Magazine article Anglican Journal

PWRDF Staff Say Yes to Union: Employees Vote 13 to 4 in Favour

Magazine article Anglican Journal

PWRDF Staff Say Yes to Union: Employees Vote 13 to 4 in Favour

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STAFF

By a vote of 13 in favour and four against, staff at the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, voted on Feb. 8 to unionize and become part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

One staff member, who asked not to be named, said the union was formed "as a mechanism to facilitate staff-management relations." All 17 staff who were eligible to vote did so.

This is the first attempt to form a union by employees at PWRDF, which in 2001 became separately incorporated from General Synod (the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada). An earlier attempt by all General Synod employees to unionize failed in 1997.

Staff said the formation of a union by a group associated with a church should not be seen as unusual since similar organizations like Kairos, an ecumenical peace and justice group of which the Anglican Church of Canada is a member, are themselves unionized.

They added that the PWRDF's work involves working with unions and unionized workers. …

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