Media Advisory - Unifor members to meet at first annual convention


VANCOUVER, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Nearly 1,500 Unifor activists from across Canada will gather on September 13 to 15 to meet as a national council for the first time since the formation of the union in 2013. The meeting will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

"Unifor has had an incredible first year. We have begun to change the debate in this country, but there is still much more work to do," said Unifor's National President Jerry Dias.

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  • 9 a.m. BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair
  • 10:15 a.m. Unifor President Jerry Dias
  • 11 a.m. Native Women's Association of Canada President Michèle Taïna Audette
  • 11:50 a.m. AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis
  • 1:30 p.m. Official Opposition Leader Hon. Tom Mulcair
  • 2 p.m. Union of BC Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Philip Stewart



  • 9:30 a.m. Unifor Quebec Director Michel Ouimet
  • 10:45 a.m. Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy
  • 11:15 a.m. Actor and Activist Danny Glover
  • 2 p.m. Journalist and Author Linda McQuaig



  • 10 a.m. Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff


Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.