TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Delegates representing CAW members across the
country will converge in Toronto on Saturday, September 6 to elect a new
CAW National President Buzz Hargrove, who announced his retirement on
July 8, will step down as of September 6, 2008 when the new leader is elected.
Hargrove will give his final speech as national president at approximately
10 a.m. to be followed by an inaugural speech by the new president.
At a July meeting of the CAW's National Executive Board (the union's
rank-and-file governing body), CAW Local 444 President and CAW Council
President Ken Lewenza was unanimously endorsed as a presidential candidate by
Hargrove, CAW National Secretary-Treasurer Jim O'Neil and the NEB. Since then,
no other members have declared their candidacy.
With the Harper government expected to announce a federal election in the
coming days and with growing concern over Canada's failing economy and job
loss, the CAW leadership transition takes place at a critical moment for the
union as well as progressive social movements in Canada.
Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m.
Metro Convention Centre in the South Building - Halls F and G
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6
Media are asked to register in advance.
To register, please email CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine at:
There will be a press conference immediately following the convention,
tentatively set for 1 p.m. in Room 801A on the convention floor level. Members
of the media unable to attend will be able to call in.
Dial-in No.: 1-800-732-9307
The incoming National President will be the third elected since the CAW
was formed in 1985.
The CAW is the country's largest private sector union, representing
250,000 members in 17 different economic sectors.
For further information:
For further information: CAW Communications: Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699; or John McClyment, (cell) (416) 315-3202; or Angelo DiCaro,
(cell) (416) 606-6311