CAW Delegates Converge in Toronto for Weekend Long Council Meeting

December 1, 2011, 2:05 PM EST


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CAW members from across Canada will meet in downtown Toronto for the union's CAW Council meetings at the Sheraton Centre from December 2 to 4. The Council is considered the union's parliamentary body where delegates, representing rank-and-file members, meet to discuss and debate current issues facing the union.

What:  CAW Council
When:    December 2 to 4, 2011
Where:  Grand Ballroom, Lower Level - Sheraton Centre,
123 Queen Street West, Toronto

CAW President Ken Lewenza will address council delegates at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Friday, December 2. His speech will touch on issues such as the federal government's anti-worker, anti-union agenda, what Lewenza calls the wrongheaded use of back-to-work legislation, damaging consequences of the federal government's omnibus crime bill, the recent settlement with Air Canada and other concerns facing workers across the country. 

Council will feature a number of guest speakers, including best-selling author and journalist Linda McQuaig on Friday, December 2 at 2 p.m. as well as federal NDP leadership candidate, Member of Parliament (Parkdale-High Park) and former assistant to the national CAW president, Peggy Nash on Friday at 3 p.m.

The Council meeting will include a tribute to the late federal NDP leader Jack Layton and the 20th anniversary of the White Ribbon Campaign, of which he was a founder. NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) will speak at this tribute on Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m. Recognizing his decades of work to end violence against women and promote women's socio-economic and political equality, the CAW will be dedicating a room in Layton's honour at the YWCA's Elm Centre, to be located downtown Toronto.

The Elm Centre will house the YWCA's new Toronto office, and have 300 affordable apartments for single low-income women, women with children, women living with mental health and addiction issues and families of Aboriginal ancestry.

Media are welcome to attend CAW Council.

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