Media Advisory - Hargrove Addresses Bargaining Challenges at CAW Council Friday

    TORONTO and PORT ELGIN, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Hundreds of elected
delegates to CAW Council from across the country will come together to meet in
Port Elgin, Ontario at the CAW's Family Education Centre on March 28-30 2008.
    On the agenda will be a speech by CAW President Buzz Hargrove on Friday,
March 28 starting at approximately 9 a.m., where he will address the
political, social and economic challenges facing the union to the 700
delegates gathered. The speech is in anticipation of the union's Collective
Bargaining and Political Action Convention to be held in Toronto June 10-13th
as well as a major round of bargaining with the Big Three North American auto

    CAW Supports Locked Out Quebecor workers

    Friday afternoon CAW delegates will hear from two locked out workers from
Journal du Quebec, a Quebec City newspaper owned by Quebecor / Sun Media.
Journal workers have been locked out since April 22, 2007 after negotiations
broke down between the workers, represented by CUPE / SCFP, and Quebecor.
Since then, workers have been producing a popular daily newspaper called
MédiaMatinQuébec. They recently published their eight millionth issue.
    The presentation is part of a country-wide tour by the CUPE members to
raise awareness about the nearly year-long lock out and the growing
concentration of Canadian media. The tour began on March 12 in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan and will wrap up at the Canadian Labour Congress convention in
May in Toronto.
    Delegates will also celebrate Earth Hour in a special commemorative event
on Saturday, March 29th at 8 p.m. All CAW local unions have been encouraged to
participate in Earth Hour across the country.
    Media are welcome to attend CAW Council, the parliament of the union.

    The CAW represents 260,000 workers across the country.

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699; or Angelo DiCaro, (cell) (416) 606-6311; CUPE Communications,
Alexandre Boulerice, (cell) (514) 668-7148

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