Confederation of Canadian Unions.
Where Everyone Matters.

PPWC Local 26 is a proud member of the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU), the largest affiliation of independent unions in the country. The CCU was founded in 1969 on the initiative of Kent Rowley and Madeleine Parent, both of whom have been called by authors and historians as two of the finest labour organizers in our country’s history.

The CCU is dedicated to the establishment of a democratic, independent Canadian labour movement free of the influence of American-based international unions. The CCU includes almost 20,000 members in affiliated unions in both the public and private sector. The CCU and its affiliates are active in the struggle for a new world based on the ideals of equality, democracy, environmental sustainability and solidarity.

CCU Executive


President Kelly Johnson

Public and Private Workers of Canada

Vice President Mark Miller

Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers

Secretary Dawn Burns

York University Staff Association

Treasurer Scarlett Farquhar

York University Staff Association

Regional Officer (Central) Leanne Shumka

Association of Employees Supporting Education Services

Regional Officer (East) John Peskett

Nova Scotia Union of Public and Private Employees

Regional Officer (West) Adrian Castley

Public and Private Workers of Canada

Watch the Documentary

This documentary, called “The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada,” illustrates the CCU’s dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, and its commitment to growth and renewal.

The documentary also focuses on the struggles of labour activists inside the CCU, its proud history, its work with social justice activists in Canada and around the globe, and the new economic challenges of wage stagnation and growing inequality.

The film was selected for the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) and played at the Carleton Cinema in Toronto.

CCU Values

One for All, and All for One

To unite all workers in one democratic, national independent Canadian labour movement

Workers Rights’ and Economic Justice

To establish a just standard of income, working hours and conditions for all who work for a living

Protecting Workers

To protect its members from illegal and unjust treatment

Holding Elected Officials Accountable

To obtain improved legislation, and just application of legislation in the interests of all workers

Empowering Workers

To promote the study, defense, and development of the economic, social and moral interests of all workers


A Clean and Safe Environment

To promote and develop awareness in the dangers of environmental pollution, to educate its members in the need for controls and prevention of the pollution of our environment

Uniting Workers Under a Common Cause

To promote the merger or affiliation of affiliated unions with related interest and principles

Experience in Bargaining

To aid workers in their efforts to form independent, Canadian unions, and if necessary, or requested, to regulate relations between employees and employers, including but not limited to the right to bargain collectively on their behalf and to act as a bargaining agent, after full review and concurrence of the Executive Board

Organizing the Unorganized

To aid in organizing the unorganized

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