I reach out to you today to address Unifor’s recent disaffiliation from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
The action impacts both our union and the labour movement as a whole. Like many of you, I’ve been in deep and necessary discussions with fellow Unifor members, members of other unions, and members of the broader community regarding our union’s choice to disaffiliate from the CLC.
I know that many of you have worked shoulder to shoulder with compatriots at the CLC on campaigns that have achieved major gains for the labour movement, such as Bill 148 which resulted in the largest minimum wage increase in Canadian history.
Together we have made a difference in the lives of workers. The decision to disaffiliate does not detract from that work or its achievements. I know that some of you may feel confused and may be left with questions on where the disaffiliation leaves you in relation to the wider labour movement. Our commitment to labour, solidarity and activism, and our desire for change to improve conditions for workers and create a better society remain unchanged. These are the very principles behind the bold decision to disaffiliate.
Taking a stand is not always easy and I want to thank all of the members who have defended our union in conversations with fellow Unifor members, other unionists, friends, family and members of the wider community. As I read posts and tweets on the disaffiliation it was inspiring to see our members counter false claims with vigor, using the facts and the knowledge of who we are as a union.
As we continue through this process, Unifor is committed to complete transparency with membership. To that end, the most recent information can be found on our website at unifor.org/fixtheclc. Here you will find the latest news along with an overview of the issue, a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet, and a helpful resource section.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Ontario Regional Director