CLAC Facts


André van Heerden
Communications Director

CLAC Stats

  • Founded in 1952
  • One of the largest independent, multisector, national unions in Canada with over 60,000 members working in a wide range of sectors—construction, education, emergency services, healthcare, retail, service, transportation, manufacturing, and more
  • 14 member centres located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC
  • 22 active, independent, affiliated locals
  • Over 900 current collective agreements successfully negotiated, and over 8,000 since 1952
  • Over 3,000 bargaining unit certificates granted by provincial and federal labour boards
  • Part of the international labour movement as an affiliated member of the World Organization of Workers

Our Sectors

Construction and mining (Local 6, 52, 53, 63, 68, 151, 152)

Education (Local 62, 306, 602)

Emergency services (Local 911, 920)

Entertainment and hospitality (Local 301, 501)

Healthcare and social services (Local 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 501)

Manufacturing (Local 56, 501, 519)

Retail (Local 301, 306)

Security (Local 503)

Transportation and warehousing (Local 56, 66)

Our Government Relations

  • We work with governments of all stripes, but we are nonpartisan.
  • We do not support any political parties or candidates.
  • We do not tell our members how to vote.
  • We do meet regularly with government officials to discuss labour and economic matters, and contribute submissions on pending legislation affecting workers. We also attend some political functions to advocate for our members.
  • CLAC is independent of the Canadian Labour Congress. We provide a different union perspective on the issues that matter to workers.

Our News and Views

Visit Your Voice for the latest news, stories, and blogs from CLAC.

Our Executive Team

Our executive team members bring their experience as workers, unionists, and managers to build positive workplace communities. They’re proud to lead a union that’s making a positive difference in so many workers’ lives.

Wayne was first introduced to CLAC in 2001 when he was working as an equipment operator in the Northwest Territories. After completing a bachelor of arts in environmental studies and business administration in 2003, he became a CLAC representative in Edmonton.

In 2004, Wayne opened a new member centre in Fort McMurray to support the union’s growing presence in Alberta’s oilsands industry. CLAC’s membership in Fort McMurray quickly grew from 500 members in 2004 to 9,000 members in 2008.

In 2008, Wayne became CLAC’s Fort McMurray director. After serving as the union’s Alberta director for several years, he was appointed executive director by the National Board in 2017. 

Wayne has his MBA from Queens University and is serving his second term as the president of the World Organization of Workers

Ian began working for CLAC even before graduating university, serving as an intern in Grimsby, Ontario, in 2000. Upon graduating with his bachelor of arts in business, he became a representative. 

In 2004, Ian opened the Ottawa Member Centre, and in 2009, he and Colin deRaaf, CLAC Training Ontario director, opened the Cambridge Member Centre.

Ian has negotiated collective agreements in most sectors in which CLAC members work. He has also coordinated CLAC’s representation of Ontario volunteer firefighters. He has been very involved in CLAC’s government relations, speaking regularly to government committees regarding CLAC’s view of labour policy and needed labour legislation reform.

Ian currently serves as CLACs Ontario director.

Dennis joined the CLAC team in 2004 as a representative in Edmonton. In 2008, he relocated to Fort McMurray, and in 2011, he moved to Saskatchewan to oversee CLACs presence in that province.

Dennis has been involved in a number of key negotiations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and served as a member of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board. He has a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies and biology. He also has a wide variety of work experience—everything from industrial construction and forestry to teaching English overseas and working as an admissions counsellor at a local university.

Dennis serves as CLAC’s Prairies director, and also manages the unions activities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Kevin first began serving CLAC members as a steward at an assisted living centre prior to becoming a CLAC representative. Since then, he has worked for CLAC for 20 years in both Calgary and Langley.

Known for his enthusiasm for learning, his ability to build strong working relationships, and his problem-solving skills, Kevin is an integral part of the CLAC executive team. He has experience in many sectors, but specializes in construction. He represented CLAC members working on some of the largest projects in BC and was appointed BC construction coordinator in 2013.

Kevin currently serves as CLACs British Columbia director. 


Our Training

CLAC provides a complete range of safety and skills training that workers need to succeed in today’s workplaces.

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We think differently than other unions.

We work to make your workplace a better place—so that you and your co-workers can grow both as a workplace community and as individuals.

Positive Work Life

We are a modern union. Committed to bringing you the best possible workplace.

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Champions of You

Count on us to always be on your side.

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Everyday Greatness

Better relationships at work create greater work satisfaction.

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