Big union merger this weekend
The Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada are set to consummate their merger this weekend.
Unifor, the name of the combined CAW and CEP union, is holding its founding convention in Toronto.
The union will initially represent more than 300,000 workers across roughly 20 sectors of the economy, primarily in manufacturing, communications and transportation.
It will also represent some public sector employees in the health, education and transit sectors.
The CEP and CAW voted last year to join forces, a move they hope will boost the national labour movement.
Officials say the switch to a non-traditional name, one that goes beyond simply listing occupations or industries, signals the union is seeking broader, more diverse membership.