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WHO MAY BECOME MEMBERS OF FFW?

By operation of law, FFW, as a duly-registered labor federation, can create a local or chapter union in a business certain firm or establishment for collective bargaining purposes. Its legal personality is secured through an issuance of charter certificate and reported its creation to the Department of Labor and Employment.

The other procedure is affiliation. This refers to an independent union, which possesses registration of its own, that decides to affiliate with the FFW. An independent union is required to submit the following documents for an affiliation to take effect:

  1. a copy of its Constitution and By-Laws and/or Certificate of Registration;
  2. the list of officers and members of the Executive Board or its duly authorized Governing Body;
  3. total number and composition of membership;
  4. a resolution of affiliation;
  5. a copy of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA);
  6. and a copy of its financial statement or report (Chapter II, Article III, Section 6; By-Laws, Article I, Section 3)

COULD ORGANIZATIONS FROM OTHER SECTORS BECOME MEMBERS OF FFW?

Yes. Basic sectoral organizations may be admitted to membership in FFW. According to Chapter II, Article II, Section 3, any authentic labor or basic sectoral organization may become members of the Federation. It is open not only to trade unionists but also to women, peasants, rural workers, youth, urban poor, elderly, displaced workers and even cooperatives. Requirements for application of other sectors are stipulated in the FFW By-Laws, Article I, Section 3.


WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP?

Membership in the Federation may be full or associate. Full membership refers to local/chapter and affiliated trade unions and sectoral organizations which fulfill all obligations, including the payment of dues as levied by the Constitution, National Convention, and special assessments as may be levied by the Governing Board.

Associate members are those organizations which are not a labor union nor organization of basic sector, e.g. non-governmental organization (NG0), and individuals who have been an officer or member of an affiliated labor organization and those who have served the Federation in any nature or capacity(Chapter II, Article I, Section 2; By-Laws, Article I, Sections 1-2).


WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS AND PRIVELEGES OF MEMBERS?

As long as they are considered in good standing, members in all types or classifications have all the rights and privileges as enumerated in Constitution’s Chapter II, Article V, Section 12 as well as in the By-Laws, Article III, Section 14.


WHERE DOES SOVEREIGNTY RESIDE?

Supreme authority in the Federation resides in the National Convention (Chapter II, Article VII, Sections 15-16) who performs or exercises, among others, review and adoption of the basic policies of the Federation, election by secret ballot of the National Officers and otherwise making all decisions which are in the general interest of the Federation. The National Convention is held once every five (5) years. Local/chapter and affiliated unions and basic sectoral organizations are entitled to send delegates based on their actual individual dues-paying members (Chapter, II, Article VII, Sections 17-19).

Between sessions of the National Convention, the government of the affairs of the Federation is vested in the Governing Board composed of National Executive Officers: National President, National Vice-President and National Treasurer, and Board Members composed of five Members-at-Large, Titular Members: three regional vice-presidents for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and the Chairperson of each Trade Federation and Sectoral Organization; together with their Deputies (Chapter II, Article VIII, Sections 23-24). Among its other functions, the Governing Board recommends amendments to the Constitution and basic policies of the Federation, adopts the national budget, drafts the agenda and decides on the date and place of the convention (Chapter II, Article VIII, Section 31).


WHAT ARE THE BASIC SERVICES BEING PROVIDED BY FFW?

The core functions of the Federation are organizing, union maintenance, legal services, workers’ education and training and advocacy. These are supplemented by new initiatives and services called developmental programs.

Services are being carried out by various departments: Philippine Social Institute (PSI), FFW Legal Center, Operations Department, Administration and Finance; by branch offices and by respective secretariats of different Trade Federations and by FFW Women’s Network (FWN).

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