New Union Update

April 5, 2013, 2:40 PM EST


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"Here we are filled with hope and filled with desire," an emotional CAW Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy told hundreds of CAW Council delegates following a detailed presentation on the launch of the New Union.

Kennedy recalled the deep emotions felt 28 years ago when plans were underway for UAW-Canada to become a new Canadian union - the CAW.

"I know we are making the right decision," said Kennedy, who is also co-chair of the New Union Proposal committee co-ordinating plans to join the CAW and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers' Union into a new dynamic, progressive and accessible union of 310,000 members.

He outlined the activities of the six Working Group committees that have been preparing for the launch of the new union including the creation of a new constitution, a new name, logo, communications strategy, organizing model, new executive board, union councils and much more.

Kennedy described the enormous amount of work that is going into preparations to launch the New Union on Labour Day. But Kennedy said this work is motivated by a strong desire to build a new and better union, something that is greater than the simple sum of the two unions.

In the coming weeks a series of regional meetings for leadership, which will also be open to members will be held to outline progress on the New Union project. These meetings will be held:

April 25, Thunder Bay;

April 26, Winnipeg;

April 27, Vancouver;

April 30, Ottawa;

May 6, Windsor;

May 6, Sarnia

May 7, London;

May 7, Brampton;

May 8, Oshawa;

May 11, Halifax;

May 13, Quebec;

May 15, Edmonton;

May 16, Saskatoon;.

There will also be a teleconference meeting May 15, for those who can't attend the other meetings.

Kennedy urged all local unions to discuss the New Union project at membership meetings this spring. They should also pass a motion in support of the formation of the new union which includes reference to the joining of CAW Canada into the new union and the continuation of the local union in the new union.

For more information on the New Union including specific times for the upcoming regional leadership meetings visit http://www.newunionproject.ca/

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