Message from Ken

I'd like to welcome you to the national website of the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Whether you are looking to join our union, are a new member or are currently active in the CAW, I am sure you will find information here that is of use.

The CAW represents 200,000 members across Canada. We are the largest and fastest growing private sector union in the country.

Our membership has grown steadily over the years through new member organizing and union mergers. In fact, the number of members in our union has doubled since our founding convention in 1985. This is a testament to our union's success at the bargaining table and our willingness to fight for the principles of social justice in Canada.

As our membership has grown and diversified over the years so too has the face of our union changed substantially. I am proud to say that we now represent workers in all sectors of the economy and have a strong foundation of progressive activists representing Women, LGBT members', Workers of Colour, Aboriginals' and Young Workers' communities. 

Each year, thousands of workers from coast to coast make the choice to join our union. These workers join because they want to make a difference - for their families and their communities. 

Whether the issue is wages, job security, improved health care benefits and pensions, child care, legal services support, better working conditions or having a real voice in a democratic workplace, Canadians know that the best way to make these gains is through solidarity and a strong union.

CAW members have access to a team of talented staff who provide world-class support through information, analysis and expertise in a number of areas including collective bargaining, research, health and safety, human rights, communications, pensions and benefits, and legal support.

We are also proud to have an incredible education facility located in Port Elgin, Ontario - one of the most beautiful and well-equipped union education facilities in the world. 

I strongly believe that now, more than ever, working people in Canada need strong union representation to ensure they receive both economic and social justice.  Each year the gap between the rich and the rest of us grows wider, and it is only through the collective power of unions that working people can stand to gain a fair share of the prosperity they've helped to create.

I have always believed that the CAW is a different kind of union because our fight for justice does not stop at the bargaining table.  We continue to be at the forefront on economic and social issues that affect workers at the workplace, in their communities and around the globe.

Ours is a rich history formed by years of workers' struggle and innovation. We have proudly celebrated our victories and have been quick to learn from our defeats.  

Together we have built, and will continue to build, one of the strongest and most influential unions in the world.

In Solidarity,

Ken Lewenza

President, CAW-Canada



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