Media Advisory - Whistle-blowing grandma to help Steelworkers launch 'Stop Toxic Imports' campaign, today 10:30 a.m.



    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Marilyn Furer, the Chicago grandmother who
discovered lead in Chinese-made baby bibs, will be part of a news conference
this morning as the United Steelworkers (USW) announce the start of a
North-America-wide 'Stop Toxic Imports' campaign.
    The news conference is at 10:30 in the Wentworth room, 2nd floor of the
Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto (123 Queen Street West). The event
will also include a display of just some of the many items that have been the
subject of recall.
    The campaign is aimed at protecting children and promoting public
awareness about unregulated globalization. It will involve the free
distribution of tens of thousands lead screening kits.
    Ms. Furer will be joined by: Olivia Chow, Member of Parliament (NDP
Trinity Spadina) and children's advocate; USW International President Leo W.
Gerard; and USW Canadian National Director Ken Neumann.
    The campaign launch is being held on the second of a three-day
international conference of 1,000 working women from all over North America
and seven other nations.
    'Stop Toxic Imports' will mobilize union activists to mount a series of
events across the US and Canada to stop dangerous imported products from
entering domestic markets and homes.
    A calendar of targeted campaign events will be announced, including USW
Safe Home Sessions across North America.

    The USW is North America's largest and most diverse union representing
850,000 women and men working in every sector of the Canadian and US
economies.
    For more information on the USW, visit the website www.usw.org, in Canada
www.usw.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Pat Van Horne, USW, (416) 347-0217, pvh@usw.ca


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