Union mergers and large corporate campaigns are upon us once again. Unions know that their strengths are in unity and their chances of success are stronger when they merge together on projects, or better yet on a permanent basis. USWA President Leo W. Gerard stated at an International Executive Board in January 2008 that his goal for the next 5 years (and his order to his district directors) is to direct efforts to merge independent unions and their members into the rank and file of the USWA.
The USWA has merged with several unions over the past few years like PASE, United Rubber workers in 1995, the Aluminum, Brick, and Glass Workers Union in 1996, the Canadian Division of the Transportation Communications International Union in 1998, an organizing alliance with the California Nurses Association in 2001 and The American Flint Glass Workers Union in 2003.
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