Policy regarding Local Union Elections
The rules in this Policy apply to all elections conducted by a Local Union including election of Local Union Executive Board Officers, Workplace Representatives, and delegates to National Conventions, Canadian Council, Regional Councils and Industry Councils.
The objectives of Unifor are: In our workplaces • To promote, conduct and safeguard collective bargaining and to strengthen practices of more broadly based bargaining, including coordinated and pattern bargaining. • To regulate and improve wages, pensions and benefits, hours of work, employment security and working conditions through collective bargaining and political action. • To protect and strengthen our rights at work. • To strive for a safe and healthy work environment. • To ensure fair treatment, dignity and respect at work. • To make workplaces more democratic. • To organize the unorganized. • To strive for a safe workplace free of discrimination and harassment. For our members • To ensure equality regardless of race, sex, age, creed, colour, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, political affiliation or place of origin. • To guarantee that every member receives equal treatment under this Constitution. • To create and preserve a safe environment free of discrimination and harassment. • To ensure that our union is committed to the principles and practices of democratic unionism. • To guarantee accountability and transparency in our decision making and our actions. • To ensure that our union belongs to its members, is driven by their common objectives and provides ample opportunities for democratic participation. • To ensure that our union reflects the diversity of our members and communities. • To provide opportunities for education and development so that our members build awareness and analysis, get more involved in the union and their communities. • To provide opportunities for workers not in regular employment situations to join our union. In our communities • To fight for good jobs in our communities and throughout the economy. • To provide support to those in need. • To build our union’s presence in the community and encourage our members to be involved in all aspects of community life. • To work in common cause with other progressives to promote social justice and environmental sustainability at a community level. Unifor Constitution • To work on labour-based campaigns with other affiliates of Labour Councils. • To encourage unorganized workers to join our union and be open to new members in our communities. In broader society • To safeguard, protect and extend freedom, civil liberties, democracy and democratic trade unionism. • To be broadly politically active at the municipal, provincial and federal levels and to mount issue-based campaigns. • To fight for social and economic reform by giving priority to good jobs, equality and social justice. • To protect and safeguard the health and safety of the planet by supporting the goal of an environmentally sustainable future. • To build and unify the labour movement and to act in solidarity with other labour organizations in Canada and throughout the world with objectives similar to ours. • To support and work in common cause with progressive organizations in Canada and around the world. • To resist corporate globalization and provide alternatives to job-destroying trade deals and policies. • To work to end war and contribute to world peace.