Manufacturing Task Force Lobby Builds Momentum

November 9, 2007

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Manufacturing Task Force Lobby Builds Momentum
Manufacturing Task Force Lobby Builds Momentum
dated November 9, 2007

Brampton, Ontario
November 9, 2007

       The Canadian Auto Workers union's national effort to build a Federal Taskforce on Manufacturing to save manufacturing jobs is building momentum. In Brampton Ontario, November 9, in the wake of 1,100 jobs being cut from the Chrysler assembly plant, a CAW delegation laid out the problems of the manufacturing sector to two Liberal members of parliament, Navdeep Bains and Gurbax Malhi.

       Both MPs signed a pledge calling for a special Parliamentary Taskforce on Manufacturing. Bains, the Liberal International Trade critic said the union lobby succeeded in getting him onside.

Hon. Navdeep Bains
Liberal MP International Trade Critic

       "I think the strategy of developing a manufacturing taskforce is a very key strategy. And I usually don't sign things on the spot to be honest with you. It's not my nature to do that. I always go and reflect, think about things and make sure that I make an informed decision. But it is very straight forward that the taskforce; its mandate was very clear cut and something that I agree with and therefore I signed it here today."

       Jerry Dias, Assistant to CAW National President Buzz Hargrove stressed the urgency of the situation.

Jerry Dias
Assistant to CAW National President

       "What we are dealing with here we are dealing with real people. We are dealing with single parents. We're dealing with people with mortgages. We're dealing with people who have healthcare issues. We are dealing with people who need their jobs."

       Priscilla McKenzie, a single mother is one of the 1,100 who will lose their jobs at Chrysler.

Priscilla McKenzie
Laid off Chrysler worker

       "I want you to understand that there is a face to every number, the 1,100 people out of this local. And I can't make it any more clear to you. Despite my education. I used to work in my field. In five months I can make the same money at Chrysler. I can have a better life for my son. I can contribute to my community. I'm imploring you as a human being to step forward and help save these jobs."

       Dias told the members of Parliament it is time for the three opposition parties to start working together for the betterment of working people in Canada.

Jerry Dias
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We need to get the opposition parties organized to speak as one voice on contentious issue that matter to working people. And we need to challenge the government that in fact if there is going to be an election it is going to be on the contentious issues that are important to working people."

       The CAW pledge also calls for the opposition parties to work together to make the government lower interest rates in order to curtail the soaring Canadian dollar and stabilize the economy, and to develop a trade policy which will protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Canada.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."

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