We form Unifor at a time that is both troubling and critical; a time when the power of corporations and bankers has no limits; when progress has been replaced by a relentless race to the bottom.
We form Unifor at a time when our economy is being hollowed, our democracy eroded and when governments have abandoned social progress in the name of austerity.
We form Unifor at a time when too many workers are struggling to hang on to the hard-won gains of the past, when the aspirations of too many young people have been battered; when the future for too many of our neighbours is one of growing insecurity and declining quality of life.
We form Unifor at a time when the wealth we create is captured by a small and over-privileged elite; when our jobs are outsourced and threatened; when work has become precarious and when our rights and well-being at work are in jeopardy.
We form Unifor at a time when our world is rocked by social upheaval and our very planet is threatened by environmental degradation and climate change.
We form Unifor as an act of hope that good jobs and economic progress will still be won: that our workplaces will become safer, our jobs more secure, our wages and benefits more rewarding and our lives at work defined by dignity and respect.
We form Unifor in the determination that equality and social justice will be achieved, that our young will have a brighter future and that through our actions, our world will be made a different and better place.
We form Unifor in the commitment to fight for all of that, and more. And we form our union in the determination to succeed.
It is through Unifor that we come together and become more than employees. It is through our union that we find our strength and build our power. It is through Unifor that we express our common goals, support each other, and develop lasting bonds of friendship and solidarity. It is through Unifor that we protect and advance our interests and build our capacity to act for ourselves and with others.