CAW Ontario Election Leadership Meeting

Toronto, Ontario

August 23, 2011


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CAW Ontario Election Leadership Meeting
CAW Ontario Election Leadership Meeting
dated: August 23, 2011

Toronto, Ontario
August 23, 2011

      

Toronto, Ontario
August 23, 2011

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "Politics are important to the lives of our members. The whole future of the labour movement I believe, I believe without any contradiction at all, is going to be decided in the next provincial election. When I get an opportunity as a national president to go around and talk to rank and file leaders rank and file people on the shop floor or in the work place in those areas that we represent, people know that they have to be politically active. The task force proved that. People understood that there is a connection between our job and a connection to be politically active and win legislative change. Electing Tories is no different than electing your boss. There is no difference between putting Hudak's picture on that piece of paper or Sergio Marchionne's or any one else. The business community has their agenda and their agenda is to maximize profits on the backs of workers. Tim Hudak says; "No more corporate welfare, no more subsidies, no more job creation mechanisms. We will cut taxes and if that isn't enough then they can move on." There is not an industrial country in the world that is not providing some kind of support to enhance business. The day will come and I believe it will come if we keep on doing what we are doing, engaging each other, that we will influence public policy regardless on who gets elected. We need you today in the province of Ontario. We need the local union leadership to understand that you will not survive, you will not survive legislatively and that you will not survive at the bargaining table unless we can change the influence of the labour movement. So brothers and sisters, I say one more time to the staff of our union that made those presentations, that is a lot of work and a lot of effort. But it is a waste of effort and a waste of work if we do not take that information back into our work places. We need to get out and say to our members; "Why would you vote for your boss?" It is a simple question to me. Why would you vote for your boss? So I ask all of you to leave this conference today with determination, with a commitment that we can succeed. For a commitment that we are not going to retreat and we are going to defend the interest of our members, that we are here for the better good. We are here for the collective good of our nation. Thank you very much."



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