CAW and CEP to Merge into “Unifor”
The anticipated merger between the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) will result in the largest private sector union in Canada. Once combined, they will represent more than 300,000 workers in 23 sectors of the economy.
The two unions, who officially merge on Labour Day weekend 2013, recently announced that their name would change to “Unifor” and would sport a red logo with a stylized “U” on a crest. Amidst some surprise on the somewhat unimposing name, labour leaders have explained that “Unifor” stands for “unity, solidarity, strength, determination and a modern forward-looking perspective for everyone”. The announcement of the name and logo followed five months of work by a CAW-CEP group who arranges meetings, focus groups and a survey.
Under the purview of a new National Executive Board, Unifor will look to target retired workers, unemployed workers, workers in workplaces where the union is not yet certified, young people and precarious workers.
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