CEP, CAW to Now Move Forward with Forming Largest Private Sector Union
QUÉBEC CITY, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - CEP local union leaders and members
taking part in the union's convention this week in Québec City have
voted in favour of forming a new union with the CAW.
Yet unnamed, this 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."
CEP and CAW are two of the largest unions ever to come together.
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.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
CEP Communications Director Michelle Walsh (cell) 613-858-9144, email@example.com or CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: English - www.newunionproject.ca French - www.projetnouveausyndicat.ca