Media Advisory - CAW Convenes to Elect New President - Special Convention Saturday, September 6, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Delegates representing CAW members across the
country will converge in Toronto on Saturday, September 6 to elect a new
national president.
    CAW National President Buzz Hargrove, who announced his retirement on
July 8, will step down as of September 6, 2008 when the new leader is elected.
Hargrove will give his final speech as national president at approximately
10 a.m. to be followed by an inaugural speech by the new president.
    At a July meeting of the CAW's National Executive Board (the union's
rank-and-file governing body), CAW Local 444 President and CAW Council
President Ken Lewenza was unanimously endorsed as a presidential candidate by
Hargrove, CAW National Secretary-Treasurer Jim O'Neil and the NEB. Since then,
no other members have declared their candidacy.

         Special Convention:

         Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m.
         Metro Convention Centre in the South Building - Halls F and G
         255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6

    Media are asked to register in advance.

    To register, please email CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine at:

    There will be a press conference immediately following the convention,
tentatively set for 1 p.m. in Room 801A on the convention floor level. Members
of the media unable to attend will be able to call in. The call-in number will
be available on Canada NewsWire tomorrow.

    The CAW is the country's largest private sector union, representing
250,000 members in 17 different economic sectors.

For further information:

For further information: please contact CAW Communications, Shannon
Devine, (cell) (416) 302-1699 or John McClyment, (cell) (416) 315-3202

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