CAW President Rallies Members for Federal Election, Endorses Malcolm Allen in Welland

October 1, 2008, 10:00 AM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza will be in Welland this afternoon laying out the union's platform of strategic voting combined with targeted support for specific candidates, with the goal of preventing a Stephen Harper Conservative majority.

On behalf of the union, Lewenza will also be throwing his support behind Welland Councilor and CAW Local 199 member NDP candidate Malcolm Allen, who is running in the Welland riding. Allen will also address CAW members in attendance for the rally.

Pre-election Rally

Today: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

Location: CAW Local 523 Union Hall

16 Steel Street

Welland, ON

In other parts of the Niagara region, the CAW will be endorsing an ABC strategic voting strategy (Anyone But Conservative) with the goal of preventing a Stephen Harper Conservative majority government.

In a region marked by job loss, the recent economic downturn and government inaction are top concerns for CAW members in Welland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls and the outlying region. Recent job losses include the closure announcement for John Deere in Welland (800 jobs), the lay-off at Henniges Automotive in Welland (235 jobs), closure of Can Gro fruit canning plant (150 jobs), with hundreds of other farming jobs which supplied the facility.

The meeting is part of a leadership election tour by Lewenza to various communities across Ontario over the next two weeks. For more information on the tour, please visit:

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