Nemak closure demonstrates need for real auto policy, says CAW President

    TORONTO and WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Nearly 500 more workers will be
out of a job when Nemak Essex Aluminum plant closes its doors in the first
quarter of 2009, more devastating news to a community already plagued by high
unemployment rates, says CAW President Buzz Hargrove.
    "This is a crushing blow to Ford/Nemak workers and the Windsor area which
has one of the highest unemployment rates of any large city across the
country," said Hargrove.
    This morning's announcement is further evidence that Canada needs to deal
with the issue of unbalanced trade with Asia and Europe and the soaring
Canadian dollar which are eroding the country's auto industry, according to
Hargrove. "The Harper government must move quickly to develop a long term
automotive policy that will both stop the job loss and rebuild Canada's most
important industry," said Hargrove.
    Nemak workers are represented by CAW Local 200.
    "This is extremely frustrating and disappointing news for our members,
who have already been living under the weight of job insecurity for many
months," said Mike Vince, President of CAW Local 200 and Chair of the Ford
Master Bargaining Committee.
    The announcement also underlines the necessity of federal government
support for the Ford Essex Engine plant, which has the possibility of
re-opening its doors, if the government is willing, said Vince.
    Nemak produces aluminum heads for Ford engines and is a joint venture of
Ford Motor Company and the Mexican firm Alfa.

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699 or CAW Local 200 President Mike Vince, (cell) (519) 965-2558

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