Former PMP Workers Launch Job Action Centre with the Help of the Ontario Government and CAW

October 15, 2008, 2:42 PM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza and Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities John Milloy will be on hand tomorrow for the opening of the action centre, set up to help the former workers of Progressive Moulded Products (PMP).

More than 2,000 non-unionized workers lost their jobs on July 1st when PMP suddenly went into bankruptcy. The action centre has been set up by former PMP workers with the financial and resource assistance of the Ontario Government Adjustment Advisory Program and the Canadian Auto Workers union. The centre will offer support for job searches, retraining, EI and counseling.

The workers, who are predominantly first generation Canadians, grabbed headlines this past summer when they staged a lengthy picket outside one of the recently closed facilities in the north end of Toronto, in a fight to secure severance pay.

Former PMP workers will be in attendance for the official opening. Media are welcome to attend.

Open House and Official Opening Ceremony:

PMP Workers Action Centre

Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:30 p.m.

2180 Steeles Avenue West (at the north-east corner of Steeles and Keele Street)

Toronto, ON

Tel: (905) 532-0633

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