Unifor leader says it’s time to ‘stop playing defence’

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Description: Jerry Dias, the new leader of Unifor, says it is time for unions to go on the offensive. He promises to spend 10 per cent of the newly merged union’s revenues on organizing and increasing membership. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 08/31/2013 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/newly-elected-unifor-leader-says-he-is-taking-labour-movement-on-the-offensive/article14063604/ Related links: Unifor Canadian Press story Globe story on… Read more »

Steelworkers, TWU to merge

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Description: The United Steelworkers union, which represents 225,000 Canadian workers, and the Telecommunications Workers Union, which represents 13,000, have tentatively agreed to merge – the second large private-sector union merger of the year. Source: CBC Date: 08/30/2013 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/08/30/steelworkers-telecommunications-union-merger.html Related links: Union media release Canadian Press story Canadian Labour Reporter story The United Steelworkers The… Read more »

Unions merge in hopes of reversing decline

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Description: With organized labour on the defensive across the country, the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada are merging to create a 300,000-member union called Unifor. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 08/08/2013 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/unions-political-calculus-with-numbers-come-power/article13678660/ Related links: Unifor CAW CEP Financial Post story CTV story Questions for discussion: Who… Read more »

Union calls Target hiring practices unfair

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Description: The United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada says Target’s  practice of guaranteeing interviews – but not jobs – to Zellers employees in Thunder Bay is unfair. Source: CBC Date: 03/12/2013 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/03/12/tby-targer-hiring-thunder-bay-store.html Related links: UFCW statement Target Canada Earlier story Target Fairness campaign Earlier update Slaw legal blog discussion of successorship Questions for… Read more »

TWU to hold merger vote with Steelworkers

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Description: Leaders of the Telecommunications Workers Union have voted to begin a merger process with the Steelworkers union. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 11/28/2012 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/16808-twu-members-to-vote-on-potential-merger-with-united-steelworkers Related links: Telecommunications Workers Union United Steelworkers Union TWU merger update A history of the USW An earlier merger between the USW and the IWA A list of mergers… Read more »

CEP votes to join CAW

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Description: Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union members have voted at their annual convention to merge with the Canadian Auto Workers union, forming Canada’s largest private-sector union. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 10/15/2012 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/16458-cep-votes-in-favour-of-super-union-with-caw Related links: CTV story CBC story Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Canadian Auto Workers union Earlier update Questions for… Read more »

BC licensed practical nurses switch unions

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Description: B.C.’s licensed practical nurses have voted to leave the Hospital Employees’ Union for the B.C. Nurses’ Union. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 10/05/2012 Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/After+bitter+battle+LPNs+join+Nurses+Union/7352263/story.html Related links: LPNCafe – A blog run by a B.C. LPN Hospital Employees’ Union B.C. Nurses’ Union Questions for discussion: What do licensed practical nurses do? What reasons does this… Read more »

Autoworkers vote to merge with CEP

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Description: Members of the Canadian Auto Workers have voted to merge with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The resulting union, if approved by CEP members in October, will represent 325,000 workers. Source: CBC Date: 08/22/2012 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/08/22/wdr-caw-merger.html Related links: CTV story Financial Post story Canadian Auto Workers union Communications, Energy and Paperworkers… Read more »

Ontario Zellers workers ratify contract

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Description: Unionized workers at Ontario Zellers stores have ratified a three-year contract that provides increased severance pay as the company’s stores are sold to non-union retailers from the U.S. Source: CBC Date: 02/20/2012 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/02/20/toronto-ontario-zellers-workers-union.html Related links: Canadian Labour Reporter story United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 Zellers Target Wal-Mart Canada Questions for discussion:… Read more »

‘A moment of truth for Canadian labour’

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Description: As two of Canada’s largest unions explore a merger, a confidential union report says that labour must become more relevant to Canadians. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 01/26/2012 Link: http://www.thestar.com/article/1121505–unions-must-change-quickly-to-survive-says-secret-report-by-cep-caw Related links: Canada.com story Canadian Business story CTV story The CAW The CEP Questions for discussion: Why do you think these two unions are… Read more »