...from the Hall
News of the Union, Local 237
December 10, 1998
UPIU To Merge With OCAW
On Monday, December 14th, 1998, Local 237 members will vote to elect a delegate to attend (with the President) a Special Convention of the International, to be held in Las Vegas on January 4th and 5th, 1999. The nature of this convention will be to consider a merger with the Oil, Chemical, & Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW).
The delegates to the convention will represent their respective locals and vote on approval of the merger. With that in mind, I encourage the members to offer guidance to the delegates on how Local 237 should vote on the merger. This will be done at the regular union meetings on the 14th and 28th of this month members are encouraged to attend one of these meetings and voice their opinions.
Below is an outline of the changes in the constitution and how they will affect the members.
Those are the highlights of the major changes. There are other minor procedural changes that wont be fully realized until theyre "seen in action." The normal avenues for changes still exists, so we can alter what doesnt work.
Reading some of the words of those who offer criticism of the merger lead one to believe that the major areas of contention are the dues increases (the proposed formula was rejected for UPIU at the last convention) and the fact that the International Officers are going to get an additional three years in office without having to go through an election (they would have faced election at the 2000 convention - they might still if the merger is rejected).
The benefits of the merger are that we will become a larger, more powerful union with the clout to change things more to our benefit. We will also have a more representation on the International Executive Board. Further, we will have the diversity and wherewithal to further our common goals, through organizing and affecting political change.
There is probably more that can be said here, its a big change after all, but time and space limit the possibilities. There is no doubt that members of our union can find more to debate on this proposal.
Come to the meetings on the 14th and 28th and share your thoughts on this momentous change. Or sit on the sidelines and let someone else make decisions for you. It up to you.
See ya there.
UPIU - Local 237
©1998, Chuck Whitt
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