CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in Halifax, Wednesday



    HALIFAX, April 3 /CNW/ - Canada's manufacturing sector is in crisis.
Across Canada, almost every other week another plant shuts its doors, files
for bankruptcy or announces its intention to move operations out of the
country. Good manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate and with
them go opportunities for future generations and vibrant communities. To
Canadians, good jobs matter - manufacturing matters.

    
    What:     CAW leadership meeting about the loss of manufacturing jobs in
              Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

    When:     1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2007

    Where:    CAW Regional Office, 63 Otter Lake Court, Halifax, NS

    Who:      CAW Local and National Leadership - Media Welcome
    

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union is launching the campaign
'Manufacturing Matters,' highlighting the sweeping job losses, exploring the
impact they have had on our communities and what we can do as citizens.
    Members of other unions, community activists and media are welcome. In
attendance will be local and national CAW leadership as well as workers
affected by lay-offs and job loss in the region.

    Some facts to consider:
    
    -  In the last four and half years, Nova Scotia has lost 20 per cent of
       its manufacturing base, while New Brunswick has lost 10 per cent of
       its manufacturing jobs. In total, 11,900 manufacturing jobs have
       disappeared from both provinces.
    -  This means $506,000,000 in lost wages from the provincial economies
       each year.
    -  Major plant closures and permanent lay-offs have become regular
       occurrences affecting workers in the shipbuilding, food processing,
       wood, mineral and electrical manufacturing sectors, as well as many
       others.
    -  Manufacturing in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is very diverse and
       accounts for roughly 10 per cent of the workforce and is an important
       part of many regional economies, including Halifax, Southwest NS, Cape
       Breton, Campbellton and Moncton.
    




For further information:

For further information: Elaine White, CAW Communications, (416)
456-7764, www.caw.ca/campaigns&issues/ongoingcampaigns/manu-jobs/index.asp

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