A New Kind of Union

This book describes the unique process by which the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) decided not just to merge but to create a new union that would be more democratic, more inclusive and more powerful. And how, two years later, a new union with a new name was founded.

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson played a key organizing and planning role in the New Union Project, which culminated in the creation of Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union. He was the Director of Strategic Planning for Unifor during its first three years. Fred lives in Ottawa.

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Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, overviews why Unifor is an important institution in Canadian labour and briefly documents his experience in its foundation. 4 $0.40

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Peter Kennedy, Unifor’s former secretary treasurer, briefly explains why he is proud to have played a part in the creation of Unifor. 4 $0.40

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An introduction to the development Canadian labour has undergone in the 21st century. Highlights some of the key players and organizations in the creation of Unifor as well as gives background … 12 $1.20

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Documents Canadian labour and the issues that it faced from 2011 – 2012. Details the key events and discussions which led to the creation of Unifor and gives a history of the roles … 31 $3.10

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Details and overviews the discussions held between the CEP and the CAW as the New Union Project moved forward. A brief history of the committee which discussed and proposed goals for the New … 29 $2.90

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Describes the continued efforts of the CEP and the CAW to negotiate the New Union Project from 2012-2013. Analyzes debates over how the new union can represent Canadians from a wide variety of … 38 $3.80

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Describes the concrete steps that were taken in 2013 as Unifor began to take shape, including the naming and logo design process, decisions on leadership and finalizing policy. Documents the … 41 $4.10

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Documents the immediate effect Unifor had on Canadian labour after its founding in 2013. Provides a brief overview of Unifor’s policies and how they affected Canadian labour and politics, … 63 $6.30

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Economist and union activist Jim Stanford looks back on Canada’s union movement since 2011 and how Canadian labour fares compared to other countries with the use of key graphs and statistics. 22 $2.20