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CAW - CEP Merger Talks - Update
CAW - CEP Merger Talks - Update
Volume 12, Issue 2

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CAW - CEP Merger Talks - Update

A New Categorey of Membership Would be Developed...

Canadian Autoworkers Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) unions announced talks in January of 2012 planning to merge the two unions as soon as mid 2013. Clarifying the benefit of such a merger they recently announced that the following people might be able to become members of the union.

“A new category of membership would be developed to allow unemployed workers, workers in workplaces where the union is not yet certified, young people, and precarious or temporary workers to also join the union - albeit without traditional bargaining status.”

~ Ken Lewensa (CAW President)

While they have not explained the benefits they can provide to the above target group the fledgling merger has among other things concluded that they will:

  • Have a percentage based dues regime
  • Increase its organizing budget to more that both previous unions had, combined
  • Undertake an ambitious campaign to organize new members
  • Fund union education programs
  • Maintain a very strong strike defense fund
  • Increased size of its National Executive Board by 12 – 14 members.

CAW/CEP Website "New Union Project"


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