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Big unions propose merger

Growing weariness in Canada's labour movement coupled with the federal government's "assault on labour rights" have made it necessary for two of the country's largest private sector unions to merge, the key players said Wednesday.

Growing weariness in Canada's labour movement coupled with the federal government's "assault on labour rights" have made it necessary for two of the country's largest private sector unions to merge, the key players said Wednesday. The Canadian Auto Workers Union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said the groups must join forces in order to ensure protection for existing members and inject life back into the national labour movement. A 16-member committee from both unions unanimously urged the organizations to formally merge by 2013. The recommendation is subject to approval from both unions who will vote at conventions later this year.

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