2008


    December 19, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 44

    • Aid for Auto Industry Positive Step for Economy
    • Entire Economy Devastated if Big Three Fail, Report Says
    • Ontario Government Proposes New Pension Funding Legislation
    • Local 20 President Receives Bud Jimmerfield Award
    • New Agreement at Pharma Plus Drugmarts
    • Last issue of CONTACT for 2008


    December 12, 2008 - CAW Council Edition - Volume 38, No. 43

    • Responding to the Auto Industry Crisis
    • Auto Jobs Funnel Money Into Communities
    • Coalition Yes, CAW Council Says
    • Buy Canadian - Build Communities: Tell Your Elected Representatives
    • Emergency Measures for Laid Off Workers
    • No to Canada/Columbia Free Trade
    • Speak Out on Violence Against Women, CAW Members Urged
    • CAW Takes on Mental Illness
    • Congratulations to the new CAW Council Executive!
    • Boycott Simmons Canada Mattresses
    • Support Boycott of Petro Canada
    • Frank McAnally - 1945 - 2008
    • Locked Out Alumetco Workers Now Out of Job
    • Unemployment Numbers Result of Government Inaction
    • Voith Siemens Settlement Victory at CAW Local 252
    • Greater Protection for Temporary Workers Long Overdue
    • International Human Rights Day: December 10th
    • Cartoon - Canadian Economy


    December 5, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 42

    • CAW Throws Full Support Behind Coalition Government
    • Progressive Leaders Urge Coalition Government
    • CAW Calls on Government to Provide Economic Stimulus
    • World AIDS Day - December 1
    • CAW Skilled Trades Council Executive
    • DID YOU KNOW?


    November 28, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 41

    • The CAW's Response to the Auto Crisis
    • CAW Calls for Increase to EI
    • Living Wage in Toronto is $16.60 Per Hour, Study Finds
    • Good Jobs for All Summit
    • Mayors Urge Federal-Provincial Action on the Auto Crisis
    • CAW Local 4005 Young Workers Committee
    • Voith Siemens Hydro Power Strike - CAW Local 252
    • Education Update!
    • Made in Canada Matters ad


    November 21, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 40

    • Throne Speech Fails to Deliver on Economic Crisis, CAW Says
    • Compulsory Arbitration in Health Care Gets Thumbs Down
    • Health Risks Underestimated by Soil Assessment Study in Sudbury
    • ITUC Report Says 91 Trade Unionists Killed in 2007
    • Education Update!


    November 14, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 39

    • GM Job Cuts Highlight Need for Government Support of Canada's Auto Industry
    • Canadian Content Rules Do Not Violate Trade Agreements
    • CAW Members ratify Three-Year Agreement at Bombardier
    • CAW Delegates Attend Ontario Health Care Assembly
    • CAW Local 599 and Xstrata Copper Reach an Agreement
    • International Truck Layoffs Betray Agreement & Government Funding
    • Govermment Officials to Meet Navistar Regarding Layoffs
    • CAMI to Cut Hundreds of Jobs in Ingersoll
    • CAW's Payne Takes Over as Labour Federation President in Newfoundland/Labrador
    • Good Jobs for All: Toronto Summit


    November 7, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 38

    • No Downtime or Layoffs for Chrysler's Canadian Facilities
    • Government Must Prevent "Industrial Disaster", CAW Says
    • Canadian Labour Calls for National Petro-Canada Boycott
    • Hospital Bargaining Committees Meet
    • FFAW/CAW's Payne Elected President of Newfoundland/Labrador Federation of Labour


    October 31, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 37

    • CAW Calls for Loan Guarantees, Opposes GM-Chrysler Merger
    • CAW Local 111 Launches "More Buses Now" Campaign
    • CAW Calls for Amended Health & Safety Act
    • Support for United Way
    • Accepting Applications for Bud Jimmerfield Award
    • Correction


