Manufacturing Matters Campaign Arrives in Oshawa, Saturday

    OSHAWA, ON, April 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 Oshawa area

    When:   1:00 p.m. - Saturday April 28, 2007

    Where:  CAW Local 222 hall, 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa

    Who:    CAW Local and National Leadership - Media Welcome

    In response, the Canadian Auto Workers union has launched the campaign
'Manufacturing Matters,' highlighting the sweeping job losses, exploring the
impact they have had on our communities and what we can do as citizens.
Already thousands of community members across the country have come together
to voice their concerns.
    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 less than five years, the Oshawa region has lost 21 per cent of all
       manufacturing jobs - that's one in every five manufacturing jobs
    -  The loss of 7,300 manufacturing jobs means a loss of more than
       $380,000,000 in wages every year from the local economy
    -  This translates to a loss of $78,000,000 in income tax dollars each
       year, eroding social services, education and healthcare
    -  Nearly half of all manufacturing workers are in auto parts and auto
       assembly, with thousands more in paper, metal, computer & electronics,
       petrochemical and plastics & rubber production
    -  Canada has lost more than 250,000 manufacturing jobs since 2002, this
       is closely linked to a decline in the field of research and

For further information:

For further information: Jim Paré, CAW Communications, (416) 723-2224

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