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Local 414 has a proud and colourful history, the original Charter dates back to 1945, as a Provincial Local representing in the early days primarily Dominion Stores.

Over our 67 years we have had the privilege of being part of various unions. Originating out of the International Union, Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (R.W.D.S.U.) in 1993, the Canadian sector of the R.W.D.S.U made the decision to divide from our American affiliate, who at the time decided to merge with the United Food and Commercial Workers. (U.F.C.W.) For us in Canada, we found our political alliances better matched the United Steel Workers (USW). Being part of the USW allowed us to continue to grow but after 7 years the leadership and members needed something different and in 2000 we made another decision to leave USW and merge with the Canadian Auto Workers Union.

CAW has traveled a similar path to us; they believe in choice, and they didn’t feel their international union was fully benefiting Canadian workers and like us chose to break away and start an all-Canadian union. CAW has had many successful mergers over the years, ours being one of them. Local 414 believes our alignment with CAW is a good one. Local 414 has been able to expand our education programs and with CAW’s input, we have gained access to outstanding servicing for our members.

Local 414’s priority has always been our membership. While there were transition years, from one parent organization to another, we have always fought to keep our unique membership united. Today, Local 414 has a broad scope of members whom we represent including grocery, retail and distribution centers. We represent members in such diverse industries as food & vending, food services, security guards, maintenance workers, glass auto parts, animal services, taxi dispatchers, secretarial, travel agents, tow truck drivers, nurses, meat processors and drug stores.

Since our Merger with CAW in 2000, Local 414 has gone through some evolutionary changes. Local 414 believes in democratic institutions where we elect people to represent our members and work for the advancement of our membership and the broader labour movement as whole.