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CMAW 5th Convention Convention Brings New Name, Better Benefits
On May 28, 2014, over sixty delegates representing workers from across Canada gathered for the CMAW 5th Annual Convention at the St. Eugene Resort just outside Cranbrook, BC.They managed to accomplish a great deal in two full days of meetings and presentations. The site itself is an inspiring location; a former residential school on reservation land that the local First Nations band has converted into a successful business enterprise
The days were busy, filled with work and active participation, but there was also the opportunity for members from across the union to hang out together at the resort, get to know each other, and strengthen their sense of being one union.
The most apparent accomplishment by the Convention was a vote to change the union's name, from Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers Bargaining Council to Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers Canada.
The new name reflects our national membership and influence better - for example, we have members from every province who travel to work in Fort McMurray, the engine room of the Canadian economy- and it indicates that we have no parent union in Ottawa or abroad.
The most significant change was less obvious. The Convention voted to merge its BC and Alberta Benefit plans, the Carpentry Workers Benefit Plan, and the CMAW Benefit Plan. Fred Kuhn, Chair of the Trustees of the Carpentry Workers Benefit Plan, says this is a very smart step. "It simplifies things for our members because there's less administration and we can provide better coverage for the same cost."
The Convention was hosted by Local 2300 which has approximately 500 members from the areas of Castlegar,Trail, Nelson, Cranbrook and Grand Forks.
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