Media advisory - CAW President Visits Oakville, Rallies Members for Federal Election

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza will be in Oakville
this evening laying out the union's platform of strategic voting with the goal
of preventing a Stephen Harper Conservative majority.
    "Stopping a Stephen Harper majority is one of the most important
challenges progressive Canadians have ever faced," said Lewenza. The meeting,
meant to mobilize CAW members for the election, will be Lewenza's first visit
to Oakville as the union's new national president.

    Pre-election Rally

    Today: Monday September 29, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
    GTA West - Oakville, Brampton, Toronto
    Location: CAW Local 707 Hall
    475 North Service Road East
    Oakville, ON L6H 1A6

    In the Greater Toronto Area, the CAW is endorsing an 'ABC' voting
strategy (Anyone But Conservative) in all ridings with the exception of
Toronto's Parkdale-High Park.
    In Parkdale-High Park, the CAW is endorsing NDP MP and NDP industry
critic Peggy Nash. Nash, the former assistant to both previous CAW presidents
Bob White and Buzz Hargrove, was instrumental in stopping the sale of
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates' space division to U.S. arms manufacturer
Alliant Techsystems back in April and has been an exceptional advocate of
working people, said Lewenza.
    The recent economic downturn and government inaction are top concerns for
CAW members in the western Greater Toronto Area as the region has been
recently hit with a string of lay-offs and job loss announcements. This
includes shift reductions at the Brampton Chrysler assembly plant (1100 jobs)
and the Ford Oakville assembly plant (a possible 450 jobs), the closure of
custom mouldings manufacturer Polywheels in Oakville in July (250 jobs), the
closure of bottle manufacturer Owens Illinois (formerly Consumer Glass) as of
tomorrow (430 jobs) and the closure announcement of John Deere (800 jobs) in
Welland which will take effect next year.
    The meeting is part of a leadership election tour by Lewenza to various
communities across Ontario over the next two weeks. For more information on
the tour, please visit:

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416)
606-6311 or Shannon Devine, (cell) (416) 302-1699

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