TORONTO – The new president of Canada’s largest private-sector union is looking to pave a new path heading into 2023 after a year filled with economic uncertainty and worker strikes, all on top of a months-long scandal that shook members’ trust.
“I have a lot to offer in terms of the direction that I think the union needs to go in,” Lana Payne said at a sit-down interview in her new Toronto office, sparsely decorated as she adjusts to her new role.
As Unifor — which was created in 2013 from the combination of the Canadian Auto Workers union and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada — approaches its 10-year anniversary, Payne believes it is entering a new era.
“I want it to be the strongest and most progressive union in the country,” she said. “That’s what I want people to think about when they think of Unifor. I don’t want them to think of one person.”