Media conference hears about new union progress

CEP and CAW members will be receiving information about what a proposed new union might look like over the course of the next few months, according to representatives from both unions speaking at the 2012 CEP Media Conference held in Victoria over the weekend.

“We will soon be putting some meat on the bones,” said CEP President Dave Coles, noting that the outline of a structure must be ready for the CAW convention in August when delegates will vote on whether or not to move forward with the new union proposal.

“We encourage all CEP locals and members to give us input about what they think the new union should look like,” said CEP Secretary-Treasurer Gaétan Ménard. Officers have been attending meetings across the country to get that input.

Both Ménard and Coles, as well as CAW western Canada director Susan Spratt, noted that certain fundamental principles had already been agreed to by both sides in the discussion. Among these are: the importance of local autonomy, that the new union will be militant and politically progressive and that organizing will be a top priority.

Delegates had a lively debate about media sector’s priorities for the new union. Two resolutions were passed calling for a formal media sector.

Information about the new union can be found at

Local 2000 delegates attending the conference were officers Mike Bocking, Andrea MacBride, Rob Munro and Gary Engler, as well as Tani Rademaker from the Salmon Arm Observer and Lyle Dyck from the Victoria Times Colonist.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 3:02 pm and is filed under Local News.