Manufacturing Matters Campaign Arrives in Quebec, Saturday



    QUEBEC, April 27 /CNW/ - Quebec's manufacturing sector is in crisis.
Across the province and the country, 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 Quebecers and Canadians, good jobs matter -
manufacturing matters.

    
    What:     TCA-Quebec Council presentation about the loss of manufacturing
              jobs in the province

    When:     10:30 a.m. -Saturday April 28, 2007

    Where:    Hôtel Delta, Quebec City (Salles Brébeuf/ Kent)
              690, bd René-Lévesque Est

    Who:      TCA delegates from across the province - Media Welcome
              National leadership

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union and TCA-Quebec has launched
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. Already thousands of community members across the country have come
together to voice their concerns.
    Media are welcome to attend. In attendance will be provincial and national
CAW leadership as well as workers affected by lay-offs and job loss in the
region.

    Some facts to consider:

    -   In less than five years, Quebec has lost 18 per cent of its
        manufacturing workforce -a total of 125,000 jobs
    -   This translates to a loss of over $5 billion in wages every year from
        local economies and more than $1 billion in income tax revenue,
        eroding healthcare, social services and education.
    -   Job loss is so severe that February alone saw the loss of 33,000 jobs
        in Quebec.
    -   Cities most adversely impacted are Montreal, Sherbrooke, Monteregie,
        Cote Nord, Mauricie, Estrie, Chaudiere, Laurentides, Lanaudiere &
        Abitibi-Temiscamingue.
    -   Manufacturing is critical to many economies and accounts for
        1 in 6 jobs across Quebec
    





For further information:

For further information: Shannon Devine, CAW Communications, (416)
302-1699

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