National Council 4000 is the umbrella organization for five (5) regionally based CAW Local
Unions across Canada that represent over 5,000 members in various sectors, largely
Our structure was formed in November of 1997 at our Founding Convention held at the
CAW Family Education Centre, located on the shores of Lake Huron in Port Elgin, Ontario.
|The delegates to this convention voted to change our bargaining unit structure from 45-local unions situated across Canada, and
formed a National Council with five regionally based locals to service members from coast-to-coast.
Our roots began at the start of the railroad, specifically those which were amalgamated to become Canadian National Railways.
This was under the union banner of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers Union (CBRT&GW). The
CBRT&GW, initially called the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Employees (CBRE), was the country's first solely Canadian industrial
union, founded in Moncton, New Brunswick on October 12, 1908. In June of 1994, the CBRT&GW voted to merge with the National
Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (CAW-Canada).
Since the formation of CAW National Council 4000, our structure has continued to grow. Besides workers employed at Canadian
National and VIA Rail Canada, which makes up the majority of our membership, our organization represents workers at Rocky
Mountain Catering Co. in British Columbia; Conductors and Locomotive Engineers at Savage Alberta Railway (now owned and
operated by CN) in Grande Prairie and Grande Cache, Alberta; Coyote Terminals, Judy Vent Investments (Harvey's), and Toronto
Terminals Railway in Ontario; Atlantic Wholesalers (Loblaws) and Results 360 Moncton Logistics Inc. in Moncton, New Brunswick;
DHL Express and Scanwood Canada Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, support staff from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and
workers at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Local Unions within CAW National Council 4000:
Local 4001 - Mountain Region
(B.C., Alberta and Western Saskatchewan)
Local 4002 - Prairie Region
(Eastern Saskatchewan including the City of Saskatoon, Manitoba and North Western Ontario)
Local 4003 - Great Lakes Region
(Central and Southern Ontario)
Local 4004 - St. Lawrence Region
(Quebec, including the City of Ottawa)
Local 4005 - Atlantic Region
(New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador)
CAW National Council 4000 has 10-full time elected representatives to service our membership, which includes a National Council
President, Secretary-Treasurer, and 8 Regional Representatives who serve as Business Agents on behalf of the Locals. Our Council
has offices located in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.
Each Local Union within the National Council has an elected Local President and Financial Secretary, in addition to various other
elected Local representatives such as Unit Chairperson, Local Chairpersons, Vice Local Chairpersons, Health & Safety Chairpersons,
Trustees, Recording Secretaries and Shop Stewards. Within the five Local Unions, each has various Local Units which service
specific sectors or geographical areas within the Local.
CAW National Council 4000 holds a National Convention every three years. Our Founding Convention was held at the CAW Family
Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario in November 1997. Our first convention since the formation of the Council was held in March
2001 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. Our second convention was held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto from
September 23 to September 26, 2004; third convention was held from November 1 to 4, 2007 at the Delta Montreal Hotel, which
also celebrated our 10th anniversary; and our fourth and most recent convention was held from October 1 to 3, 2010 at the Delta
Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CAW National Council 4000 continues to thrive and grow with help from our successful organizing drives to organize "unorganized
workers" who are seeking union representation from Canada's largest private sector Union, CAW-Canada.