May 24, 2012 – 11:53 PM ET | Last Updated: May 25, 2012 12:12 AM ET
Two of Canada’s biggest unions are floating the idea of opening membership to everyone, including the retired and the unemployed.
The goal is to reverse the declining number of unionized workers and change the perception that unions are irrelevant and out of touch.
A committee working on the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions raised the idea in a recently released report outlining the potential structure of the new union.
“It’s about engaging and providing the kind of necessary support for one another, recognizing we’re all part of the 99%. How can we be more inclusive, how can we be more responsive, how can we be more effective?” said CAW president Ken Lewenza.
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