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Ontario Information Sessions


Over the next few weeks a series of information sessions on Unifor’s recent decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress will be held across Ontario. These meetings will provide a forum to communicate the reasons for the disaffiliation and engage in an open discussion to address any questions or concerns that members may have.  

For information on a session near you click here

Did the NEB decision to disaffiliate (leave) the Canadian Labour Congress violate the Unifor Constitution?


Absolutely not.  The National Executive Board (NEB) acted in accordance with the Unifor Constitution. In Unifor’s governance structure the NEB is the union’s highest authority between Conventions. The NEB is empowered to make decisions on behalf of the union as set out in the Constitution. NEB decisions are approved by a majority vote, and in this circumstance the decision on disaffiliation was unanimously approved.

Article 19.2 of the Constitution specifically outlines that the NEB is authorized to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress, and thereby given the authority to act where the Board determines it is necessary. Consistent with article 19.2, the NEB is the initial deciding authority, and the action to disaffiliate is subject to final review and approval by delegates at the next Canadian Council. Unifor’s Canadian Council is held once a year in August and in 2018 it is scheduled to take place in Halifax on August 17-19, 2018.

An example of the NEB’s governing authority to make a similar decision already occurred in 2016. In November of that year the NEB first discussed a motion to suspend per capita and participation of Unifor locals in the B.C. Federation of Labour. The NEB motion was passed by a unanimous vote and affirmed at the next B.C. Regional Council by delegates. Since the time this decision was made, Unifor has resolved issues within the B.C. Federation and Unifor locals are active participants and paying per capita.

Solidarity Forever


By Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director

Solidarity is what we build!

Most who know me, know of my profound respect for central labour organizations, as a force to build solidarity among unions, and bring about change for working people. This is especially true of federations of labour and labour councils across the country, where grassroots campaigning and mobilizing happens.

As a past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), I also know how challenging this is.

Solidarity is not automatic, a guaranteed outcome because we are part of the club. It must be built. Every single day. It is built around the work we do together. Read more.

Facts on Unifor’s disaffiliation from the CLC


Why did Unifor leave the CLC?

This dispute is about the governance of the Canadian Labour Congress and its failure to prevent attacks on workers from their U.S.-based unions. Read more.

Notice to Members on Unifor’s Disaffiliation from the Canadian Labour Congress


Over the course of the past year Unifor has been vocal and public about our concern with US-based unions trampling on the rights of workers and their democratic right to choose their own representation or to express dissent. Read more.