CAW/FFAW to host Council in St. John's for the first time ever

    ST. JOHN'S, NL, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Nearly a thousand CAW delegates members
will converge for the first time in St. John's, Newfoundland this weekend for
the union's Joint Council, host to provincial and national politicians and
international labour leaders. The Joint Council, held once every three years,
will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the FFAW joining the CAW in 1987
in a move that changed labour organizing in the province.
    Delegates will discuss two important issues facing workers today - job
security and creation and the environment. Part of the time will be spent
strategizing on the next phase of the well-publicized national Manufacturing
Matters campaign, with phase two to be launched in the fall. Delegates will
also look at how the current shift towards green thinking can help create jobs
and foster a more sustainable environment and stable economy.
    The Joint Council opens on Friday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the St.
John's Convention Centre, 101 New Gower Street.
    CAW President Buzz Hargrove, CAW Secretary-Treasurer Jim O'Neil, Quebec
Director Luc Desnoyers and FFAW President Earle McCurdy will all give opening
addresses in the morning to be following by a video and presentation on the
Manufacturing Matters campaign.

    Guest Speakers:

    Friday, August 10:

    3:00 p.m.    Richard Cashin, Former President - FFAW/CAW
    4:00 p.m.    Roger Maddison, National Officer, Automotive Section, UNITE

    Saturday, August 11:

    9:30 a.m.    Peggy Nash, NDP-MP - Parkdale- High Park
    11:00am      Danny Williams, Premier - Newfoundland & Labrador
    2:30pm       Walter Reuther Video - Introduction - Bob White

    (*) The agenda may be subject to change.

    Media are welcome to attend all presentations.

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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