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CEP delegates support New Union

Quebec City — Oct. 15, 2012

By Aldo Santin, President, CEP Local 191

It was an historic moment at the CEP national convention when delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse the New Union project.

Quebec City — Oct. 15, 2012

By Aldo Santin, President, CEP Local 191

It was an historic moment at the CEP national convention when delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse the New Union project.

Delegates supported a proposal authorizing the CEP national executive to work with the Canadian Auto Workers to draft terms of a constitution for a new union.

Contrary to media reports, CEP delegates did not approve a merger of the two unions — but today’s vote did bring us a step closer to that day.

The six delegates from Local 191 all voted in favour of the New Union resolution.

Today’s vote clears the way for working groups from CEP and CAW to draft not only terms of a new constitution but to set up several working groups to make the New Union a reality.

Once the work of these groups is completed, the terms of the proposed constitution will be brought back to another convention of both CEP and CAW where, meeting separately, delegates of both unions will vote in a secret ballot to formally approve merger. If approved, it is expected that those same delegates will meet together the following day for the historic founding convention of the New Union. That convention will be held sometime in 2013.

According to the final report of the joint CEP-CAW Proposal Committee: “A dynamic new Canadian union has immense potential to strengthen our work on behalf of our members and all workers ….The goal is not just to become larger by combining our resources. We are making a commitment to renew and strengthen all our practices — including organizing, bargaining, education, communications, and political action.”

The final vote was actually anti-climatic: There was some vocal opposition but their numbers were, ultimately, very small. The majority of delegates recognized that CEP must evolve to grow and better represent all our members and become attractive to all working Canadians.

If you have not yet read the New Union report, I would urge you to find the link on Local 191′s home page.

The terms of the proposed constitution will be posted on CEP’s web page and distributed widely when it is completed.

A name and logo for the New Union has not yet been chosen.

PS — It was recently announced that a one-day convention will be held in Toronto on the Labour Day weekend to vote on the new constitution for the new union and a founding convention, alongside delegates from CAW, will be held the following day.

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