CEP vote ‘yes’ to merging with CAW
Today at the CEP National Convention in Quebec City, the delegates have voted in favour of merging with the CAW.
The vote was over 90% in favour of merging.
The CAW has already voted in favour of the merger.
The “New Union” will represent more than 300,000 workers in every province of the country, in 22 different major economic sectors.
“With this new union we are sending out a clear message that labour is ready to do what is necessary to take on governments and employers who would like nothing better than to see us disappear,” said Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union National President Dave Coles. “I have no doubt that this bold initiative will bolster the efforts of labour and other progressive movements across the country,” he said, noting that “with a critical mass in every province, it will be the largest union of its kind in Canada.”
“Our new union will be well-suited to take on today’s challenges, particularly around the growing precariousness of employment,” said CAW President Ken Lewenza. “Workers across the country will soon have a greater opportunity for union representation in their community and existing members will have more bargaining clout when sitting across from their employer at the negotiating table. We will be stronger, more effective and yield greater influence.”
The joint Proposal Committee, made up of eight local and national leaders from each organization, will soon meet to plan for the upcoming work of the six working groups – Constitutional, Implementation, Staff Relations, Organizing, Communications and Convention Planning.
The Proposal Committee was led by CAW Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy and CEP Secretary-Treasurer Gaétan Ménard.
A date has not yet been set for the founding convention which will be scheduled for 2013.
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