OTTAWA, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW national and local leaders met with all
three major political parties today in Ottawa to press for a national
auto sector strategy.
During the series of meetings, all three parties agreed that the auto
sector is important to the Canadian economy and a national auto policy
"We need a clear policy framework moving forward to nail down the next
generation of investment to keep producing and keep Canadians working,"
said CAW President Ken Lewenza, after the meetings.
The CAW met with Official Opposition and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, NDP
Finance Critic Peggy Nash, NDP Trade Critic Don Davies, Liberal Party
Leader Bob Rae, Liberal Industry Critic Frank Valeri and the
Conservative Auto Caucus MPs, chaired by MP Ben Lobb.
The union delegation included CAW National President Ken Lewenza, CAW
Economist Jim Stanford, Membership Mobilization and Political Action
Director Jenny Ahn and the three chairs of the CAW master bargaining
committees: CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley (General Motors), CAW
Local 707 President Gary Beck (Ford) and CAW Local 444 President Dino
The lobby sessions were building on the CAW's Re-think the Economy,
Re-think Canada's Auto Industry campaign, which kicked off on April
16. The campaign policy proposals include developing a transparent and
consistent auto investment policy, building a green industry,
negotiating Canadian manufacturing footprint commitments, in addition
to a number of other measures.
See the entire list of proposals at: http://www.rethinktheeconomy.ca/resources
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699 or John McClyment (cell) 416-315-3202