USW, TWU merger made official

Communications staff to form single unit within Steelworkers' union
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2014

A years-long strategic alliance between the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) became a permanent partnership when the two unions merged in November.

The TWU — representing 12,000 members across Canada at telecommunications companies including Telus and Shaw Communications — officially merged with 225,000 members of the USW on Nov. 7 after a long and arduous selection process.

And unlike last year’s Unifor merger — in which the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers formed one super union — the TWU will remain intact as Local 1944, an autonomous national local within the USW.