OTTAWA, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW will be meeting with members of all
three major political parties today Tuesday, June 5, to discuss how to
strengthen the country's auto industry, building on 10 comprehensive
proposals by the union put forth in the Re-think Auto campaign.
The meetings take place in the shadow of the June 1 announcement by
General Motors to close its consolidated line in Oshawa - causing the
loss of 2,000 direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs. The CAW has
renewed its call for the government to use its equity stake in the
company to ensure continued investment in Canadian facilities and jobs.
The CAW delegation will include 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 June 5 meetings are as follows:
9:00 a.m. - NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash, NDP Trade Critic Don Davies,
and several other MPs
11:00 a.m. - Meeting with Liberal Party Leader Bob Rae and Liberal
Industry Critic Frank Valeri
12:00 p.m. - Meeting with Conservative Auto Caucus MPs, chaired by MP
Ben Lobb, including Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt and other MPs
Today - June 5 at 1:15 p.m.
La Promenade - outside
151 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON
The CAW launched its Re-think the Economy, Re-think Canada's Auto
Industry campaign 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:
please contact CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699 or John McClyment (cell) 416-315-3202