Manufacturing Jobs Matter Campaign Arrives in Niagara, Wednesday

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Canada's manufacturing sector is in
crisis. Across Canada, almost every other week another plant shuts its doors,
files for bankruptcy or announces its intention to move operations out of the
country. Good manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate and with
them go opportunities for future generations and vibrant communities. To
Canadians, good jobs matter - manufacturing matters.

    What:        CAW leadership meeting about the loss of manufacturing jobs
    -----        in the Niagara area

    When:        12:30 pm - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

    Where:       CAW Local 199 hall, 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines

    Who:         CAW Local and National Leadership - Media Welcome

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union is launching a campaign
highlighting the sweeping job losses, exploring the impact they have had on
our communities and what we can do as citizens.
    Media are welcome to attend. In attendance will be local and national CAW
leadership as well as workers affected by lay-offs and job loss in the region.

    Some facts to consider:
    -   In the last four and half years, the St. Catharines-Niagara region
        has lost 15 per cent of manufacturing jobs, a total of 4,400 jobs.
    -   This means a loss of $239,000,000 in wages from the local economy
    -   Major plant closures and permanent lay-offs have become regular
        occurrences affecting large employers like Camco, Atlas Steel,
        Siemens, Dana Corp and many others.
    -   Manufacturing in the St. Catharines-Niagara region is very diverse
        and accounts for nearly 20 per cent of the local economy.
    -   Hardest hit have been the automotive and metal sectors.

For further information:

For further information: Elaine White, CAW Communications, (416)

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