    October 24, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 36

    • CAW Urges Daimler to Keep St. Thomas Truck Plant Open
    • Village Seniors Community Information Picket
    • New Agreement at Staatford Auto Parts Maker
    • CAW/TCA Members Approve St. Lawrence Seaway Contracts
    • LabourTech08: Technology for Working People
    • Cartoon - Groundhog Day


    CONTACT - ELECTION SPECIAL! - October 17, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 35

    • Canadians Have Rejected Harper's Vision, Says CAW President
    • Closure of Sterling Truck Huge Blow to Region
    • IMP Aerospace Workers Back on Job After Refusilng Unsafe Work
    • Tentative Agreements at St. Lawsrence Seaway
    • International Day of Older Persons: October 1st
    • Massive Canadian-Built Turbines to Churn Out Power by 2010
    • World Day for Decent Work: October 7
    • CAW Youth Head to Poland for UN Climate Negotiations
    • CAW Launches Boycott of Simmons Mattresses
    • CAW's Sairanen Appointed to WSIB Board
    • Human Rights Conference: Rescheduled
    • New Members


    October 10, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 34

    • Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Gets the Boot
    • Workers Create Toronto Funeral Procession Mourning Job Losses
    • CAW Identifies 40 Strategic Ridings; Urges Strategic Vote to Stop Conservatives
    • Harper's Economic Plan a 'Desperate Act', CAW Says

     


    October 3, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 33

    • Stop a Harper Majority, Lewenza Urges
    • Give Tories The Boot
    • Economic Development Poll
    • Ombudsman's Investigation Into Long-Term Care
    • CAW Members on Strike at Xstrata Copper
    • CAW Human Rights Conference


    September 26, 2008 - Volume 38, No.32

     

    • CAW Members Rally Against Conservatives in Oshawa
    • Future of Owen Sound Glass Plant in Ruins
    • Simmons Denies Workers Severance and Termination Pay
    • Give Tories the Boot Campaign
    • Setting the Record Straight on Harper
    • CAW Responds to Hurricane-Battered Haiti
    • New College of Trades in Ontario
    • Cartoon
    • Make Poverty History: It Matters to Canadians


    September 19, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 31

    • Stop a Harper Majority, CAW Urges
    • CAW Blasts Harper Pledge to Relax Foreign Takeover Rules
    • CAW Supports the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA)
    • Closure Agreement Reached at Fabco in Windsor
    • CAW's New Look


    September 10, 2008 - Volume 38, No.30

    • Delegates Elect Ken Lewenza New President
    • Federal Funds for Essex Engine Welcome, But Long Overdue
    • CAW Brings Made in Canada Message to Municipalities
    • CAW Says TTC Decision to Reissue Streetcar Bid Threatens Canadian Jobs
    • Mississauga Toyota Workers End Strike, Ratify Agreement
    • Fleming Door Strike Ends, Workers Receive Severance
    • Rally for Quality Public Health CAre in Ontario
    • CAW and AFN Celebrate Clean Water for Little Salmon Carmacks
    • Economics for Everyone Goes on Tour
    • Tax Cuts Aren't the Solution, CAW Economist Says
    • Workers Shocked by Simmon's Canada Plant Closure
    • Women Test Their Political Savvy at Annual Women's Conference
    • CAW Local 483 Celebrates 65th Anniversary
    • Labour Day Message: Lean and Mean Has Gone Too Far by Buzz Hargrove, CAW National President
    • 2008 CAW Retired Workers Council and Conference
    • CAW's New Online Loook!
    • Note: Contact Schedule


    August 22, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 29

    • CAW Solidarity Means Former Ledco Workers Get Severance
    • New Agreement at Transfreight
    • Marine Atlantic Asbestos Claims
    • Boot Campaign Against Manufacturing Job Losses
    • CAW Local Unions Buy Van for London Women's Shelter
    • Workers Devastated by MTD Closure, Government Inaction Ensures More to Come
    • Strike at Toyota Dealership Enters 12th Week
    • Manufacturing Matters to St. Thomas Rally
    • Driving with Pride 2008
    • CAW President Says Harper Inaction on Job Loss is Shameful
    • Passing of Former CAW Local 2301 President Ross Slezak
    • Natal Day
    • CAW National Skilled Trades Council Elects New President - Endorses Lewenza and Kennedy
    • CAW Negotiates Monies for Plastech Workers' Severance
    • CAW Members on Strike at Simmons in Brampton
    • New Units


