CAW CEP Merger Talks Ongoing, Merger Possible By Mid-2013

By on Jan 25, 2012 in Business, Economy, North America, World Comments
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The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), two of the biggest private-sector labor unions in Canada are in talks for a possibility of creating a new and merged organization by the middle of 2013, Canadian news sites reported on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

According to reports, the two unions said they are in preliminary discussions for “several weeks” already wherein the executive boards have unanimously voted to formally explore a merger.

“Our movement cannot afford a ‘business-as-usual’ approach in light of the attacks we face from both business and government. We need to combine our resources, and use them more effectively, if we are to protect Canadian jobs and push for greater equality in this incredibly hostile economic environment,” CAW National President Ken Lewenza reportedly said in a statement.

A report on whether a merger is “feasible and desirable” will be issued ahead of each union’s convention. The CEP will meet in October while the CAW will meet in August.

“Our goal is to create a new, Canadian union. We are examining every aspect of our work as trade unions, from organizing to bargaining to political activism. We are working to create a stronger union movement and a better future for workers,” Dave Coles, president of the CEP, was quoted as saying.

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