CAW Members Gather for Buzz Hargrove's Last Labour Day Speech as CAW President

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Thousands of CAW members from across the greater
Toronto area will gather this morning at Nathan Phillips Square to hear the
final Labour Day speech of CAW President Buzz Hargrove. Hargrove, who will
retire on September 6 after a 16-year term as the union's national president,
will be joined by Toronto Mayor David Miller, NDP MP Peggy Nash (Parkdale-
High Park) and Toronto and York Region Labour Council President John
    Speeches will start at 8:45 at a stage set up at the southern part of
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W., Toronto ON). Hargrove will speak at
9 a.m.

    Some quick facts on unionization for Labour Day from the Statistics Canada
annual Perspectives on Labour and Income:

    -   Unionization among young workers aged 15 to 24 rose slightly to
        13.5%. It fell slightly for all other age groups.

    -   The majority of union members are now women, which has been the case
        since 2006. 2.15 million women and 2.07 million men are union
        members. Women's unionization rate (30%) also exceeds men's (28.7%).

    -   Unionized women are closer to achieving pay equity. Women in
        unionized full time jobs average 94% of union full-time men's average
        ($23.36 versus $24.83). The wage gap is much bigger for non-unionized
        full-time women who earn only 81% of non-union full-time men's
        average ($18.16 versus $22.50).

    -   The average unionized worker is paid $23.58 an hour while the average
        non-union worker is paid $18.98.

    -   Full-time union workers' average wage is $24.15. Full-time non-union
        workers average only $20.55.

    -   Part-time union workers' average wage is $19.99. Part-time non-union
        workers earn dramatically lower pay of $12.56.

For further information:

For further information: please contact CAW Communications, Shannon
Devine, (cell) (416) 302-1699 or Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416) 606-6311

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