TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers' union (USW) is pleased
that its efforts on both sides of the border have contributed to "Buy America"
provisions that serve the interests of Canadian and American Steelworkers,
says USW National Director Ken Neumann.
"Our fight is to ensure a level of fair trade that benefits workers in
both Canada and the United States," said Neumann.
Neumann and USW International President Leo W. Gerard were both in
Washington this week meeting with legislators to get changes made to this
element of the US economic stimulus package.
"Our message on Capitol Hill has been to encourage members of the US
steel caucus to approach their counterparts in Canada to discuss a coordinated
approach," Neumann said.
"We believe such an approach would allow the North American industry to
strengthen its ability to create and preserve good jobs in both countries.
"While the focus this week has been in Washington, it is now the Canadian
government that must develop a 'buy Canada' provision in the recently passed
Canadian budget", Neumann said, adding that the advantage of an international
union is the ability to use its influence on both sides of the border,
especially in the case of North American industries that are fully integrated
and where even ownership is without clear borders.
"As an international union, which has the capacity to represent the
interests of Canadian workers in Washington, we believe that our voice has
been heard," Neumann said. "This is just a first step in building a true North
American strategy to meet the challenges of a much broader financial crisis."
The USW represents 250,000 Canadian men and women working in every sector
of the economy.
For further information:
For further information: Ken Neumann, (416) 487-1571; (416) 558-2510;
Pat Van Horne (USW Communications), (416) 544-5990; (416) 347-0217