VANCOUVER, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Two major unions in the construction industry in Western Canada and
Quebec have joined forces to create greater job opportunities for the
27,000 members of the two organizations across Canada.
CMAW, which has members working in the four western provinces, and CSD
Construction in Quebec, have formally signed a Mutual Agreement for
Cooperation. The immediate goal is to provide CMAW with access to
additional skilled construction tradespeople to work on existing CMAW
projects in the west, particularly in the Alberta oil sands.
"There are many more constructions jobs opening up in the west, and we
simply don't have enough trained and skilled tradespeople to fill those
jobs," said CMAW President Jan Noster.
"We invited representatives from CSD Construction to attend our
convention in Kelowna, BC on May 8 and 9 of this year, and we learned
that they are a highly-democratic and independent union much like
ourselves. We could see we would be a good fit, so we made an
He said that CSD Construction has never been implicated in the bribery,
corruption and organized crime allegations which currently plague the
Quebec construction industry, and which are now the subject of a public
inquiry established by the Quebec government.
Patrick Daigneault, President of CSD construction, said they sought out
CMAW because they saw value in establishing a relationship with a large
union that was active in the construction industry in the west.
"This agreement will be good for members of our union during slack times
in construction in Québec. CMAW has experience working with
construction workers from Quebec, and we believe this new relationship
will be good for both unions and will provide employers with the
skilled trades they desperately need."
CSD members working under a CMAW contract will not pay more dues, and
they will be able to have their pension and benefit contributions
transferred back to their plans in Quebec. The same arrangements would
apply to CMAW workers under a CSD Construction contract.
Both union officials also noted that the agreement will create more jobs
in Canada for Canadian workers so employers will not have to rely on
temporary foreign workers. The two organizations will also collaborate
in expanding the contractor base through inter-provincial organizing,
supporting Canadian autonomy for members of US-based unions, and
collaborating on craft and safety training.
Noster said CMAW was previously associated with the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union and had a working relationship with FTQ
Construction, but severed both of those relationships last year.
CMAW (Construction, Maintenance & Allied Workers) declared its
independence from the US-based International Carpenters Union in 2004,
and established itself as an independent union in construction across
western Canada, with 7,000 members.
CSD Construction (Syndicat des travailleurs de la construction) was
formed 40 years ago as a member-run democratic union representing all
crafts in the construction industry in Quebec. It has 25,000 members.
SOURCE CSD Construction
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Editors: for further information:
CMAW, Jan Noster, President, 604-785-4904
CSD Construction, Patrick Daigneault, Président, 514-899-1029