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The special character of article III is also underlined by the fact that its twenty-fourth section provides a special amending procedure applicable to article III alone. Thus, of the twelve purposes set out for the Congress in article II of its constitution, the key purpose is the eighth: To recognize the integrity of each affiliated union in the Congress to the end that each affiliate shall respect the established bargaining relationships of every other affiliate and that each affiliate shall refrain from raiding the established bargaining relationship of any other affiliate and, at the same time, to encourage the elimination of conflicting and duplicating organizations and jurisdictions through the process of agreement, merger, or other means, by voluntary agreement in consultation with the appropriate officials of the Congress; to preserve, subject to the foregoing, the organizing, jurisdiction of each affiliate.
Was most reluctant to expel the Canadian branches of the CIO unions. 2 Only in 1945, after having refused for thirty-five years, did the AFL recognize the right of the TLC to charter local trades and labour councils. It was not until the following year that the TLC felt able to refuse to expel a union at the behest of the AFL leadership. The ability of the TLC to withstand AFL demands in 1946 was an isolated instance rather than the omen of a new trend. In 1947 the AFL demanded that the Canadian Seamen's Union be converted into a branch of the Seafarers' International Union.
This has happened to us recently, in one particular plant.... A year and a half ago, they moved to the Dunnville area in Ontario, and gradually moved equipment, machinery, and office personnel and technical personnel to the new area. In the area, the International Association of Machinists, an affiliate of ours in the CLC, moved in and ostensibly organized this plant in a legitimate fashion. 29 A delegate from NUPE pointed out, THE CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS 43 If we are going to continue to encroach upon every other organization's jurisdiction, we are not going to have a Congress.
Organized Labour and Pressure Politics: The Canadian Labour Congress, 1956-68 by David Kwavnick