TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - In a productive one hour meeting at St. Thomas
City Hall, national and local CAW leaders and representatives of all three
levels of government made plans for a collaborative effort to convince Daimler
Trucks to keep its St. Thomas plant up and running.
The meeting was chaired by St. Thomas Mayor Cliff Barwick and was attended
Joe Preston, Conservative MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London
Steve Peters, Liberal MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London
Officials from the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation
CAW National President Ken Lewenza
Sterling Trucks plant chair David MacArthur
CAW Local 1001 President Dave Elliot and others
All five stake holders are working together to build a convincing
business case to keep the plant open. CAW leadership will be meeting with
Daimler on Tuesday morning in Windsor.
Preston emphasized that federal funds could be made available for
re-tooling the plant by making use of the Automotive Innovation Fund and
Community Development Trust Fund. He drew an analogy to the Windsor Essex
Engine plant which recently received $80 million in federal monies from the
Automotive Innovation Fund.
Peters indicated that the provincial government can also be part of the
solution with its Next Generation of Jobs Fund.
The three levels of government, the union and the St. Thomas Economic
Development Corporation will continue to work in partnership to ensure the St.
Thomas Sterling Truck plant will stay open.
For further information:
For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)