A Better World is Possible - 2012 Convention Documents


"Everyday I wake up on the wrong side of capitalism. And everyday I wake up knowing there are more people with me. Enough of us are waking up to fight back," said CAW President Ken Lewenza in his opening address to 1,000 delegates and guests attending the union's 1st Constitutional and Collective Bargaining Convention in Toronto from August 20-24, 2012.

Under the convention theme "A Better World is Possible" delegates debated and discussed crucial issues, including the union's collective bargaining and political action program, that sets the course for the CAW's work in the coming years. Convention attendees, and those following the online video live-stream, heard from a slate of guest speakers, across the spectrum of Canadian society - including Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page and pro-democracy group LeadNow's Julia Pope, among others.

We also witnessed an historic vote, supporting the creation of a new, massive, Canadian union with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP).

Missed parts of the convention? Be sure to check out www.caw2012.ca for on-demand video and re-broadcasts of key speeches, videos and more!

Follow the links below to download convention materials:

A Better World is Possible: Collective Bargaining and Political Action Program 

Chapter 1: Economic and Political Overview
Chapter 2: Profile of the Membership
Chapter 3: CAW Bargaining Philosophy
Chapter 4: Wages
Chapter 5: Pensions
Chapter 6: Benefits
Chapter 7: Jobs and Restructuring
Chapter 8: Equality
Chapter 9: Working Time
Chapter 10: Health, Safety and Environment
Chapter 11: Quebec
Chapter 12: Organizing
Chapter 13: Education and Training
Chapter 14: Skilled Trades
Chapter 15: Community and International Solidarity
Chapter 16: Young Workers

Eighth Report of the Public Review Board

The Public Review Board is comprised of 5 individual board members, with no formal connection to the CAW, to hear the appeals of members that arise in response to internal union decisions. The PRB was designed to support the union's rich, internal democratic processes. Read the 2012 report here.

Convention Resolutons

The following resolutions were endorsed by CAW delegates to the Constitutional and Collective Bargaining Convention.

- Terms of Office
- Mandatory Human Rights Education/Training
- Restore Pension COLA
- Retired Worker Language on Workplace Closure

Click here to download a copy of the resolutions.

New Union Project

Convention delegates voted unanimously in favour of proceeding with the formation of a new, massive Canadian union alongside the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP).

Download the final report of the New Union Proposal Committee by clicking here. For more information on the New Union proposal, visit: www.newunionproject.ca

CAW Secretary-Treasurer Report on Finances

Click here for the full financial presentation delivered by CAW Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy to convention delegates. 

Sector Profiles

Find detailed information on each of the major economic sectors where CAW members work:

- Aerospace
- Air Transportation
- Overall Canadian Economy
- Education
- Fisheries
- General Manufacturing
- General Services
- Health Care
- Hospitality and Gaming
- Independent Auto Parts
- Major Auto
- Marine Transportation
- Mining and Smelting
- Rail Transportation
- Retail and Wholesale
- Road Transportation
- Shipbuilding
- Specialty Vehicles

CAW Video Contest - Winners!

We asked our members to show us, in a video that's under 3 minutes, how the union is working to build a better world. Thirteen videos were submitted from across the country. The CAW Communications department selected the top five videos that were then broadcast at the convention and online. To view each of the winning video submissions, follow the links below:

Getting to Know Your Canada Pension Plan, by Tim Cheung (Local 2002)
What Would Ginger Do? by Jim Sadlemyer (Local 114)
CAW Local 27 & My Sisters' Place, by Dani Bartlett (Local 27)
Plant a Row, Grow a Row, by Jayson Mercier (Local 444)
Another World is Possible, by Sam Doyle (Local 468)