TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - In a meeting of the CAW's national executive
board and the union's staff, both groups unanimously endorsed candidates
Ken Lewenza for national president and Peter Kennedy for national
The outspoken Lewenza is a well-known figure in the Windsor-Essex area
and has presided over five consecutive sets of negotiations with Chrysler as
the chair of the CAW Chrysler Master Bargaining Committee. He has been the
president of CAW Local 444 in Windsor, Ontario since 1994, having previously
held numerous in-plant and local executive positions.
The election for CAW national president will be held at a special
convention occurring no later then September 15, 2008 when CAW President
Buzz Hargrove is expected to retire.
Kennedy has been the assistant to National Secretary-Treasurer Jim O'Neil
since 1992 and plays an integral role in the daily operations of the union. He
also has numerous collective bargaining responsibilities including General
Motors, CAMI (a GM-Suzuki joint venture in Ingersoll, Ontario), the aerospace
sector as well as the electronics and electrical sectors of the union.
The election for national secretary-treasurer will be held at the
Constitutional Convention in August 2009 when O'Neil will finish his current
three-year mandate and retire.
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For further information: For more thorough biographies or more
information, please call CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell) (416)
302-1699; or Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416) 606-6311