A watershed moment for our union

August 10, 2021

A message to the membership from the new CIU National President, Mark Weber.

Sisters and Brothers,

As your new National President, my first few weeks have been almost exclusively dedicated to supporting the efforts of our bargaining team. I had the pleasure of attending rallies in Windsor, Fort Erie, Lansdowne, Cornwall, Prescott and Toronto. Never have I seen greater solidarity than what you’ve shown these past few weeks. Whether attending demos, wearing your swag, volunteering, or contacting your MPs, you made it clear to our employer that we will no longer be disrespected.

Our August 6 Work to Rule campaign was a watershed moment for our great Union. Across the country, members came together and showed how powerful we really are when we act as one. Without you, we would not now have a tentative agreement to vote on. You’ve made this happen and I am so proud to represent you. The actions you took on August 6 will not be forgotten. With the next round of bargaining just around the corner, the employer will never again question our ability to mobilize.

I hope you will join me in offering my thanks to our bargaining team. They worked for years to get this agreement and, in the end, made gains that CIU had been seeking for a long time.

You will get more details about the tentative agreement in the coming weeks and will have an opportunity to ask questions of the bargaining team at your ratification meetings.

Thank you all for the amazing display of solidarity, and never forget what we accomplished together on August 6.

In solidarity,

Mark Weber
National President
Customs and Immigration Union

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