May 27, 2008
CAW Alberta Locals meet in Calgary to discuss organizing and training in the province
Leaders of the various CAW Alberta-based Locals met this past weekend in Calgary to discuss a variety of topics, including educational planning and
organizing in the province.  The CAW is looking to expand its membership in Alberta, a province with the highest non-unionized workforce.  CAW Local 4001,
which is a division of Council 4000, has expressed interest to the national union of organizing and expanding its own membership base in Alberta and B.C.

Local 4001 President Ron Shore and Regional Representative Barry Kennedy met separately with national staff in Calgary to discuss organizing workers in
Alberta to become new members of Local 4001 and Council 4000.  "The timing is right for such an initiative," said Kennedy.  

Ron Shore said that Local 4001 has experienced Local officers already in place in Alberta that can help in representing new members in various locations in
the province until the new workers organize and elect their own workplace representatives.  "We have two full time and very experienced Regional Reps that
can oversee and assist our Local in this type of initiative.  It would be exciting to see new members join our Local in addition to the new members recently hired
at CN, CNTL and Savage Alberta Railway," said Shore.

The CAW is presently looking at the potential of signing up approximately 63 new members who would become members of Local 4001 in B.C.  More details
will be published when its appropriate to do so.

Besides Shore and Kennedy, other Local 4001 representatives in attendance at the two day CAW meetings in Calgary was Martin Malaska - Local Unit
Chairperson of the Alberta South Unit based in Calgary; Sandy Barwell - Local Unit Chairperson of the Alberta Administration/VIA Rail Unit based in Edmonton;
and Dave Judge - Local Unit Chairperson of the Alberta North Unit based in Grande Prairie.

Additional organizing meetings will be held in Calgary on June 14th and in Edmonton on June 21.

More on this topic and upcoming educational courses that were scheduled during these meetings will be posted in the next couple of weeks.
 
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