CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in London, Sunday



    LONDON, ON, March 30 /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 local leadership meeting about the loss of manufacturing jobs
            in the London, St. Thomas, Woodstock area

    When:   10:00 a.m. - Sunday, April 1, 2007

    Where:  CAW Local 27 hall, 606 First Street, London

    Who:    CAW Local and National Leadership - Media Welcome

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union is launching the
'Manufacturing Matters' campaign, highlighting the sweeping job losses,
exploring the impact they have had on our communities and what we can do as
citizens.
    Media are welcome to attend. 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:

        -  Since 2002, more than 1,300 manufacturing jobs have disappeared
           from the London region, which means a loss of $67,000,000 from the
           local economy each year.

        -  Manufacturing in London accounts for 39,800 workers or 16 per cent
           of the entire workforce, creating $14 billion in economic
           activity.

        -  For every bit of good news, there is more bad news like major
           plant closures and permanent layoffs across the London, Woodstock,
           St. Thomas, Tillsonburg region affecting large employers like
           International Truck, Imperial Tobacco, Deere & Company and many
           others.

        -  From 2002 to 2006, Ontario alone lost a startling 171,600 jobs.
    





For further information:

For further information: Jim Paré, CAW Communications, (416) 723-2224

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