CAW 'Manufacturing Matters' Campaign Arrives in Victoria, Wednesday

    VICTORIA, 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 Victoria area

    When:     9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    Where:    CAW Hall, 661 Burnside Road East, Suite 200

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

    In response, 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 concerns.

    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 sector of manufacturing.
    -   During this time, British Columbia has lost 7 per cent of its
        manufacturing jobs -a total of 13,700 jobs have disappeared from the
    -   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.

For further information:

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

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