Unifor Local 72M celebrated 40 years as a union in 2011. Originally it was a part of NABET, a broadcast union in Canada which represented radio, television and production support workers across the country. NABET first came to Canada in the 1950's to organize the CBC. Local 72 was organized in 1971.
The economics of size and the philosophy " there's strength in numbers" brought about a merger with a larger union - the Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union in 1993. This merger created a media sector within the CEP (the “M” in Local 72M). This new sector has brought together a diverse group of broadcast and print locals including producer/writers from SONG (Southern Ontario Newspaper Guild) and producer/columnists from TNG (Toronto Newspaper Guild).
On August 31, 2013 CEP merged with CAW to form the largest private sector union in Canada, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.The media sector is represented at the National Executive Council by the Media Vice President.
What We've Achieved
- Feb 2017 - TVO has announced it will continue to transmit free broadcast signals across 8 over-the-air transmitters in Ottawa, Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.
Based on feedback from these communities, from loyal TVO viewers and donors, and others, the announcement confirmed TVO will continue to maintain the transmitters. TVO had previously announced a plan to decommission the transmitters, which would have resulted in an annual savings of $1 million required by TVO to meet its current financial targets.
- June 2017 - Over the past 14 years the Charity Golf Classic held by the former CEP, has brought together members, sponsors, volunteers and employers from across the Region and our Union. Together, as of 2016, we have raised over $330,000.00 for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, a noteworthy accomplishment.
UNIFOR is committed to doing all it can to raise charitable donations to help the many Canadians who suffer from Spina Bifida.