National Council 4000 is the umbrella organization for five (5) regionally based CAW Local Unions across
Canada that represents over 5,600 members in various sectors, largely within the railway industry.
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.
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, was Canada's first sole Canadian Union, founded in Moncton, New Brunswick on
October 12, 1908. In 1994, the CBRT&GW voted to merge with the
National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of 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 Mountaineer Vacations in British Columbia;
Conductors and Locomotive Engineers at CN based Grande Prairie and Grande Cache, Alberta (formerly Savage
Alberta Railway); Motor Coach Industries, Coyote Terminals, Cara Foods (Harvey's), Toronto Terminal Railways,
Judy Vent Investments and Autoport in Ontario; Shawinigan Railway in Quebec; Scanwood Canada Ltd. in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, DHL International Express, World Trade and Convention Centre and
support staff from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour 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 Local membership. Our Council has offices located in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal,
Each Local Union within the National Council has an elected Local President and Financial Secretary, in addition to
elected Local Representatives such as Local Chairpersons, Vice Local Chairpersons, Health, Safety and
Environment Chairpersons, Trustees, Recording Secretaries and various 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 next
convention was held at the Sheraton Centre in Downtown Toronto from September 23 to September 26, 2004.
This year, from November 1 to 4, 2007, CAW National Council 4000 held their third triennial convention
at the Delta Montreal on President Kennedy Street in Downtown Montreal, Quebec.
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.