Amalgamations strengthen union locals

Mergers – seen recently at Unifor – can help with workforce reductions, falling membership
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2015

Facing workforce reductions and declining membership, Unifor’s Local 2098 plans to merge with Unifor Local 200.

Local 2098 — which represents workers at Diageo’s Amherstburg, Ont.-based bottling facility — chose to merge with Local 200 — an amalgamated local in Windsor, Ont., representing employees at Ford Motor Company, Nemak, Penske and Voith.

"It was a pretty long process," said Local 2098 president D.J. Lacey. "First of all, we had to discuss it with the executive and our membership as well as with our retirees. From there, we went on to talk with a lot of the locals in our area. We sat down with different leaderships and felt that (Local) 200 was the best fit for us."