TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The Unifor founding convention got
underway this morning, as the more than 3,500 delegates, formerly
members of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, voted to join together to form
the country's largest private sector union. They adopted the new Unifor
Constitution by a 95.5 percent majority.
"We are building a country where every willing Canadian can have a good
job," Dias told the convention, in his first remarks as Unifor National
President. "A job with decent pay and rights and conditions and
benefits. And a union to stand up for them. A good job where they can
perform their labour, using their strength and their skills, with
honour and pride. And with their labour, they create the economic
basis for rising living standards and shared prosperity."
Dias had been assistant to the CAW national president since 2007.
The convention elected Peter Kennedy as Unifor Secretary-Treasurer.
Peter had been CAW Secretary-Treasurer since 2009. Michel Ouimet,
formerly CEP's Executive Vice-President, Quebec, was elected as Unifor
Unifor has more than 300,000 members, working 20 economic sectors in
every province and territory of the country. To reflect its diversity,
and provide regional and sectoral balance, the following leaders were
also elected to the union's first National Executive Board:
Lana Payne, Atlantic Director; Katha Fortier, Ontario Director; Scott
Doherty, Western Director; Penny Fawcett, Atlantic Chair; Marcel
Rondeau, Quebec Chair; Dino Chiodo, Ontario Chair; Christy Best,
Prairie Chair; Andrea MacBride, B.C. Chair; Heather Grant,
Transportation Sector; Jean-Pierre Lafond, Forestry; Randy Kitt, Media;
Christine Connor, Retail; Angela Adams, Energy; Gary Beck, Auto; Marc
Rousseau, Communications; Roland Kiehne, Manufacturing, Nancy McMurphy,
Health Care; Earle McCurdy, Resource; Cheryl Robinson, Service; Ruth
Pryce, Racialized Worker; Dave Cassidy, Skilled Trades; Len Harrison,
The convention continues tomorrow when delegates will discuss a
strategic vision and plan for the future and initiatives to broaden the
union's membership, including a push on union organizing drives and
opening Community Chapters. There are more than 4,000 people in
attendance at the Unifor Founding Convention.
In addition to the two-day founding convention, Unifor will also be
hosting a free public concert, #Unifest, at Nathan Phillips Square to
celebrate the founding of the new Canadian union, Sunday, September 1
starting at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature a collection of Canadian
talent - The Stars, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Les Colocs, Sister
Says, DJ Hedspin and host Tash Jefferies.
SOURCE: Unifor the union
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