Media Advisory - CAW National Skilled Trades Council endorses Lewenza and Kennedy

    WINNIPEG, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The CAW National Skilled Trades Council
unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Ken Lewenza for the position of national
president and Peter Kennedy for the position of national secretary-treasurer,
during the most recent Council meeting held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from
August 15-17.
    The Council's endorsement follows a previous National Skilled Trades
Council Executive Board decision to endorse both Lewenza and Kennedy on
July 9.
    "This is a critical time in our union's history, and a critical time for
skilled trades workers in Canada," said newly elected CAW National Skilled
Trades Council President David Cassidy. "The Skilled Trades Council fully
supports Ken Lewenza and Peter Kennedy's candidacy and believes they are best
positioned to lead our union through the challenges that lay ahead."
    "We wish them both congratulations and success in their upcoming
elections," added Cassidy.

    The CAW National Skilled Trades Council is comprised of over 100 skilled
trades delegates from across Canada and represents 27,000 skilled trades
journeymen/women and apprentices in the 17 different sectors of the union
ranging from auto assembly and auto parts to rail, gaming, shipbuilding,
mining, fisheries, transportation and hospitality.
    The Council advocates on behalf of skilled trades' workers on issues of
training, standards, technological change, apprenticeships and other concerns
related to building and sustaining skilled trades in Canada. The Council meets
three times a year with elected delegates from CAW workplaces and from 16 CAW
Skilled Trades Area Sub-councils across Canada.

    The election for the CAW national president position will take place at a
special convention on September 6 in Toronto, Ontario. The election for the
CAW national secretary-treasurer position will take place during the triennial
CAW Constitutional Convention next held in Quebec City in August 2009.

For further information:

For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (cell) (416)

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