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Dave Coles was elected as President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) at its 2006 Biennial Convention held in Vancouver. He came to Ottawa after serving for six years as CEP's Western Regional Vice-President. Dave has a long history of labour and community activism and was known as one of the most senior and experienced trade union organizers in Western Canada. He also has a solid reputation as a social activist, having helped to found such progressive national groups as the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.
| August 30, 2013

Unionism, done differently

Progressive voices in this country will soon have a new ally and a new way to come together as two of Canada's leading unions join forces.

These are challenging times for those of us who want to go beyond preserving what is best about this country, but build on it to make Canada a more equitable and more democratic society.

We have leaders in both politics and business who tell us that we can't afford to care for one another, and even claim that Canada only thrives when we compete against each other for scarce jobs and opportunities.

The Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union don't agree, and that's why we are coming together Labour Day weekend to form not only a new union -- Unifor -- but a new kind of union.

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Unifor: A principled and inclusive new Canadian union for changing times

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May 30 will be a date to remember. It was the day thousands tuned in -- some in person, many online -- to find out the long awaited name of our new union.

The word "Unifor" appeared on screen midway through a spectacular public event in Toronto. The new name appeared alongside a bold new logo -- a shield housing a stylized letter "U" in the middle, reflecting the coming together of two unions.

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