New union name to be discussed at April/May meetings
Regional forums on new union issues will be held in April and May for local union leaders from both CEP and the CAW to receive feedback on preliminary recommendations from six working groups.
Those regional meetings will put special focus on reviewing initial proposals regarding:
the name, logo, and identity of the new union;
the new union’s constitution; and
initial recommendations regarding non-traditional membership structures and organizing strategies.
Six specialized Working Groups have been established to talk through the details of forming a new union and will make final recommendations to both the CEP and CAW National Executive Boards in late May.
As part of their deliberations, the Working Groups will consider feedback from the regional meetings as they fine-tune their recommendations regarding all aspects of the new union’s philosophy, structure, and operations.
The new union’s founding convention will be held August 30 to September 1 in Toronto – just in time for members to march under their new banner in the 2013 Labour Day parades that will occur across Canada.
The founding convention will approve the new union’s constitution and plan of action, and elect its first leaders.
The Working Groups are addressing the following areas:
Constitution: Draft a formal constitution and other founding documents and policies. This working group will also take responsibility for ensuring the smooth maintenance of bargaining rights.
Communications: Undertake research, consultation, and testing work associated with selecting a name and logo for the new union, and prepare an ambitious communications strategy for the new union’s launch.
Organizing: Draft an ambitious organizing strategy, including a “wave” of organizing initiatives to be launched when the new union is formed. This group will also design and implement the Proposal Committee’s vision for new non-traditional forms of membership.
Implementation: Develop an implementation and transition plan for consolidating the two unions (including the integration of offices, information systems, national departments, and other operational matters).
Staff Relations: A leadership team from both unions will initiate discussions with the various staff unions at both the CAW and CEP to ensure a fair, secure transition for the unions’ employees (including non-represented employees). The two unions have already committed that no union employees will be laid-off as a result of the creation of the new union.
Convention: Oversee organization and logistics associated with the founding convention of the new union.
Most of the Working Groups held initial meetings before the Christmas holiday shut-down. Further meetings of each group took place in January, and more will occur regularly through the next several months.
See the New Union website for more informaiton ...