CAW Celebrates Community Diversity in Brampton

July 26, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

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CAW Local 1285 participated in the 2012 Carabram celebrations, in Brampton, Ontario from July 13 to 15.

Celebrating its 30th year, the annual Carabram festival is designed to promote an understanding and appreciation of the various cultures that make up the City of Brampton.

Local 1285 hosted a Canadian Pavilion at the union hall during the festival, offering visitors the opportunity to meet local suppliers and sample locally-made jams, jellies and other goods. Displays were set up to promote the work of community artisans and painters and a live band played a set of classic Canadian songs.

CAW Local 1285 President Leon Rideout said he is proud of the local's continued support for the festival and that the spirit of inclusivity, tolerance and community solidarity within Carabram reflects the values of the CAW and social unionism.

CAW volunteers spoke to visitors about important issues facing workers in Canada, including proposed Employment Insurance reforms and changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

Hundreds of signatures were collected for the CAW's Good Jobs Pledge.

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