CAW re-launches campaign at Kidd Creek Mine, Timmins

    TIMMINS, ON, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - The CAW has re-launched its campaign in
Timmins at the Xstrata Kidd Creek mine, in an effort to bring these workers
into the country's largest private sector Canadian union.
    Many workers at this site have expressed interest in joining the CAW and
according to CAW President Buzz Hargrove the union and the Timmins miners
would be a natural fit.
    "We would be honoured and pleased to represent and work with the miners
at Kidd," said CAW President Buzz Hargrove. "Working closely with our members
at CAW Local 598 at the Xstrata mine in Sudbury has given our union an
appreciation for the important work that miners perform."
    Should Kidd Creek mine workers choose to become members of the CAW, they
would join their 725 counterparts at the Xstrata Kidd Metallurgical site who
joined CAW in 1997, forming our Timmins local union, CAW Local 599.
    According to Hargrove, not only would they be joining a home-grown union,
they would be joining one with roots in the community, joining other CAW
members working for the same employer and a bargaining and servicing track
record second to none.
    The CAW will be working closely in the coming months with our local
leadership and supporters at Kidd mine to determine the support for the union
moving forward.
    CAW has seen a tremendous growth in its membership in the last 20 years
fueled by its commitment to working people, social justice and democratic
structure at all levels. The membership has surged from 125,000 at its
inception in 1985 to the current 265,000 strong, with hundreds of local unions
in communities across Canada

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For further information: CAW Organizing Director John Aman, (cell) (416)

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