Ontario members are engaging in a series of information sessions on Unifor’s decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress, taking place across the province in February.
The union’s Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi has been leading the meetings to provide background on the events that led to the decision to disaffiliate and to host an open conversation with members to address any questions or concerns.
“As a union we don’t shy away from making difficult decisions or from holding frank discussion on those choices,” said Rizvi. “Our stand on the CLC has led to public attacks on Unifor so I appreciate the opportunity to refute the outrageous claims and reiterate the principles of our union which led to this decision.”
Member feedback at the meetings has made it clear that the priority is to ensure that the grassroots activist work in communities continues.
“Unifor has ceased affiliation to the CLC, but we will not be disengaging from our responsibilities or from the real work at collective and political bargaining tables and in the streets,” said National President Jerry Dias in a recent letter.
You can find all related letters, documents and resources along with the most recent updates at: unifor.org/fixtheclc.
Member sessions have been held in Belleville, Brampton, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, Oshawa, Peterborough and Windsor with meetings scheduled in St. Catharines on February 22 and Toronto on February 23.
“The participation and input from members has been invaluable,” said Rizvi. “There is no doubt that the strength of our solidarity will see us through this and help to build a stronger and healthier Canadian labour movement going forward.”