CAW Joins Status for All March
May 5, 2007
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CAW Joins Status For All March
dated May 5, 2007
May 5, 2007
The Canadian Auto Workers union, along with other trade unionists, was front and center in the "Status For All" demonstration and march in downtown Toronto Saturday May 5th demanding immediate changes to Canada's immigration laws and an end to the deportation of undocumented workers. Said Duale of CAW Local 252 urged all CAW members to mobilize to protect the 500,000 undocumented workers in Canada.
CAW Local 252
"What we can do now brothers and sisters you have to be part of this involvement and you have to sign the petitions that are going around and you have to go to your MP and argue with them and tell them what's going on. We have to say, again and again status for all, status for all, no one is illegal thank you very much in solidarity."
Speaker after speaker denounced the current government immigration polices and demanded the immediate implementation of "don't ask don't tell" and "status for all" programs. Maria Pinto, president of CAW local 673, who immigrated to Canada 28 years ago, said the laws have changed to keep working class people out.
Pres. CAW Local 673
"If I was 28 years younger and I was trying today most probably I wouldn't qualify for legal status. I would have to go through the back door exactly the same way as most of the people who are being deported because they don't have a chance to get in there."
"So it is a matter of changing policy, of really wanting in Canada working people who will contribute to this society rather than making it only for big money."
The CAW national union, as well as many Toronto area locals, turned out to show solidarity against the deportation of undocumented workers.
CAW Local 2002
"I'm here to bring attention to the plight of undocumented workers in Canada; to also offer up some information to the general public who don't really know what's going on; that these workers are in Canada, they are working, they are contributing to our economy and that they are all not just sitting on welfare which is a misconception in society right now."
CAW National Rep.
"It's important to the union because we have workers in our society and sometimes in our own workplaces who are undocumented and sometimes they end up being deported. Our natural response as a union, our solidarity response is to defend our own members, to defend workers."
The "Status for all no one is illegal" campaign is continuing the fight for a complete overhaul of the immigration laws and an end to deportations.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."