The CAW represents people working in the fisheries on both the East and the West coasts, and on Lake Erie. Given the uncertain, seasonal nature of the industry, membership numbers can fluctuate dramatically, depending on the flow of work. The crucial fact for the union is that fisheries workers continue to see the CAW as their voice, and a vehicle for promoting all their interests (including fighting for better social programs, marine infrastructure, and support for coastal communities).
The Fish Food and Allied Workers union (representing fisheries workers in Newfoundland and Labrador) joined the CAW in 1988. It was one of the first groups to merge with our new Canadian union. The United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union in B.C. joined our union in 1996. The CAW also represents members working in fish plants and fisheries operations in Quebec and Ontario. In total, some 11,000 fisheries workers belong to our union.