    August 08, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 28

    • CAW Reaches Close-Out Settlement with GM for Oshawa Truck Plant
    • Members at OLG Ratify New Agreement
    • Workers Shocked at Closure Announcement at Owens-Illinois
    • Cemetery Workers Ratify New Agreement
    • CAW Members Secure Pensions, Ratify Agreement at Wescast
    • CAW Urges Canadian Content in Government Infrastructure Projects
    • New Investment at Coca-Cola Weston Plant
    • CAW Applauds Ombudsman's Nursing Home Investigation
    • Halifax Urged to Award Ferry Contract to Canadian Builder
    • CAW Rail Conference: Date Change
    • Protests Against End to 35-Hour Work Week in France
    • DID YOU KNOW?


    July 25, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 27

    • CAW to Hold Special Convention on September 6
    • Devastating News at Sterling Trucks
    • CAW Skilled Trades Volunteers Help Little Salmon/Carmacks
    • Boeing Members Reach New Agreement in Winnipeg
    • Newfoundland Harvesters Vote For Fall Cod Fishery
    • CAW Local 1090 Members on Strike at Fleming Door
    • CAW Locals Recognized at CALM Awards
    • CALM Awards 2008
    • First Agreement Victory at Aerofreeze Manufacturing in BC
    • CAW Participates in Toronto's St. James Town Festival
    • Wage Protection Welcome News But Government Must Do More
    • Windsor to Purchase Canadian-Made Hybrid Transit Buses
    • Walk4Justice This Summer
    • Strong Agreement at XEPA Transport
    • Garden Inn Employees Ratify New Agreement
    • Zimbabwean Trade Unionists Face Trial
    • Roots of Labour Activism in Canada
    • CAW New Members

     


    July 11, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 26

    • Buzz Hargrove to Retire in September
    • CAW NEB Endorses New Leadership Candidates
    • CAW President Honoured with Order of Canada
    • CAW Members Ratify Agreement with Transport Canada
    • Polywheels Manufacturing to Close Oakville Facility
    • Youth Meet to Tackle Tar Sands and Promote Green Jobs
    • CAW Shows its LGBT Pride in Toronto
    • Habitat Comes Home to Oshawa
    • CAW Supports Workers at Non-Union Parts Plant Blockade
    • Mississauga Toyota Strike Enters Sixth Week
    • Journal de Quebec Workers Ratify Deal, Ending Lock-Out
    • Staff Appointment


    June 27, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 25

    • Canada's Auto Trade Deficit Goes from Bad to Worse
    • Hundreds Support Striking CAW Members at OLG Slots
    • CAW/MWF Members Benefit from Build of Two New Ferries
    • CAW to Protest Bully Negotiating Tactics of Woodingford Lodge
    • CLC Ontario Representative Needed
    • CONTACT Summer Schedule


    June 20, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 24

    • CAW Aims to Soften Blow of Air Canada Layoff Announcement
    • CAW Presses GM to Allocate Product for Oshawa Truck Plant
    • Demonstrators Demand Universal Child Care Program
    • Maple Leaf Workers Fight Off Concessions, Ratify Agreement
    • Women's Shelter Workers Ratify Agreement, Ending Lock-Out
    • Tax Cuts Aren't the Solution, McQuaig Says
    • CAW Hosts Barbeque at Woodbine Racetrack
    • Economics for Everyone: Jim Stanford's New Book
    • Staff Appointments
    • Cartoon


