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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.

Last Updated: February 23, 2005 10:52:02 AM