On January 16, 2006, a number of Canadian Unions signed a "Mutual Aid and Assistance pact to promote and protect collective bargaining in Canada". The four (4) unions are National Union of Public General Employees (NUPGE), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada), the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF), and the Canadian Professional Police Association (CPPA). These unions represent some 800,000 workers in Canada.
The pact signatories recognize that freedom of association, and the right to organize and bargain collectively in Canada, are under significant pressure. Accordingly, the signatories have agreed to focus their cooperative efforts to enhance the ability of their combined organizations to prevent further erosion of these fundamental human rights.
This is an interesting development in Canadian labour relations and we will have to see what measures and initiatives are taken by this powerful group to further their shared aims and objectives.