About Local Unions

Local unions are autonomous units of the UAW comprised of members who work for the same employer and/or share a common interest in their work conditions.  Local unions that are comprised of members who work for different employers are amalgamated.

There are over 600 UAW local unions in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Local unions hold monthly membership meetings, while most amalgamated locals hold unit meetings and general membership or joint council meetings.  Members establish their own local union bylaws which must be approved by the International Union, UAW President.

Members elect executive board members who administer the local union between membership meetings.

In some locals there is an elected shop or bargaining committee responsible for negotiating the collective bargaining agreement on behalf of local union members.  They also sometimes handle member contract grievances.

Local unions are required to have 10 standing committees, including education, community services, civil and human rights, veterans, conservation and recreation, and women’s.  Standing committee members are elected by local union members or appointed by the local union president as determined by local union bylaws.

UAW members work through local union committees to play a role in the larger social and economic justice movement for all workers.  Standing committees allow members to get involved and help set local union goals.  Members work together through standing committees to build the power of our union.