Chrysler Mini Van Launch Example of What The Auto Industry Needs

August 21, 2007


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Chrysler Mini Van Launch Example of What The Auto Industry Needs
Chrysler Mini Van Launch Example of What The Auto Industry Needs
dated August 21, 2007

Windsor, Ontario
August 21, 2007

       Speaking at the official launch of the new Chrysler Mini-van in Windsor August 21, Canadian Auto Workers union national president Buzz Hargrove said the Federal government needs to pay attention to what the province of Ontario and Chrysler has done to protect and increase Canadian Manufacturing jobs.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "In today's environment with the continuing downsizing of GM, Ford and Chrysler you don't automatically get an investment today unless the government is at the table and the union. We made massive changes in our collective agreements as well. So it was absolutely critical. The McGuinty government has been the best supporter of the auto industry that we have had in Queens Park since the days of Bill Davis, and we just need a champion in Ottawa which we don't have today."

       Hargrove said the federal government must get involved

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "What we need is government policy. We can't continue to have a situation where countries support their industry and allow them to sell in their market, build and ship and sell in our market, but close their market to products that we build and will not allow into their market. We need government action to change that situation."

       Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who recently announced another 650 million dollars to develop new green technology and investment in the auto sector, echoed Hargrove's words.

Dalton McGuinty
Premier of Ontario

       "I want to support Buzz and the argument that has been made by so many in the CAW that when it comes to our Federal government entering into agreements with other countries around the world, we're all for open trade; we're all for free trade but more than anything else what we want is fair trade. Nobody does a better car than we do."

       The launch of the new Chrysler mini-van has provided job security at the Windsor Assembly plant. CAW Local 444 president, Ken Lewenza, said the workers, the company and the union secured the new product through co-operation and a willingness to find a better way to build vehicles.

Ken Lewenza
Pres. CAW Local 444

       "Your trust is in the hearts and minds of our workers and as long as we are systematically resolving the problems that are raised by the workers in the best interest of the customer, which is the most important person in our lives, then we will succeed as a company and we will succeed as the Windsor Assembly plant work force."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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