May 23, 1989


CAW POLICY LETTER




LETTER NO. 8 Adopted May 23, 1989
Amended July 27, 2000

 

Local Union Retired Workers Chapters - Membership

To: All CAW Local Union Presidents, Financial Secretaries,
Local Union Retired Workers Chapters and National Retired Workers Executive, CAW-Canada

Greetings:

The National Executive Board, at its meeting on May 23, 1989, adopted the following policy regarding membership to Local Union Retired Workers Chapters.

A) Associate Membership for Spouses and Surviving Spouses

1. The Retired Workers Chapter will have the right to issue "Associate Membership" to the spouses and surviving spouses of members of the chapter.
2. Associate members will have voice but will not be eligible to vote on financial matters of the chapter or be eligible to run for or vote for executive office within the chapter.
3. "Associate Membership", once granted, shall be irrevocable except that the chapter by majority vote may revoke such membership for conduct detrimental to the chapter or the CAW.
4. The Retired Workers Department will design an appropriate membership card, and supply, at a cost, a lapel pin to the chapters.

B) Associate Membership for Excluded Employees

A member who accepts and excluded position with the company, and who, upon retirement, is desirous to become and "associate member" of the Retired Workers Chapter, may do so provided she/he:

1. Present proof of UAW/CAW former membership.
2. Applies for membership and is voted to membership by affirmative action of the chapter by secret ballot.
3. Pays to the chapter the dues prescribed by the chapter bylaws which under these circumstances would be mandatory.

"Associate Membership" under the above circumstances would be:

a. Limited to the Retired Workers Chapter only. She/he would have no membership rights in the local union in accordance with Article 6, Section 14 of the Constitution. She/he may not hold executive office in the chapter nor vote in their elections.
b. She/he will have voice but not vote on disbursement of chapter funds.
c. She/he is eligible to serve on standing committees established by the chapter with voice and vote on such committees.
d. Associate Membership may be revoked by a majority vote of the Retired Workers Chapter for conduct by the member that is detrimental to the chapter or CAW.

C) Former UAW/CAW Members Working Elsewhere

A former UAW/CAW member, working elsewhere, will be eligible for "Associate Membership" of a Retired Workers Chapter upon retirement provided she/he applies in writing to the local union where she/he established membership and such application is approved by the Retired Workers Executive.

"Associate Membership" under the above circumstances would be:

a. Limited to the Retired Workers Chapter only. She/he would have no membership rights in the local union in accordance with Article 6, Section 14 of the Constitution. She/he may not hold executive office in the chapter nor vote in their elections.
b. She/he pays to the chapter the dues prescribed by the chapter bylaws which under these circumstances would be mandatory.
c. She/he is eligible to serve on standing committees established by the chapter with voice and vote on such committees.
d. Associate Membership may be revoked by a majority vote of the Retired Workers Chapter for conduct by the member that is detrimental to the chapter or CAW.

D) Retired Workers Chapter Transfer

Where a member of a local union moves to another location under a corporate collective bargaining agreement, and upon retirement, is desirous of returning to her/his original local union to establish membership and participate in the activities of the Retired Workers Chapter, the member may do so with the understanding that her/his membership rights in her/his original local union would be limited to the Retired Workers Chapter and not the local union according to Article 6, Section 14 of the constitution.
While participating in the Retired Workers Chapter, she/he may hold office in the Retired Workers Chapter but may not be a candidate for or elected as the retired workers representative on the local union executive board. Where a retired member has moved under the above circumstances and returns to her/his original local union within one (1) year she/he may exercise full membership rights both in the local union and the chapter in accordance with Article 6, Section 14 of the constitution.

E) Retired Workers Transfers Between Local Unions

When a member is retired from her/his local union in accordance with Article 6, Section 14 of the constitution, and desires to participate in a Retired Workers Chapter other than her/his own local union, and such Retired Workers Chapter is outside the present geographical area, such member may make application to the Retired Workers Chapter to which she/he wishes to transfer. If such application is approved by affirmative action of the membership of the Retired Workers Chapter, her/his retired workers membership may be transferred.
Such membership in the new Retired Workers Chapter will be limited to the Retired Workers Chapter only and she/he would have no membership rights in the new local union in accordance with Article 6, Section 14 of the constitution. Her/his rights of participation would be limited to the Retired Workers Chapter, but she/he may not be a candidate for or elected as the retired workers representative on the local union executive board.

F) Associate Membership for Retirees who had no CAW Affiliation

Where a retired worker in the community, who did not retire from the CAW applies for membership in a Retired Workers Chapter, she/he can be accepted as an Associate Member provided she/he meets the following criteria:

A) Applies for membership and is voted to membership by affirmative action of the chapter by secret ballot.

B) Pays to the chapter the dues prescribed by the chapter bylaws which under these circumstances would be mandatory.

"Associate Membership" under the above circumstances would be:
a. Limited to the Retired Workers Chapter only. She/he would have no membership rights in the local union in accordance with Article 6, Section 14 of the constitution. She/he may not hold executive office in the chapter nor vote in their elections.
b. She/he will have voice but not vote on disbursement of chapter funds.
c. She/he is eligible to serve on standing committees established by the chapter with voice and vote on such committees.
d. Associate Membership may be revoked by a majority vote of the Retired Workers Chapter for conduct by the member that is detrimental to the chapter or CAW.

Retired workers play a very important role in our union and with the recent adoption of the above policy allowing for more participation within the chapters, retired workers will continue to make meaningful change not only within our union but in society as a whole.

In solidarity,
(signed)
BASIL "Buzz" HARGROVE
President


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