CEP union on verge of joining the CAW union in October
One of Crofton pulp mill's unions is poised to join the large CAW union this fall.
An Aug. 22 vote by about 1,000 delegates of the Canadian Auto Workers union saw unanimous approval in moving to form a new union with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.
The CEP has 100-plus workers at the mill, and represents a dozen staffers at the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial.
The recent ballot is the first of two before the new union can be created.
CEP members will vote on the new union proposal during its Oct. 14 to 17 convention in Quebec City, Canada News Wire reported.
CAW president Ken Lewenza said the new union could spell stronger democracy in Canada, and greater community involvement.
CEP boss Dave Coles agreed, signalling the new organization, with some 300,000 members, could mean a new kind of labour movement in Canada.