CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in Kitchener, Friday

    KITCHENER, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - Canada's manufacturing sector is in
crisis. Across Canada, 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
Canadians, good jobs matter - manufacturing matters.

    What:   CAW leadership meeting about the loss of manufacturing jobs in
            the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford area

    When:   12:00 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2007

    Where:  CAW Local 1451 hall, 600 Wabanaki Drive, Kitchener

    Who:    CAW Local and National Leadership - Media Welcome

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union is launching the
'Manufacturing Matters' campaign, highlighting the sweeping job losses,
exploring the impact they have had on our communities and what we can do as
    In attendance will be local and national CAW leadership as well as workers
affected by lay-offs and job loss in the region. Media are welcome to attend.

    Some facts to consider:

        -  Since 2000, the Kitchener-Waterloo region has lost 10 per cent of
           all manufacturing jobs, a total of 6,900 jobs have disappeared.
        -  This means a loss of $358,000,000 in wages from the local economy
           each year.
        -  Major plant closures and permanent lay-offs have become regular
           occurrences affecting large employers like Martinrea, Imperial
           Tobacco, NCR Canada, ABB, Tiger Brand Knitting and many others.
        -  Manufacturing in the Kitchener-Waterloo area is very diverse and
           accounts for 31 per cent of the local economy -one in four people
           work in manufacturing in this region.
        -  Hardest hit have been the auto parts, textiles and furniture

For further information:

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

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