CAW President Rallies Members in Windsor for Federal Election

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza will be in Windsor
this evening laying out the union's platform of strategic voting combined with
targeted support for specific candidates, with the goal of preventing a
Stephen Harper Conservative majority.
    "Stopping a Stephen Harper majority is one of the most important
challenges progressive Canadians have ever faced," said Lewenza.

    Pre-election Rally

    TODAY - Tuesday September 30, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
    Location: CAW Local 444/200 Hall
    1855 Turner Road
    Windsor, ON N8W 3K2

    In Windsor the CAW is endorsing NDP candidate Joe Comartin in the
Windsor-Tecumseh riding and Brian Masse in the Windsor-West riding and an
'ABC' voting strategy (Anyone But Conservative) in all other ridings.
    In a community devastated by job loss, the recent economic downturn and
government inaction are top concerns for CAW members in Windsor, Essex County,
Chatham and nearby areas.
    Recent job losses include the closure of Ford Essex Engine last December
(500 jobs), the closure of Plastech in Leamington in May (300 jobs), the June
closure of auto parts maker Lear in Windsor (160 jobs), the November closure
of auto parts facilities Benteler Automotive (150 jobs) and Innovatech (100
jobs), the closure of Nemak Essex Aluminum set for 2009 (600 jobs), the
closure of Martinrea's Fabco set for 2010 (more than 300 jobs) and the closure
announcement at the General Motors Windsor Transmission plant (1400 jobs).
Since the Harper Conservatives took over, 16,100 manufacturing jobs have
disappeared from the Windsor-Essex region -35 per cent of all manufacturing
jobs in the area.
    The meeting is part of a leadership election tour by Lewenza to various
communities across Ontario over the next two weeks. For more information on
the tour, please visit:

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699 or John McClyment, (cell) (416) 315-3202

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