TWU Union Local Information

As a member in good standing you are encouraged to exercise both your voice and your vote at Local meetings and to elect those Executive members who you feel will best represent you.

All Local officers are subject to an election process regulated by the Union's Constitution. This ensures that accountability is maintained via the democratic process and the TWU takes pride in the fact that Union Officers of every level are elected.

Locals are the building blocks of our structure. Under the terms of the Constitution, Locals are chartered by the Executive Council of the Union and jurisdiction is determined by Convention.

The TWU Constitution provides Locals with a good deal of autonomy. Locals usually meet monthly or every other month to conduct business. It is important that you attend your Local meetings in order to report problems in your workplace, provide feedback to your union on job-related matters and receive updated information from your Union Representatives. Your participation ensures that the Union keeps a pulse on the events that matter to you and your input is vital as your Representatives go forward to address those issues. Once you have sent in your membership application you will receive meeting notices that will tell you when and where your next Local meeting will be. As well, you will receive letters, bulletins and a quarterly newspaper called the "TWU Transmitter" which will keep you up to date on the latest happenings at the TWU as well as the federal and global labour issues that may impact you and your community.

Locals also:

Adopt, repeal or amend bylaws and rules to be consistent with the TWU constitution.
Hold annual elections for Local Executive positions.
Decide on the length for terms of office.
Make recommendations to Policy and Bargaining Conventions.
Keep their own financial accounts and report any business conducted to head office.
Participate in labour education and activities.

The members of each Local elect Executive Committees which represent the membership. Most Local Executive Committees consist of the following positions:

Convention Delegate(s)
And other Officers as Local Bylaws may specify.