10/16/2012 02:09 EDT | Updated 12/16/2012 05:12 EST

Dave Coles re-elected as Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union president

QUEBEC - Dave Coles was re-elected as national president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union on Tuesday.

Coles will lead the union as it works out the details of a merger with the Canadian Auto Workers union to create the largest private sector union in Canada.

The combined union, which has yet to settle on a name, will initially have more than 300,000 members across the country.

Coles beat out Wendy Sol, who served as administrative vice-president for the Western Region, to keep the job.

He said Tuesday that the union has significant work to do in not only building a new union, but a new labour movement.

Coles was first elected to the union's top job in 2006.