Unions plan cross-border links

Year Published:  1990
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX4088

Canadian and U.S. communications workers have agreed to co-operate against telecommunications companies that try to move to low-wage areas to avoid paying union rates. The Communications and Electrical Workers of Canada have formed an alliance with the Communications Workers of America to engage in joint action "to defend union and workers' rights in North America, including Mexico". The first concrete step is a joint organizing campaign directed at workers in a company that manufactures computer components in Ontario, Quebec, and New York state, which pays "substandard wages and benefits, exploits immigrant workers and threatens to move jobs every time the people try to organize." The idea of the joint organizing campaign is to "create a situation where the company has no place to run to."

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