CAW and CEP joining forces: New union set to unveil name at event in Toronto

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The following statement about Thursday's announcement was issued jointly by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP). 

CAW and CEP will unveil the name and logo of the new union at a special press event in Toronto on Thursday.

The press conference takes places at the  Sheraton Centre Hotel on Queen Street West, beginning at 11a.m. EST. 

The CAW and CEP are joining together to form a new union that will represent more than 300,000 workers across the country in over 20 different economic sectors. The launch of the new union's name and logo comes one year and a half after discussions and consultations on the New Union Project began. The new name and logo will be voted on by the National Executive Boards of both CAW and CEP, during meetings taking place May 28-29.

Speakers will include:

  • Peter Kennedy, CAW National Secretary-Treasurer and New Union Proposal Committee Co-Chair
  • Gaétan Ménard, CEP National Secretary-Treasurer and New Union Proposal Committee Co-Chair
  • Ken Lewenza, CAW National President
  • Dave Coles, CEP National President,
  • Trish Hennessy, Principal, Hennessy Strategic Communications and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario Director

This announcement is the latest milestone event leading towards the new union's founding convention taking place Labour Day weekend in Toronto from August 30 to September 1. 

Over 150 CAW and CEP local union leaders will be on hand for the name and logo launch, along with allied community representatives and other invited guests. Media are welcome to attend the event.

The launch will also be livestreamed at  and 


Once the name is made public, look for a feature story on examining the process so far behind the development of this new union. 



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