UWUA Joins Unions in Canada and U.S. in North American Solidarity Project
The UWUA sent a 13-strong delegation to the founding conference of the North American Solidarity Project, held in Port Elgin, Ontario from November 9-11, 2018. The Solidarity Project is an informal alliance of unions from throughout the U.S. and Canada, dedicated to finding concrete solutions for labor movement renewal based on shared values, including a commitment to rank-and-file democracy, social unionism, and international solidarity.
Nearly 150 union leaders from Canada and the U.S. attended the conference. In addition to UWUA, participating unions included the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), National Nurses United (NNU), and Unifor Canada. Union observers from Australia, France, and Mexico also attended.
Delegates participated in a series of lively workshops during the conference, debating topics ranging from how to build effective union political and organizing campaigns; strategies to combat racism and the rise of right-wing governments threatening to undermine decades of hard-won workers’ rights; and how unions can move from defense to offense to build union power and advance working families’ interests.
The other unions attending the conference enthusiastically welcomed the UWUA delegation on the opening day. Throughout the weekend, delegates made plans for future cooperation between unions in the alliance, including for joint meetings of the various unions’ young workers committees, and a sharing of best practices for organizing and political action campaigns.
The participating unions unanimously adopted a joint statement at the closing session, calling for a “commitment to a strong labor movement and solidarity based on values of social unionism and an urgent need for union renewal,” and for a plan of action “where our unions are the counter-balancing force that can lead the fight for the world we want to live in.”