    June 16, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 23

    • Collective Bargaining and Political Action Convention, June 10-12, 2008
    • Taking on the Challenge
    • Solidarity March for Oshawa Truck Plant Workers
    • Bargaining and Political Action Agenda
    • Women's Inequality Perpetuated by Violence, YWCA CEO Says
    • CUPE President Pledges Solidarity with Oshawa Truck Plant Workers
    • Continue to Fight Corporate Power, CLC President Says
    • Ford Strike Voted Most Underrated Rebellion
    • Workers Need Strong Unions to Tackle Globalization
    • 100 Years of History
    • Renew Fight for Universal Health Care, CFNU Pres Urges
    • Apology Shows Canada Coming to Terms with its Past, AFN Chief Says
    • Gala Dinner Raises Millions for Homeless Youth


    June 6, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 22

    • CAW Demands GM Retain Shift at Oshawa Truck Plant
    • Ford Adds Third Shift at Oakville
    • Oshawa Workers Form Blockade at GM HQ
    • Canada Lagging Behind G8 in Space Capabilities
    • Company Refuses Third-Party Arbitration as Lock-Out Continues
    • National Day of Action for First Nations
    • New CATCA Young Controller Council
    • OLG Workers on Strike at Three Locations
    • Rally: Universal Child Care Now!
    • GO Contract Provides More Work for CAW Local 103 Members
    • Manufacturing Matters Oshawa Campaign School


    May 29, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 21

    • CLC Convention Forges Labour Solidarity
    • Talks Stalled with Waterloo Region Shelters
    • Top in Trades Training: CAW Wins BC Apprenticeship
    • Ontario Paramedics Rally for Full Pensions at Age 60
    • CLC Boycott Against Horizon Milling and Robin Hood
    • CORRECTION


    May 23, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 20

    • CAW Members Ratify Three Year Agreement at GM, Chrysler
    • CAW Re-Launches Organizing Campaign at Niagara Casino
    • CAW/DHL Council
    • EI Conference: Sign Up Now
    • New Members
    • Manufacturing Matters Rally


    May 16, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 19

    • CAW President Frustrated and Angered by Windsor Transmission Plant Closure
    • Manufacturing Jobs Slipping Away at an Alarming Rate
    • Agreement at Hudson's Bay Stores
    • CAW's Hargrove Applauds Decision to Block MDA's Sale
    • International Day Against Homophobia: May 17th


    May 9, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 18

    • Ford Workers Ratify New Collective Agreement
    • Quebec Council Celebrates New Director and Silver Anniversary
    • May Day Celebrates Labour's Victories
    • CAW Visits Queen's University, May 7 and 8
    • Rally Targets Jim Flaherty's Riding: June 1
    • Agreement at Dominion Stores in Ontario
    • University of Manitoba Aboriginal Student Centre
    • Hope for Fortune, Newfoundland Fish Plant Workers
    • Corporate Tax Cuts Don't Help Struggling Regions, Study Says
    • Marathon Raises Awareness on Accessbility Issues
    • New Manufacturing Matters Ad


    May 2, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 17

    • CAW Reaches Tentative Settlement with For Oshawa
    • GM Workers Hit with Another Shift Loss 
    • Plastech Announces Closure of Leamington Plant
    • South African Transport Union Refuses to Unload Weapons
    • Temporary Foreign Worker Program Flawed
    • CAW Health Care Conference
       


    April 25, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 16

    • April 28/ Day of Mourning 
    • CAW Members Ratify Deal With Cascade
    • Online Torch Relay Raises Awareness for Human Rights
    • SPP Talks Spark Concern for Canadians
    • Niagara Region Manufacturing Matters Campaign School
    • A Fair Contract for Aramack Workers at Seneca
       


    April 18, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 15

    • Auto Community Fact Sheets
    • Overwhelming Strike Vote at Cascade Aerospace
    • CAW President Calls For End to MDA Sale Talks
    • Earth Day: April 22
    • Iranian Trade Union Leader Freed
    • Federal Budget Overstates Auto Industry Support, CAW Says
    • Workers' Compensation Conference
    • New Members
       


