TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Canadian
Director Ken Neumann today thanked the strong majority of
Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) members who supported a proposed
merger of the two unions, though the merger will not proceed.
"Voting results released Friday show 64.4% of TWU members across Canada
have voted in favour of a merger with the USW. However, the TWU
constitution requires that a merger be approved by 66 2/3% of members,
which is a very high threshold to meet," Neumann said.
The TWU and USW have shared a strategic alliance since 2010. In August
of this year, the two unions reached a tentative merger agreement,
which was followed by two months of consultation by the TWU with its
members and a rank-and-file vote held over the last two weeks.
"We share the sentiments expressed by TWU National President Lee Riggs,
in that we are disappointed with the results of this vote, but we also
understand the constitutional requirements faced by the TWU," Neumann
"We will continue to support and work closely with TWU members and
leaders on the collective challenges we face," Neumann said. "We will
maintain our close strategic alliance with the TWU and build on
our bonds of solidarity and our mutual commitment for a better future
for our respective members across Canada."
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW Canadian National Director, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org