New super-union Unifor targets unlikely membership

CAW, CEP merge to create largest private sector union in the country
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/09/2013

Over the labour day weekend, Unifor — the largest private sector union in the country representing about 300,000 workers across 20 industries — held its founding convention in Toronto.

Formed after the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) union merged, the move signals a cultural shift in the labour movement.

By harnessing the resources of both groups, Unifor will be in a better position to spread its message into uncharted territory rather than only to repair the hit many unions have taken over the last few decades.