About Us

about_usUnifor Local 1285 formally known as Canadian Auto Workers Local 1285 represents over 7000 proud and active members helping to build a better community. We have been leaders in the struggle democracy and progress in Brampton and surrounding areas since 1961.

The Canadian section of our Union emerged in the late 1930s when we joined the Americans. We became part of an International Union which over the next number of years grew to a membership in excess of one million. We were known at that time as United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). Our relationship with the Americans would terminate some 45 years later when we formed our own Canadian Union. We do, however, maintain a mutual respect for another as trade unionists.” – Terry Gorman, Past President.

Since the emergence of our Local, the face of our union has changed quite rapidly. In addition to gaining strength, we have grown rapidly, adding several units and building solidarity among our members. As our late past president, Terry Gorman, once said, “It took many years to reach where we are today. As one who spent many years in a leadership role, and continues to actively participate in union activity, despite my retirement, I would urge our younger membership to become more involved. You will then better appreciate the accomplishments that were achieved by your predecessors.”