CAW President announces retirement for this September

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove announced his early
retirement this morning at a meeting of the union's national executive board,
the rank-and-file leadership body of the union. The board is meeting this
morning to endorse candidates for both the national presidential and
secretary-treasurer positions.
    Hargrove will step down following a constitutional convention to be held
mid-September at the latest. At the convention, 800 delegates from local
unions across the country will vote by secret ballot on Hargrove's successor
to lead the CAW.
    Details of Hargrove's retirement will be released during this afternoon's
press conference.

           Today: 3:30 p.m.
           Kenora Room, 2nd floor
           Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West
           Toronto, ON

    Members of the media unable to attend but still wish to participate can
call: 1-800-732-9307

    (xx)All calls must be made from landlines only(xx)

    Please note Hargrove will not be doing any interviews prior to the press

    Hargrove has been the national president of the CAW since he was
acclaimed in June 27, 1992 after receiving the unanimous support of all
constitutional convention delegates, the national executive board and union
staff. Hargrove will turn 65 in March 2009, the mandatory retirement age for
any officer or staff member of the union.

For further information:

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

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