CAW Fighting for Canadian Manufacturing Jobs Rally

May 27, 2007

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CAW Fighting For Canadian Jobs Rally
CAW Fighting For Canadian Manufacturing Jobs Rally
dated May 27, 2007

Windsor, Ontario
May 27, 2007

       The streets of Windsor Ontario were jammed with over 30,000 workers demanding action from the federal government to protect manufacturing jobs in Canada. Since 2002 Canada has lost 250,000 manufacturing jobs. Speaking at the rally in downtown Windsor, Buzz Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto Workers union said the people have to force the politicians to act.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "A lot of Canadians are feeling the pain of the loss of manufacturing jobs but no community is feeling the pain as much as the City of Windsor is feeling that pain. But if we stick together brothers and sisters; if we keep the heat on the government leadership and all parties in the House to insist, "let's get off of some of the chicken shit arguments we're having in the House of Commons. Let's deal with the real issue that is facing working people and that is the loss of jobs."
       Representatives from various unions and labour organizations rallied to the fight to save Canadian manufacturing jobs. Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress said the Harper Conservative government needs to change course.

Ken Georgetti
Pres. Canadian Labour Congress

       "Quite negotiating trade agreements that are putting us out of work. Stop putting in place tax policies that let companies relocate in third world jurisdictions. And start being elected and democratically represent the people of Windsor and Essex county."
       Canadian Union of Public Employees president, Paul Moist, pledged the support of the over half million members of CUPE in the fight to save Canadian jobs.

Paul Moist
Pres. CUPE

       "There are two economies in Canada; a public sector to support our communities and a private sector to make those communities great. We need good paying jobs. Our parents and our grand parents built this country. These jobs are worth fighting for and know this. The Canadian Union of Public Employees will walk with you to defend those jobs everywhere in Canada. Stand strong!"
       Ken Lewenza, president of Local 444 in Windsor summed up what this fight is all about.

Ken Lewenza
CAW Local 444 President

       "When you look in the mirror you don't care about yourself any more. I could care less about me as an individual, but I darn care like you do about the kids that in this audience here today that they will have good paying manufacturing jobs here in Canada."
       Following the rally Hargrove said the fight is just beginning and mobilizing public opinion will force politicians to deal with the manufacturing crisis.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The message has to come from the communities. In every community we are holding forums in addition to the rallies but this is what gets government's attention. If nobody had shown up today the government would have said, the manufacturing base loss is not an issue people don't care. People have to care. They can't ignore this kind of demonstration here today."
       The CAW and the labour movement is continuing the fight to save Canada's manufacturing jobs, determined to make it a major issue in the next federal election.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."

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