    April 11, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 14

    • Casino Windsor Workers Ratify Agreement, Avoiding Strike
    • CAW Encouraged by News That MDA Sale Halted
    • Second Magna Plant Joins CAW Under Framework of Fairness 
    • Progress for Dana Workers With First Agreement 
    • CAW Kicks Off Campaign Schools
    • Cartoon
       


    April 4, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 13

    • CAW COUNCIL - PORT ELGIN - March 28-30, 2008
    • CAW Earth Hour 2008 Event a Success
    • Solidarity with Locked out Quebecor Workers
    • Sysco Workers Ratify New Collective Agreement
    • Fundraiser for Eva's Phoenix 
    • Stop Sale of MDA Space Robotics
    • Fighting Anti-Labour Laws in Saskatchewan
    • Buy Canadian - Build Our Communities
    • Ford Essex Still Needs Feds to Put in Their Share
    • CAW Council Commemorates Day of Mourning, April 28
    • Health & Safety Act Must Protect Women from Harassment and Violence
    • Lofthouse Brass Workers Left Out in Cold
    • CAW Ban Asbestos Campaign Recognized with Award
    • DID YOU KNOW?
       


    March 28, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 12

    • No Two-Tier Wages, CAW Says
    • Delay in MDA Sale Good, Stopping it Would be Better
    • Ontario Budget Buffers Economic Challenges 
    • Health Care Funding to Support Ontario Long Term Care Facilities
    • Tentative Agreement Reached at Dana Canada 
    • CAW Demands End to Violence Against Striking Workers
       


    March 21, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 11

    • CAW Calls for Minimum Long-Term Care Staffing Standards
    • MPs Approve Canadian Content Motion
    • Ford Strike Voted Most Underrated Rebellion
    • CAW Workers' Compensation Conference
    • March 21: International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    • Campaign to Allow Paramedics to Retire at 60 Years of Age 
    • Cartoon
       


    March 14, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 10

    • Manufacturing Jobs at Record Low
    • New Agreement at Integram Seating in Windsor
    • Long-Term Care Workers Suffer High Levels of Violence
    • CAW President Blasts Vehicle Penalty Fees 
    • New Product for International Truck in Chatham, Ontario
    • Bob White International Internship Recipient
    • CAW/FFAW Shrimp Committees Donate $50,000 to Daffodil Place
    • Government Must Renew Commitment to Space 
    • CAW Health Care Conference
    • International Women's Day: Why Harper is Turning Back the Clock on Women's Equality:
    • New CAW Youth Newsletter!
       


    March 7, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 9

    • CAW Wins Representation Vote at GTAA in Toronto
    • Strong Gains for Workers at TRW in Windsor
    • March 6: Action Day for Iranian Workers
    • Major Gains Bargained at Edgewater Casino in B.C.
    • Campaign to Allow Paramedics to Retire at 60 Years of Age 
    • GM Truck Plant Affected by American Axle Strike
       


    February 29, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 8

    • Federal Auto Fund Falls Short, CAW President Says
    • Budget Fails on Equality Issues 
    • Budget Does Nothing to Address Shortfalls in EI
    • Alternative Federal Budget Blasts Irresponsible Federal Tax Cuts
    • Former UAW President Doug Fraser Passes Away
    • International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day
    • Equality - Once and For All!
    • New Members
    • Rabble.ca
    • Reminder: Family Education Program Deadline Near
       


    February 22, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 7

    • CP Workers Ratify New Collective Agreement
    • Skilled Trades Set Their Bargaining Agenda
    • Drop in Manufacturing Signifies Larger Economic Problem 
    • Manufacturing Crisis Campaign Builds Momentum 
    • Holmes Foundry Activist Honoured
    • Activists Demand Funds for Housing, Not War
    • Chinese New Year Celebrations
    • TTC Must Raise Canadian Content of Mass Transit Vehicles
    • Stop For-Profit Big-Box Child Care in Ontario
    • Solidarity in Sudbury
    • Building a Diversified, Value-Added, Productive Economy
    • Big Three COLA: onor After March 1, 2008
       


