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CAW, CEP release final proposal for largest industrial union in Canada

Listen to speeches from Dave Coles, CEP National President, Ken Lewenza, CAW National President, Gaetan Menard, CEP Secretary-Treasurer/ Proposal Committee co-chair and Peter Kennedy, CAW Secretary-Treasurer/ Proposal Committee co-chair followed by a question and answer session with the media.

From the press release:

TORONTO -- The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) will release the final proposal which could set the foundation for the largest industrial union in the nation’s history, at a press conference in downtown Toronto on August 1, 2012. 

The press conference will focus on the main proposals, including allocating new resources to major country-wide organizing, determining the name of the possible new union as well as new forms of union membership. 

What: Press conference to release the New Union Proposal Report 

Who: Dave Coles, CEP National President                      

        Ken Lewenza, CAW National President                       

        Gaetan Menard, CEP Secretary-Treasurer/ Proposal Committee co-chair*                       

        Peter Kennedy, CAW Secretary-Treasurer/ Proposal Committee co-chair Members of both unions will also be in attendance (*bilingual) 

When:  Wednesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. 

Where: Ryerson Student Centre, Thomas Lounge                       

          63 Gould Street, Toronto (Church and Dundas) 

The event will also be live streamed at 

The formal discussions between the two unions began more than eight months ago. For more information on the chronology, please visit:

The final report to form a new union will be presented to members of both unions at their respective conventions, who will vote on the proposal.

The CAW convention will be held in Toronto August 20-24 and the CEP convention will be held in Quebec City October 14-17.


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