CAW succeeds in negotiating severance pay for former Ledco workers

    KITCHENER, ON, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Former Ledco Limited workers, represented
by CAW Local 1524, will receive long-awaited severance cheques at a special
meeting on Friday August 8. The union was successful in negotiating the
monies, totaling $1.2 million, during the last round of bargaining with the
Big Three automakers GM, Chrysler and Ford.
    Without these negotiated funds, Ledco workers, some with more than 40
years of service, would be left without severance pay as current legislation
falls short of ensuring workers receive severance, even in the case of sudden
job loss caused by lay-offs or closures.
    In attendance will be former Ledco workers, national and local CAW
leadership and the chairs of the CAW bargaining committees for GM, Ford and
Chrysler, including Ken Lewenza, a candidate for the position of CAW National

    Press conference:

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 10 a.m.

    CAW Local 1451/1524 Hall
    600 Wabanaki Drive
    Kitchener, ON
    N2C 2K4

    CAW members at Ledco Limited tool-and-die facility occupied the Kitchener
plant from January 25-27, after learning the company intended to close the
facility immediately and had filed for bankruptcy.
    The tool-and-die facility manufactured tooling equipment and metal parts
for the auto industry, mainly suppliers to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

For further information:

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

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