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CAW CEP Announce Joint Proposal
"Towards a New Union"
August 1, 2012
| Dave Coles|
CEP National President
"We are here today to present the report on the formation of a new union. A report that has been drafted by a joint committee and that unanimously recommended it to our two unions. Both national union executive boards have also endorsed the recommendation of this proposal. We envision this new union as being able to more effectively and efficiently take forward the needs and desires of working people across Canada. We want to ensure that any worker in Canada who wants to be represented by a union, will be represented by a union."
| Peter Kennedy|
CAW National Secertary-Treasurer
"From its inception, this has been a strategic, proactive initiative. We are talking about creating a new organization. It's been very open, our membership have been involved in the process. We have issued communiqués and reports to the membership. Leaders from CEP and CAW have come together to give their input into the process, to give their thoughts on what this new organization should look like. The new union will have a critical mass in at least twenty key sectors of the Canadian economy. It will not just represent those in certified bargaining units, it will be open to the un-employed, it will be open to students, it will be open to self-employed, it will be open to freelance workers. It will be open to anybody who shares the values."
| Gaétan Ménard|
CEP National Secretary-Treasurer
"What we want to build is an organization that will be present in each and every community across the country. This is where it all starts. It is with your neighbours, with your friends, with your brothers and sisters in your family, in the community. This is where we have to be connected, this is where we have to be present and this is where we have to be active. We want this organization to become the reference for social justice issues everywhere, in each community of this country and I strongly believe that the structure that we are building and the way we are addressing that, I think it will happen. Please brothers and sisters take the time to read the report you are going to see a vision, you are going to see what we want to achieve, you will see something that I believe will change the face of this country"
| Ken Lewenza|
CAW National President
"This is an historic day for our unions, for CEP, for CAW. Both of us have great pride in our separate organizations but recognize the status quo is not acceptable in winning justice for workers as we move forward. This is a proud day for all of us. We went from city to city, we went from province to province, we met with our leadership we met with our activist base and there is a sense of enthusiasm out there that I have not seen in the labour movement for some time. We are proud of our accomplishments, we are excited, we are inspired. We are looking forward to the opportunities. Our goal is simple, we want to launch this new union in 2013. We want the democratic processes of CEP and CAW to work itself out in the next few months and sometime in 2013,we'll bring all of our coalition partners together. We'll bring both organizations together and we'll have a vision for Canada that is much different than the vision we have today. Our message is as a combined organization we are going to defend those rights, we are going to win justice. We are going to partner with labour councils, we are going to partner with affiliated unions we are going to partner with this great university called Ryerson where there is a lot of activism that needs a voice in our union."
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