THUNDER BAY, ON, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Representatives of more than 40
CAW workplaces across Northwestern Ontario will gather together in
Thunder Bay June 9-11 for a political mobilization conference, meant to
activate and engage members from across the region.
CAW Local 229 is the largest private sector union in the north
representing more than 3,000 members in a large cross section of
workplaces and industries. Healthcare is the largest industry locally
with long term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, social
services, not for profit agencies, childcare and the education
industry. CAW Local 229 represents workers from Kenora in the west to
as far east as Manitouwadge and Marathon.
"This year's conference will concentrate heavily on political action and
mobilization in preparation for the provincial election this fall,"
said CAW Local 229 President Kari Jefford. "Our delegates will be
learning how to become effective lobbyists in a series of workshops and
keynote addresses and will get a chance to practice their new skills
On Thursday, June 9, the Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Labour
Congress, Hassan Yussufff will address delegates on current CLC
campaigns including pension reform and the creation and promotion of
good jobs for all.
Friday, June 10, National CAW President Ken Lewenza will address the
membership in the morning on current national union strategies and
issues regarding the union's approximately 200,000 members from across
Invited guests also include Jenny Ahn, CAW National Director of
Political Action and Mobilization, Tom Murphy, CAW Area Director of
Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and Andy Savela, CAW
National Representative for Northern Ontario.
The conference delegates will then get to put their new skills into use.
A lobby effort will take place with the local politicians Friday
afternoon. Representatives from all levels of government have been
invited to attend. Bruce Hyer, Mary Kozorys, (NDP provincial candidate
is stepping in for John Rafferty), Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro have
all accepted the invitation. At this point in time no City of Thunder
Bay councilors or the Mayor, Keith Hobbs has been able to commit to
attend or participate.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
Kari Jefford, CAW Local 229 President (cell) 807-627-0012 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org