Teamsters Canada was deeply disappointed to learn that Unifor is leaving the CLC. The CLC is still the house of labour, representing 3 million working men and women in Canada. The labour movement is stronger than any single one of its affiliates.
In its letter to the CLC, Unifor claims that international unions do not have legitimate elections for Canadian leadership positions. This is not an accurate portrayal. Many international unions, like Teamsters Canada, enjoy their full autonomy and conduct competitive rank & file elections. Our union is proud of its ‘one member, one vote’ policy. Every member of our union can vote to elect the president of Teamsters Canada.
We live in an era of rising inequality, automation and globalization, Unifor’s “empty chair” policy will end up harming the labour movement. Disagreements in the house of labour must be resolved within the house of labour, not outside.
Teamsters Canada continues to have full confidence in the CLC and its leader Hassan Yussuff. We will continue to work with the CLC for the benefit of our members and all workers.
President of Teamsters Canada
Teamsters Canada represents 125,000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
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