CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in New Westminster, Tuesday

    NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, April 23 /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 Vancouver area

    When:   9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    Where:  CAW Hall, 326 12th Street, 2nd Floor

    Who:    A group of key Vancouver and New Westminster CAW local leaders
            and CAW national leadership - media welcome

    The Canadian Auto Workers union has launched the campaign 'Manufacturing
Matters,' highlighting the sweeping job losses, exploring the impact they have
had on our communities and what we can do as citizens. Already thousands of
community members across the country have come together to voice their
    Media are welcome to attend. In attendance will be local and national CAW
leadership as well as workers affected by lay-offs and job loss in the region.

    Some facts to consider:

    -   In the last four and a half years, Canada has lost more than 250,000
        jobs across every kind of manufacturing.
    -   During this time, British Columbia alone has lost 7 per cent of its
        manufacturing jobs - a total of 13,700 jobs have disappeared from the
        province, 6,800 in Vancouver.
    -   This means $640,000,000 in lost wages from the local economy each
    -   Over $102,000,000 is now missing from income tax revenue, eroding
        social services, health care and education.
    -   The job loss is permanent, not part of an economic cycle. Many
        companies have gone out of business or have left Canada forever.
    -   In Vancouver, manufacturing accounts for over 12 per cent of all
        economic activity.

For further information:

For further information: Jim Paré, CAW Communications, (416) 723-2224

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