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Remembering the Passing of Jack Layton

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett Exactly one year ago today, I was driving to my office in Toronto. It was then I heard on the radio that Jack Layton had passed away. I remember very clearly that the sky was incredibly blue and the […]

Hudak’s New War on Unions – Some Things Never Change

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett Another day, another attack on the rights of workers. The war on unions continues. Tell us something we don’t know. This week’s edition of “Blame Everything on Unions and Wage Earners” is brought to you by Ontario Progressive Conservative […]

We Didn’t Cause This Economic Crisis

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett They say that difficult economic times breed class resentment. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong class that usually gets targeted. We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how labour unions, and many of the policies they helped develop, such as public […]

Taking a Stand Against the Conservative Omnibus Bill

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett Citizens throughout Canada are outraged by Stephen Harper and the Conservative government’s implementation of the 425-page omnibus budget legislation, bill C-38. With little time for parliamentary debate, the bill is a “Trojan horse” piece of legislation that includes dozens […]

Stand Up and Protect Jobs at York University

Dear Friends: I wanted to speak to you about a recent development that is a cause for serious concern for all of YUSA. On May 15, 2012, the employer closed the position of three YUSA members and 1 CPM member in the Department of Theatre […]

CCU Statement on Quebec Student Strike and Bill 78

The term “solidarity” isn’t just a cliché. It is a fundamental necessity for students and working people throughout the world who want to create a fair and democratic society. This has been on brilliant display in the province of Quebec during the past four months, […]

Statement on Prince George Sawmill Tragedy

The CCU and its affiliated unions are shocked and saddened by the tragic events that took place in Prince George, British Columbia on April 23. Two workers have been killed and twenty three injured after a massive explosion and fire ripped through the Lakefield Sawmill. […]


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Documentary – 47 minutes



The 47-minute documentary, called The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada, illustrates the CCU’s dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, its newfound working relationship with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), 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 documentary will be submitted to over 50 film and documentary festivals in Canada and around the world in 2014 and 2015, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Hot Docs Festival.

Be sure to watch the documentary in full screen and High Definition. Click on the little wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to the left of the YouTube icon, and then press 1080p HD. For full screen, simply press the little square to the right of the YouTube icon.

Director and Editor: Sean Cain
Executive Producer: Joanie Cameron Pritchett