Possible Union Merger Could Include Services for Non-Members
Private sector unions in Canada are searching for ways to be relevant to all working Canadians. Two unions in particular are mulling a plan.
They are the Canadian Auto Workers Union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union which have been in merger talks since late last year. The talks continue steadily but the latest big news is what could come out of them.
The merged union could act as a sort of consulting agency for those not represented by organized labour. As they struggle to stay relevant in tough economic times, some are looking at this plan as the next step in the evolution of private sector unions.
The way it would reportedly work is that the union would charge regular dues, just like it would for members, allowing unrepresented workers access to everything from advice on their labour rights, and possibly joining union health benefit programs which would provide them with preferential rates. CAW charges its members anywhere from $25 to $75 based on earnings.
The CEP represents some 120-thousand workers while the CAW has 195-thousand.
The two unions have formed a new website detailing their plans.
(most files by M. Carcasole)