CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in Thunder Bay, Tuesday

    THUNDER BAY, ON, April 2 /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 Thunder Bay area

    When:     10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2007

    Where:    CAW Area Office, 979 Alloy Drive, Suite 100

    Who:      A group of key Thunder Bay CAW local leaders and CAW national
    ----      leadership - media welcome

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union is launching 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.
    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 half years, the Thunder Bay region has lost 20
       per cent of its manufacturing jobs - a total of 1,300 jobs have
       disappeared from the region.
    -  This means $66,000,000 in lost wages from the local economy each year.
    -  Major plant closures and permanent lay-offs have become regular
       occurrences affecting large employers like Cascades Fine Papers,
       Bowater, Kruger and Weyerhaeuser and many others.
    -  Manufacturing in the Thunder Bay accounts for nearly 10 per cent of
       the local economy, with a total of 5,400 workers.

For further information:

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

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