CEP and CAW to Release Blueprint of Possible New Canadian Union

July 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EST


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The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) will release the final proposal which could set the foundation for the largest industrial union in the nation's history, at a press conference in downtown Toronto on August 1, 2012.

The press conference will focus on the main proposals, including allocating new resources to major country-wide organizing, determining the name of the possible new union as well as new forms of union membership.

What:                  Press conference to release the New Union Proposal Report

Who:                   Dave Coles, CEP National President
                            Ken Lewenza, CAW National President
                            Gaetan Menard, CEP Secretary-Treasurer/ Proposal Committee co-chair*
                            Peter Kennedy, CAW Secretary-Treasurer/ Proposal Committee co-chair

Members of both unions will also be in attendance (*bilingual)

When:               Wednesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Where:              Ryerson Student Centre, Thomas Lounge
                          63 Gould Street, Toronto (Church and Dundas)

Members of the media who are unable to attend, but wish to participate can call into the event at:
416-764-8646 (local) or 1-888-396-8049 (toll free).
The event will also be live streamed at www.rabble.ca

The formal discussions between the two unions began more than eight months ago. For more information on the chronology, please visit: www.newunionproject.ca

The final report to form a new union will be presented to members of both unions at their respective conventions, who will vote on the proposal. The CAW convention will be held in Toronto August 20-24 and the CEP convention will be held in Quebec City October 14-17.

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