    February 15, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 6

    • Hargrove Challenges Feds to Deal with Auto Crisis
    • Martinrea Threatens Closure of Kitchener Frame 
    • Workers Picket County of Oxford Courthouse
    • CAW Taxi Drivers Protest New Surveillance Cameras
    • CAW Endorses Earth Hour
    • Joint Statement on Canada-Korea Trade
    • Conservative Trade Policy Undemocratic
    • CAW Young Worker Selected for ITF Task Group
    • Workers Need Protection Under the Law
    • CAW Recognized for Community Work With Physically Disabled People
    • RSI Awareness Day: February 29
    • CAW Health and Safety Conference
    • CAW Women's Survey Examines Workplaces Obstacles
    • CAW DREC Donates Award Winnings To Friends Of The Second Marsh 


    February 8, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 5

    • Nemak Closure Demonstrates Need for Real Auto Policy
    • GTAA Workers Awarded Right to Vote
    • Harper Government Ignores Own Promise on FTAs
    • Book Drive for Aboriginal Youth
    • Victory for Quality Public Health Care 
    • Queen Honours Mitic For Commonwealth Conferences
    • Grand River Transit Workers Vote to Strike
    • CAW SJF Donates to PFLAG
    • Dangerous Complacency Over Global Economy
    • CAW Youth Network
    • CAW Youth Ad
       


    February 1, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 4

    • CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement With CP Rail
    • Occupation Ends, CAW Continues to Press for Severance 
    • CAW Calls for Buy-Canada Transit Policy
    • CAW Members Ratify Contract With Ontario Nursing Homes 
    • Young Workers in BC to Rally for Minimum Wage
       


    January 25, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 3

    • Hargrove Insists GM Honour Commitment to Oshawa 
    • Ledco Shuts out Workers, Closes Doors
    • Stop Sale of Canadarm Manufacturer to American Arms Maker
    • Alberta Workers Target Tories, Demand Change
    • Collins & Aikman Guelph Plant Announces Closure
    • CAW Members Press Tory MP to Help Reopen Essex Plant
    • CAW President Angry Over Decision to Withhold Funds
    • New Course Helps Members with Dependencies
    • CAW Offers 25 Student Bursaries
    • CAW Encouraged by Tough Trade Talk
    • Labor Notes Conference 2008
    • CAW National Health Care Conference
    • CAW 2008 Family Education Program
    • Staff Appointment
    • Did You Know?
       


    January 18, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 2

    • CAW Workers at CP Rail Vote to Strike if Necessary
    • CAW Calls for Fair Deal for Ontario in Commons
    • Canadarm Sale Raises Deep Concerns 
    • Tentative Agreement Reached With Ontario Nursing Homes
    • Canadian Workers Win Stronger Wage and Pension Protections 
    • CAW Lends Support to Local Youth Shelter
    • Ontario Lags in Caring for Seniors, CAW Says
    • CAW Environment Activists Hold Public Forum in Durham
    • Falsework
    • Government Must Act on Manufacturing Job Loss
    • Newest Youth Committee Established at Local 973
    • Manitoba Health and Safety Conference
    • New Members
       


    January 11, 2008 - Volume 38, No. 1

    • CAW, Ontario Government and Auto Industry 
    • Top CEOs Rake it in
    • CAW Presses Ford for New Investment
    • Bartenders and Servers Ratify with Woodbine Entertainment
    • CAW Wins Settlement for Miramar Mine Workers
    • Ontario Marches to Demand Real Pay Equity
    • CAW Donates to 44 Food Banks Across Canada
    • TTC Mandates 25 per cent Canadian Content Requirement 
    • Staff Changes
    • DID YOU KNOW
    • Government Benefits 2008
       


    October 24, 2008 - Volume 38, No.36

    • CAW Urges Daimler to Keep St. Thomas Truck Plant Open
    • Village Seniors Community Information Picket
    • New Agreement at Stratford Auto Parts Maker
    • CAW/TCA Members approve St. Lawrence Seaway Contracts
    • LabourTech08: Technology for Working People
    • Cartoon/Groundhog Day