1060 Lithium Drive
Thunder Bay, ON

Phone: (807) 474-4229
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By-Laws of Local 229

(Amended January 2004)


We are the members of Unifor Local 229, an organization of thousands of members united in the struggle to improve the lives of our members, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Our Local Union was formed by a group of members who decided it was time to establish our Canadian identity as Trade Unionists. On March 2nd, 2000, thousands of members voted to pursue disaffiliating from our International Union and establishing ourselves as a Canadian Union for Canadian Workers. On March 21, 2001 we received our official charter from the National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation, and General Workers Union of Canada, CAW-Canada.

We would like to recognize the former Executive Board that was in place when we took this BOLD ACTION.

We are committed to building global solidarity and creating communities built on the principles of equality, socio-economic justice, moral responsibility and dignity. We will build a Canadian Union.

We are committed to building our Union through the education and organizing of members.

We believe that a strong Union respects the democratic wishes of its members. Our local was formed because we demanded that we have the right to democratically determine our own destiny. We are committed to ensuring that all Union members have the right to determine their own destiny. We believe in Social Unionism.

Social Unionism

Our collective bargaining strength is based on our internal organization and mobilization, but it is also influenced by the more general climate around us: laws, policies, the economy, and social attitudes. Furthermore, our lives extend beyond collective bargaining and the workplace and we must concern ourselves with broader issues like housing, taxation, education, medical services, the environment and the international economy.

Social unionism means unionism which is rooted in the workplace but understands the importance of participating in, and influencing, the general direction of society.