CAW, CEP to join forces to create larger, stronger union

CAW, CEP to join forces to create larger, stronger union
Thu, May 30

The Canadian Auto Workers will team with another large Canadian labor union to create Unifor, a larger and stronger union composed of more than 800 local shops in 20 different sectors, the two unions said Tuesday.

Unifor will consist of the CAW and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and will represent more than 300,000 Canadian union workers after a founding convention later this summer.

“We’re here to show that we will be a strong voice and a positive force for change for working people across this nation,” CAW National President Ken Lewenza said in a statement.

CAW and CEP delegates will vote in Toronto in late August to form Unifor and merge unions.

The CAW, founded in 1985, currently has 193,000 members, many of whom work in auto factories for U.S. automakers Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, making popular vehicles like the Chevrolet Equinoz and Chrysler 300. The CEP has 110,000 members.

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