This article is from the Natl Writers Union FAQ, by Vicki Richman email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
The NWU locals elect Delegates to convene at the annual NWU
Assembly. The 1989 Delegates Assembly voted to affiliate
with the United Automobile Workers after considering offers
from two other historic U.S. unions. We did that to gain the
labor-union benefits that the UAW fought hard to achieve for
most of the 20th century; the UAW took us to gain strength
The UAW is a federation of locals, so we had to become a UAW
local, even though we're a national union. Taking the year
of our founding, we became UAW Local 1981. So the rest of
the world sees us as a single local. But, what's in a word
(besides the writer's tool of the trade)?
Internally, we have maintained our federal structure:
national officers and staff, with bicoastal offices; and at
least nineteen independent locals (okay, call them "units"
or "sublocals"), each with its own officers and staff.