CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in Toronto, Tuesday



    TORONTO, April 2 /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
              the Toronto area

    When:     5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2007

    Where:    CAW Local 112 Hall, 30 Tangiers Road, Toronto

    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.
    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:
    -   In the last four and half years, the Greater Toronto Area has lost
        21 per cent of its manufacturing jobs -a total of 104,600 jobs have
        disappeared from the region.
    -   This is the most incurred by any Canadian city, translating to
        $5,300,000,000 in lost wages from the local economy each year.
    -   Major plant closures and permanent lay-offs have become regular
        occurrences affecting large employers like Labatt Breweries,
        Tenatronics Ltd., Schneider Electric, Humpty Dumpty and many others.
    -   Manufacturing in the Toronto region is very diverse and accounts for
        more than 20 per cent of the local economy, with a total of 400,000
        workers.
    





For further information:

For further information: Jim Paré, CAW Communications, (416) 723-2224,
www.caw.ca/campaigns&issues/ongoingcampaigns/manu-jobs/index.asp

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