Graham H. Cox

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Graham Cox is a labour union researcher at Unifor focusing on economics, bargaining, and policy of the energy, marine, rail, and road sectors.

Previous to Unifor, Graham was a researcher and organizer at the Canadian Union of Public Employees. At CUPE his work focused on economic and policy analysis for the anti-privatization, trade, post-secondary education, utilities, employment insurance, special projects, and organizing files.

Before working at CUPE, Graham served the student movement as National Researcher of the Canadian Federation of Students and chairperson of the National Graduate Caucus.

Graham has worked as an organizer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) with a focus on graduate student teaching assistant, research assistant and contingent academic staff union drives. This included leading drives to organize academic workers at the University of New Brunswick, UPEI, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Background & Research Interests

  • Over a decade of research experience in national labour & student unions.

  • A strong background in science and statistics.

  • An active writer on social issues and political economy.

  • Over 15 years organizing in student and labour unions.

  • Over 20 years coordinating progressive campaigns.

Data analysis:

Research program design and data analysis. Data analysis using statistical tools such as R, pivot tables and spreadsheets.

Database development:

Designing database structures and managing large data sets using SQL relational databases.

Economic analysis:

Providing analysis of macro and micro economic trends as they relate to campaigns and bargaining. Developing and presenting alternatives to current government and corporate economic policy.

Presentation of data:

Preparation of fact sheets, briefing notes, online posts, editorials and public digital slide presentations about complex data and policy.


Identifying, starting, and managing successful organizing drives. Engaging with current and potential members joining a union and being active in the labour movement. Recruiting and training activists.

Campaigns support:

Developing, managing, and supporting political campaigns including grassroots development and material production.

Bargaining support:

Providing data and collective agreement support for union bargaining.

Project management & coordination:

Working in small groups and managing projects to completion on budget.