A new Canadian union is being created by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW).
The combined union, named Unifor, revealed the name and logo at a Toronto press conference, May 30.
“Unifor will be a union for young workers, those struggling to piece together part-time work and contract jobs, and other precarious working conditions,” said CEP national president Dave Coles in a news release. “It will be a union for everyone.”
Unifor will consist of 800 local unions and 3,000 bargaining units in more than 20 different sectors. It will represent more than 300,000 members, including close to 7,000 workers in northwestern Ontario.
CAW National President Ken Lewenza said the new union “will be a strong voice and a positive force for change for working people across this nation,”
The founding convention of Unifor takes place on the Labour Day weekend in Toronto.