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Unifor officially takes shape at historic union convention


 In an event befitting the historic creation of one of the biggest private sector unions in Canada, Unifor came to life Saturday in the largest hall of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, surrounded by giant video screens and just a touch of spectacle.
As expected, the Unifor constitution was overwhelmingly accepted by members of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, with just over 94 per cent voting in favour of adopting the new constitution.

In an impassioned speech, new union president Jerry Dias told delegates that Unifor is going to fight to save a rapidly changing country. "Canada is failing us all," he said, pointing out the decline in permanent jobs and growing financial inequality as factors that drove the creation of Unifor...