ST. THOMAS, ON, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - Hundreds of people will take to the
streets of St. Thomas this morning, including CAW President Ken Lewenza, in a
rally about manufacturing job loss.
The rally will start at 11 a.m. at the corner of Talbot St. and 1st Ave
and will march to Talbot St. and Ross St. for speeches by Lewenza, CAW Local
1520 President Dennis McGee (Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant), St. Thomas Mayor
Cliff Barwick as well as St. Thomas and London Labour Council Presidents Dave
Kerr and Patti Dalton.
Demonstrators will be demanding political action on manufacturing job
loss and Made in Canada industrial policies - both of which have failed to
happen under the current Stephen Harper Conservative government.
The rally is part of a larger CAW Made in Canada Matters campaign, which
began a year and a half ago to bring public attention to the massive loss of
family-supporting manufacturing jobs across the country and the resulting
hollowing out of once vibrant communities. In the last five years, more than
400,000 jobs have been lost.
Recently the campaign has also included 'Made in Canada' municipal
resolutions where city councils have pledged to purchase goods with the
highest amount of Canadian content possible - including a minimum of 50 per
cent Canadian content for public transit vehicles. For more information about
the campaign, visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/3197.htm.
For further information:
For further information: CAW Local 1520, President Dennis McGee, (cell)
(519) 851-8181 or CAW Communications, Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416) 606-6311