Press conference: CAW Negotiates Monies for Plastech Workers' Severance



    LEAMINGTON, ON, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Former automotive parts workers at
Plastech, represented by CAW Local 1769, will receive partial severance pay
following a press conference on Tuesday, August 12. The union was successful
in negotiating the monies, totaling $500,000, from Chrysler during the last
round of bargaining with the Big Three automakers.
    In attendance will be former Plastech workers, national and local CAW
leadership and the chair of the CAW-Chrysler bargaining committee Ken Lewenza,
also a candidate for the position of CAW National President.

    Press conference:

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 10 a.m.

    CAW Plastech Job Action Centre
    County Fair Mall
    250 Erie Street South
    Leamington, ON

    Since Plastech officially closed its doors on May 16 due to bankruptcy,
the workers have not received any severance pay. Under current bankruptcy law,
employees (regardless of years of service) are considered unsecured creditors
and are therefore last to be paid, after banks and other creditors. The
negotiated funds are only a portion of what is owed to the 300 workers
employed at the time of closure.
    The Leamington plant produced plastic automotive fascias, rocker panels
and other exterior parts for the Big Three automakers, including Chrysler's
Windsor and Brampton assembly facilities.





For further information:

For further information: please call CAW Communications Shannon Devine,
(cell) (416) 302-1699; or CAW Local 1769 President Jeff Powell, (cell) (519)
322-9564

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