CAW Endorses a New Environmental Policy

August 11, 2007

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CAW Endorses A New Environmental Policy
CAW Endorses A New Environmental Policy
dated August 11, 2007

St. John's, Nfld.
August 11, 2007

       The Canadian Auto Workers union has endorsed a new environmental policy at the CAW Joint Council meeting in St. John's Newfoundland August 11, 2007. The policy is aimed at protecting not only the environment but also Canadian manufacturing jobs.
       In presenting the Climate Change and Our Jobs, Finding The Right Balance policy paper Sari Sairanen CAW Director of Health & Safety & the Environment said Canadian workers can benefit from protecting the environment.

Sari Sairanen
CAW Dir. Health & Safety

       "Business never changes voluntarily on issues like labour rights, Canadian content or social responsibility. They have to be pushed. We've been there. We've pushed and we will continue pushing and on the environment we will be there as well. We're not going to get trapped into that box that somehow trades off our jobs against the environment."
       The delegates, including Loretta Woodcock of Local 2002 and Ken Bondy, CAW Health And Safety National Co-ordinator, unanimously supported the recommendations in the paper.

Loretta Woodcock
CAW Local 2002

       "We need to look at small cars and encouraging small car manufacturing in Canada and I do agree with this report in that perspective."

Ken Bondy
CAW National Co-ordinator Health & Safety

       "The environment and what is happening today is our future. And we all have an obligation in this room to say that we have left the environment in a better place than what we are dealing with today."
       Sairanen said research showed major gains in the renewable energy field has created thousands of jobs in Europe and the same thing can happen in Canada.

Sari Sairanen
CAW Dir. Health & Safety

       "We're going to continue effecting change. We're going to do it together because we all deserve to have the jobs. We all deserve to be in our communities and fighting back does make a difference."
       CAW National President Buzz Hargrove joined Sairanen in urging the delegates to use the policy paper as a tool to educate their members and the public.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "For example, just use the example of the Toyota Prius, which Toyota takes such credit for being and environmentally friendly. When you add the resources that are shipped around the world into Japan to build it and then shipping it out by boat back it is probably one of the least, least friendly vehicles to the environment. A lot of people just don't get that message."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."

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