Media Advisory - CAW to Elect Top Union Officers at Constitutional Convention

    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - More than 1000 CAW members, staff and
special guests will gather in Quebec City for the union's 9th Constitutional
Convention to elect the three top officers and debate the policy direction of
the union, Tuesday, August 18 to Friday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
the Centre de Congres.
    CAW President Ken Lewenza will stand for re-election, as will Quebec
Director Jean-Pierre Fortin, while a successor to National Secretary-Treasurer
will be elected, replacing Jim O'Neil, who will retire after an 18-year tenure
in the position. O'Neil is the union's longest standing officer.
    The theme of this year's convention is: "challenges, resistance,
opportunity, renewal," with a particular focus on building an inclusive labour
movement in difficult economic times. Central to this goal will be expanding
the role of young workers in the union, increasing community outreach,
including working more closely with new Canadians, temporary and immigrant
workers and workers of colour.
    Delegates representing local unions from coast to coast to coast will
have a chance to debate and vote on union policies, as laid out in the CAW
    The Convention will include addresses from the following speakers at the
approximate times below.

    Tuesday, August 18

    11:00 a.m. - CAW National President Ken Lewenza
    3:30 p.m. - Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti

    Wednesday, August 19

    10:00 a.m. - International Transport Federation General Secretary David
    2:30 p.m. - Canadian Union of Public Employees National President Paul
    4:00 p.m. - CSA TUCA General Secretary Victor Baez Mosqueira

    Thursday, August 20

    10:00 a.m. - Bernard Thibault of the CGT
    12:00 p.m. - Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union National
    President David Coles
    2:30 p.m. - FTQ President Michel Arsenault
    4:00 p.m. - Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois

    Constitutional Conventions are held every three years and are fully

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699; Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416) 606-6311 or John McClyment, (cell)
(416) 315-3202

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