Mega-union already impacting industry: Leaders

CAW, CEP say merger will broaden impact in health-care, mining, telecom sectors
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/29/2012

With the merger between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) unions all but complete, discussion within the proposed mega-union is shifting toward the creation of industry councils and how they might influence the future of those industries.

The mega-union will be Canada’s largest private-sector union with 300,000 members covering all provinces and territories.

“Where we’re weak, they’re strong. Where we’re strong, they’re weak,” says Ken Lewenza, president of the CAW.