CAW Council Ken Lewenza Address

April 29, 2011


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CAW Council April 2011 Len Lewenza'a Address
CAW Council April 29-30 2011
dated April 29, 2011

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 29, 2011
      

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 29, 2011


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President 

       "Its an exciting time for us in the labour movement. It is an exciting time for us politically. There are seven or eight provincial elections this year, and today in the province of Ontario, Hudak is leading in the polls not by a lot but leading in the polls and Hudak is the twin brother of Mike Harris. The fact of the matter is if he gets an opportunity to govern we are back to the days of Mike Harris. We are back to the days of attacking workers, we are back to the days of cutting out the public sector and cutting out the services that the public sector provides. So in all provinces I am going to ask the delegates through my recommendations today that we stay politically active that we work as hard as we possibly can in the interest of our members, that we treat politics as seriously as we treat collective bargaining. Because a conservative government, a Reform government, a Canadian Alliance government is not a government that represents the interests of workers, not a government that represents the interests of the unemployed, not a government that represents the interests of, obviously, seniors. So we keep the momentum going, we politically engage, we work hard. Politics matters in Canada, taxes matter in Canada, democracy matters in Canada. We must have a policy within the social movement, within the progressive movement that we have a fair taxation policy not attack taxes. We can't let the Tea Party republican theory come to Canada. We care about our country, we are passionate about our country, we are passionate about our community, we are passionate about Canadian citizens and I would suggest that in Canada we are passionate about all injustices throughout the world. To hear Steven Harper say that out of all the G8 Canada is in the best position, we have had enough data from the OACD that I think Canada sits about eighth or ninth in the economy globally but they keep saying we are in the best position. But we are never going to be in the best position when the unemployment rate continues to be incredibly high. But the most damaging part of unemployment outside of those numbers and again those numbers are statistical, those do not tell the real story. The people that no longer are in the labour force, no longer looking for work are not part of that statistic. Aren't you folks a little surprised, I am, that the gasoline prices have not raised a complete uproar in Canada. It drives me absolutely nuts that over the last three or four months gasoline in Canada has increased thirty percent, thirty cents a litre. When you have to put one hundred dollars in your gas tank each and every time you fill up, some people are making a decision between gas and food. Brother and Sisters there are alternatives to this. We ought to go public and talk about the union's position on the cost of gasoline and energy more generally and we are going to wake up parliamentarians and legislatures in every province of the country to the fact that it doesn't have to be this way."


 Charles Redden
CAW Local 462 President

       "I speak on behalf of over two thousand workers in fourteen different work places that have lost their employment due to work place closures over the last six to seven years. We have another four work places that are going to suffer the same fate with over three hundred workers. I would like to thank the National and our national reps. for their assistance in bargaining with the employer to achieve decent severance packages that were better than their collective agreements."


Mary Straus
CAW Retiree

       "Gas is a dollar thirty seven around me and I just can't afford to do it and if it takes a campaign, Kenny, I know you can do it and so can we."


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