Media Advisory - Labour Groups Call for Buy-Canada Transit Policy

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers union will be holding
a joint press conference together with the Toronto and York Region District
Labour Council and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 calling on
the Ontario government to require a majority of Canadian content in the
purchase of new light rail vehicles by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
and require comprehensive domestic final assembly.
    The TTC is in the process of tendering a project worth $1.2 billion for
the purchase of 204 next generation low-floor streetcars, making it the
largest light rail contract ever awarded in North America.
    "Taxpayers dollars should be spent in Canada to support Canadian workers,
their families and communities," says CAW National President Buzz Hargrove.
    "With 65,000 manufacturing jobs lost in Ontario last year alone, our
elected officials must take the lead in protecting good jobs, and a policy for
Canadian content is an important step in the right direction."
    The main funds for this project will come from the provincial government.
With no Buy-Canadian content rules in place, similar to those in other
countries, there is no guarantee that our economy will benefit from this
record purchase.
    Last year the TTC decided, based on a consultant's report, to require
only 25 per cent Canadian content on the light rail project and that there
would be no requirement for final vehicle assembly in Canada.
    At this event, the CAW will release a response to the TTC consultant's
report, challenging its findings and showing that stronger made-in-Canada
rules are necessary.

    What:  Press conference to call for policy requiring Canadian-made and
           built transit vehicles
    Where: Ontario Legislature Building, Queen's Park - 1st Floor Media
    When:  Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

    In attendance:

    John Cartwright - President, Toronto and York Region District Labour
    Bob Kinnear - President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113
    Jenny Ahn - Labour Council executive and Canadian Auto Workers
    Bill Murnighan - Canadian Auto Workers

For further information:

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

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