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What is National Council 4000?

National Council 4000 is the umbrella organization for five (5) regionally based CAW Local Unions across Canada that represents over 5,300 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,
commonly known as 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 Mountaineer Rail Tours in British Columbia; Conductors and Locomotive Engineers at Alberta RailNet in Alberta; Motor Coach Industries, Coyote Terminals, Cara Foods (Harvey's), Toronto Terminal Railway, Judy Vent Investments and Autoport in Ontario; Shawinigan Railway in Quebec; Rivenwood Furniture in New Brunswick; and our newest members from DHL International Express and Scanwood Canada Ltd., both in 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 National Bargaining/Regional Representatives who serve as Business Agents on behalf of the Local membership. 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 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 second convention was held at the Sheraton Centre in Downtown Toronto from September 23 to September 26, 2004.

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.

You can consult the bylaws of the National Council 4000 if you click on the link to a pdf document below.

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Last Updated: March 24, 2006 10:45:33 AM