I was deeply disappointed by today’s news that Unifor has decided to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress.  

This evening the CLC held an emergency meeting of our Canadian Council, the CLC’s highest decision-making body between conventions. At this meeting, our affiliates reaffirmed their unanimous support for the CLC and a strong labour movement.

In turn, I stressed that as CLC president, I am committed to resolving this issue and reuniting Canada’s labour movement, and that I take my responsibility to do that very seriously.

I also emphasized that we will not let this development distract us from our important work to improve the day-to-day lives of all Canadians, including:

  • Our campaign for a universal prescription drug plan for all Canadians
  • Winning proactive pay equity legislation
  • Winning fair labour laws and a $15 minimum wage across Canada
  • Negotiating a worker-friendly NAFTA

The CLC has a 61-year history, and is more than just one affiliate – we are 55 international, national and provincial affiliates. We will come out of this stronger than ever.