Please find attached a bulletin regarding CEP construction organizing. This bulletin is for distribution to your membership. Thank you.
SOMETHING NEW IS HAPPENING!
The largest organizing campaign in the history of CEP’s Western Region is underway and our target is the construction industry. Our goal is to become a dominant player in construction by implementing a new approach to union organizing.
WHY CONSTRUCTION? The potential is huge, with more than 20,000 trades people working on non-union job sites across the West.
Unlike many industrial sectors in which CEP is already established, construction promises strong growth over the next 20 to 30 years, particularly in B.C. and Alberta. It is estimated that the industry will need almost 200 thousand new skilled trades workers over the next decade.
WHAT’S THE PLAN? CEP has implemented a new strategy for construction organizing:
WHAT IS CMAW? CMAW is the Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers bargaining council. It is a joint council of CEP Local 470 and the B.C. Carpenters Union.
CAN WE UNIONIZE MEGAPROJECTS? Our efforts are underway and have already produced results. CEP has a major role in the construction of the Horizon oil sands project in Alberta.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR MEMBERS IN PULP AND PAPER?
Rather than leaving upgrading and maintenance construction to non-union workers, we have aggressively pursued a strategy that brings the work into CEP.
WILL WE BE FIGHTING OTHER UNIONS?
Just as other unions are free to organize in the paper, energy and communications sectors, CEP has the right to expand in construction. We have targeted non-union workers only and it is not our intent to take members away from any other CLC affiliated union.
A BIGGER, STRONGER CEP!
Construction organizing represents a bold new step for CEP. New members with strong collective agreements will bolster our numbers, previously decimated by plant closures and downsizing in our traditional sectors. It will ensure that CEP continues to provide excellent services to its members in the coming decades. Organizing is the life blood of any union and in CEP, our future is bright!