How would you respond to the headline "No More Auto Workers Union"? Our northern neighbors will likely be bidding goodbye to their Canadian Auto Workers Union, as the membership has agreed to merge with the country's Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that a unanimous vote of delegates at the CAW's convention has approved the merger. If finalized, the new organization will have more than 300,000 members, most of them working in manufacturing, communications and transportation. The CEP still has to vote on the proposal in October, but its president seems bullish on the merger, describing it as a "bigger and better union," according to the report.

CAW president Ken Lewenza (pictured above) agreed, saying, "This union will pose a serious challenge to the unrepresentative, unfair economic and political systems workers now find themselves caught in."

A new name for the combined organization has not yet been determined.


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      Devonblue4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      Letsee here. The average wage in British Colombia: 43,000. Average home price in Vancouver, BC: over $1 million. Good luck on the monthly payments. real wages haven't com close to keeping up with the cost of living, and politicians are asking for a freeze on increases in pay, while giving themselves more of your tax dollars. 40 hour work weeks, the concept of the weekend, restrictions on child-labor, protections against descrimination and unlawful termination, overtime, sick days. ....These are things that did not exist before unions. This country needs unions now more that ever. Because if it doesn't have at least some, the "middle class" is going to disappear. In the US 75% of Americans make less than $50,000 a year, 48% make less than 25,000. So that tells me either deflation has to kick in, or wages have to rise. And it obviously hasn't done so well with individuals bargaining on their own. I really could care less, because I belong to a strong union. Not either of these, but a good one nonetheless. But i do care, mostly because we all benefit from a prospering society. And pointing fingers and saying "those money grubbing unions put companies in jeopardy" should look at the bailout money for wall street CEOs first.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        I agree. I used to be totally against unions until my friend and I had a very friendly argument about why they are needed. unions basically protect the rights of middle class workers and without them those in control would have total control over them and no one in the working class would have no rights to voice their opinion or be able to fight for a better living like executives are allowed. I live in NC where we have a right to fire law that takes away just about all power away from a common worker. You can be fired for whatever reason and you don't have to be told why. It happened to my wife who would work up to 14 hours a day at a restaurant and always received extremely high approval ratings and built up a steady clientele and to me doing maintenance where I received the highest amount of approval among all the workers in the complex. The middle class needs to be able to have some pull and unions give them that. Yes they can be shady sometimes and a little over the top but imagine if there weren't any?
          Rastislav Toth
          • 2 Years Ago
          @OptimusPrimeRib
          Imagine if there weren't any? That's easy. In the US they almost don't exist outside the public sector. Too bad they didn't shrivel up sooner - then we might still have a vibrant domestic steel industry, a healthy airline industry, and car companies that aren't on government life-support. As for the argument that we have 40 hour work weeks and safety regulations - yes unions championed these, but PRODUCTIVITY (what unions typically thwart) made them possible. In any event, these have long since been codified into law. The unions are now devoid of any useful ideas and are unnecessary. Most of the best paying jobs in the service sector like tech jobs are non-union. The idea that unions protect the middle class is a bad joke - the industries they didn't run into the ground they ran out of the country.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @OptimusPrimeRib
          Yep that is how things are supposed to work, dummy. A business owner has a right to hire OR fire anybody they feel fit to. It is HIS or HER business and the government should butt out. Where in the Constitution do you see a right not to be fired? Hiring and firing and new business rising out of the ashes of old ones are what creates a dynamic economy that creates jobs. God the Left is really lacking in understanding of what makes a thriving economy.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        Public sector unions should be illegal, period. The state of CA is being held hostage by big union money that buys power in the Dem controlled senate and assembly. Unions have bankrupted this state. Did you know that state workers can bank 640 hours of Vacation time? Some public servants retire with pensions of over 100K then take 15K of V time when they retire? Unions are the stinking ***** that is ******* the life out of this state. The UAW got ALL of its money back BEFORE the bondholders in the GM BK.....WHY? Oh thats right, the UAW and all of its filthy money has Barry in its pocket. The taxpayers STILL have not got their money back but the UAW got its money........hmmmmmmm funny how that works. Unions are corrupt and revolting in the 21 century. Once they were needed now they are the problem. BUST THE UNIONS NOW!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
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      T3H.G04T
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A new name for the combined organization has not yet been determined." It's easy: Mafia.
      Radwon
      • 2 Years Ago
      "This union will pose a serious challenge to the unrepresentative, unfair economic and political systems workers now find themselves caught in." What century is this guy living in?
      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      5...4...3..2...1...Anti Union conservative talking points.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nathan
        Yeah, I mean everyone has to have the same opinion as you, right?
      blas
      • 2 Years Ago
      you must be this big to ride the gravy train
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting, even the Mafia has corporate mergers.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ewww.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Talk about an unholy alliance!
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unrepresented? Unfair? Try looking at how public employees in Florida are treated, then look back at your own workers and see if it still looks so unfair in comparison. *mutters something about the state unilaterally passing pay-cuts without negotiations on county and city employees*
      Healthy Chap
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was already aware of this, not because it already made news in Canada, but through reps. I won't give you conservative talking points. Instead, I'll tell you that both unions have largely benefited from provincial and federal bailouts, so it's only normal they merge.
      Hampton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this the same union that forced GM contractually to build the new Camaro in Canada because GM was ceasing production of the previous generation Camaro? If so they're way too powerful and have hamstrung GM at the US taxpayers expense enough
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