Media Advisory - Community shaken by today's announcement of John Deere plant closure

    WELLAND, ON, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Workers at the John Deere plant in Welland
were shocked today by the terrible news that their plant would be closing next
year, with production moving to the U.S. and Mexico. All workers in the
facility learned the news at a 2:30 meeting this afternoon.
    One third of the work will be moved out in November of this year to the
U.S., with the balance to go to Mexico by the November 2009 closure date. The
company has assured the union that there will no layoffs until spring of 2009.
    The plant has been around for approximately 100 years, with 750 of the
800 workers represented by CAW Local 275.
    CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said that this announcement is
especially disturbing in the light of the massive manufacturing job loss that
has already occurred in the region.
    "We will be contacting the federal, provincial and municipal governments
immediately to intervene to keep this facility open," said Hargrove.
    "While workers are suffering from job loss, it is the Harper government
that should bear the brunt of the responsibility for this closure. This
government's utter insensitivity to the plight of working Canadians is
shameful and must come to an end."
    "In my 16 years as president of the union, I have never seen such
governmental indifference," said Hargrove.
    CAW Local 275 President Tom Napper said that this closure announcement is
a disaster for the Niagara region. "Now, there are so few places to work -this
was one facility that was looked to as a positive example in the community and
without proper political intervention, it may be gone too."
    Workers at the plant produce gators, loaders & cutters.

For further information:

For further information: please call CAW National Representative, Mike
Menacanin, (cell) (905) 704-8226 or CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699

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