CAW Local 4005 Young Workers Committee
November 13, 2008, 10:50 AM EST
Young members of CAW Local 4005 in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have established the union's newest local union youth committee.
The committee consists of five young members under the age of 30, lead by Chairperson Sebastien Bezeau who says that young workers have an important role to play in building a more vibrant union for the future.
"Our top priorities as a committee focus on the development of our capacities to reach out to new workers and unorganized workers," Bezeau said. "Our union plays an important role in the lives of our members and it's critical that we extend our reach beyond the workplace and into the broader community."
Following an initial survey of Local 4005 young members, the committee established three priority areas to focus their work on in the near term that includes organizing new workplaces, developing a "New Employee Handbook" for members and to initiate dialogue with high school students on the role unions play in the workplace.
CAW Local 4005 represents rail and road transport workers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick at VIA Rail, CN, DHL, as well as workers at Scanwood furniture, the World Trade and Convention Centre and the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.
The Local 4005 committee is the eighteenth local union youth committees established in the CAW and the first committee established in the Maritimes.