CAW President to Address Challenging Economic Climate at CAW Council, April 17



    PORT ELGIN, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza will address
the myriad of challenges facing workers during the current global economic
downturn as hundreds of union delegates from across the country gather at the
CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario on Friday April 17.
    Lewenza's speech to CAW Council, the union's parliamentary body, is
scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. and will cover issues such as
the current crisis facing Canada's auto industry, as well as an update on GM
and Chrysler negotiations, the economic challenges facing Air Canada and its
impact on workers, as well as other issues affecting CAW members from
coast-to-coast.
    Lewenza will also highlight current campaigns that the union has
undertaken, including the fight to protect workers severance entitlements and
pension benefits.
    The CAW, along with other labour and retired workers groups, is
organizing a massive demonstration to take place on the grounds of Queen's
Park, in Toronto, Ontario on Thursday April 23 demanding stronger protection
for worker pensions from the federal and provincial governments as well as
corporations.
    Delegates to CAW Council will debate a series of recommendations from
Lewenza over the course of three days.

    The CAW, Canada's largest private sector union, represents 225,000
workers across Canada, in every major sector of the economy.





For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications: Shannon Devine, (416)
302-1699; John McClyment, (416) 315-3202; or Angelo DiCaro, (416) 606-6311

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