The role of the Union of Local Authorities in Israel is
to represent the shared interests of all the Local Authorities
in the State of Israel and their officials before the Knesset,
the National Government and its Ministries, organizations and institutions.
In addition to this, the ULAI helps in furthering municipal activity
and gives ongoing advice and help to Local Authorities in relation
to providing services. It advises Local Authorities in municipal
matters including education, welfare, economy, water, security,
women's’ issues, labour relations and the law. It maintains
contacts with Local Government organizations abroad and encourages
partnerships with Sister Cities.
ULAI is a non-profit organization where membership is voluntary.
The income, whether from membership fees paid by the Authorities
or from partnerships in economic and other companies, is used to
cover the Union’s expenses and activities in accordance with
its statutes. The ULAI represents 61 Israeli cities and towns and
150 Local Councils.
History of ULAI
The Union of Local Authorities
in Israel (ULAI) was established in 1938 under the name “The
League of Local Councils”.
In 1953, the three largest cities - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo and
Haifa joined the organization and the name was changed to ULAI.
Structure of ULAI
The General Assembly of ULAI
comprises all the Mayors in Israel who automatically become
Members of the Union as soon as they are elected.
The Chairman of ULAI is Adi Eldar, Mayor of Karmiel.
The Chairman has 17 deputies representing the variety within the
The Union’s short and long-term policies are determined by
the Chairman and the elected Executive Board. The implementation
and supervision of these policies is the responsibility of the
Union’s Director General.
Main Activities of ULAI
- To serve as the Representative Organization for the Local
Authorities, Municipalities, Local Councils and City Associations
in their relations with the Knesset, the Government and its Ministries,
institutions and other public organizations in Local Government
- To represent all the Local Authorities in negotiations with
the Histadrut (General Federation of Trade Unions) and
other bodies on matters related to working conditions and the
signing of collective agreements for the employees of Local Authorities.
- To clarify and formulate ways of furthering municipal activity.
- To handle consolidation of purchases of heavy and standard
equipment for the Local Authorities via the Local Government
Economic Services Ltd.
- To provide automation and computer processing services to
all the Local Authorities via the Israel Local Authorities Data
Processing Center Ltd.
- To provide various financial services, including the transfer
of Government funds and credit for different time periods
via the Bank of Local Authorities Ltd.
- To provide training program and seminars for employees of
- To maintain and nurture contacts with Sister Cities and Local
Government Organizations abroad.
- To advise the Local Authorities regarding the entire range
of municipal matters including education, welfare, economy,
water, security, status of women, labor relations, law
and the courts, etc.