Jan 17, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Canada’ biggest private sector union says it is splitting with the Canadian Labour Congress – over issues which include disagreements about the rights of workers to choose which union should represent them.

In a letter to the CLC, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and Quebec director Renaud Gagne say the congress has also been less than supportive – of their concerns about American-based unions “trampling on the rights” of workers.

The national executive board has voted unanimously Tuesday – to discontinue Unifor’s membership in the CLC effective immediately.

And in a separate letter to CLC president Hassan Yussuff posted on Unifor’s website – Dias says Unifor’s request to join a CLC committee studying the issue of workers’ rights to switch unions – has been ignored – and it’s “unfathomable” that the largest private-sector union would not be part of that work.

Dias also charges that the CLC has failed to deal with two instances of U.S.-based unions interfering in elections – for Canadian local leadership.

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