CAW and Province Open PMP Action Centre

October 16, 2008


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CAW and Province Open PMP Action Centre
CAW and Province Open PMP Action Centre
dated October 16, 2008

Toronto, Ontario
October 16, 2008

       The Canadian Auto Workers union, at the official opening of the PMP Action Centre in Toronto, pledged its on-going support for the two thousand non-union workers from Progressive Moulded Products' 11 plants in the GTA, who were thrown out of work July 1st when the company declared bankruptcy.

 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "You will be given the support of the Canadian Auto Workers union through this whole process. We will continue to work with the Ontario government during this whole process. We will go arm in arm in a bond of solidarity, respect and friendship for one another to ensure that your needs are protected and respected as we turn the page."


       The PMP Action Centre is providing assistance to PMP workers to find new jobs, retraining and EI counselling.
       Music and cultural dancing welcomed the workers, representatives of the CAW and the Hon. John Milloy Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities.

 

Hon. John Milloy
Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities

       "As you know the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities works to establish action centres like this one. And we were so fortunate in finding a wonderful partner in the CAW, who came forward to put together this beautiful facility.
       MTCU and the CAW and the peer helpers and everyone here, we're going to continue that partnership to offer services, to offer training, to offer opportunities for everyone here."


       Fa Lim, a former PMP worker, who led his co- workers in their fight for severance pay, paid tribute to the CAW and the province.

 

Fa Lim
Former PMP worker

       "The opening of the action centre is like a life line for all of us. And it is a second home for all of us as PMP workers."


       While Lewenza applauded the province for funding the adjustment centre he levelled a challenge to the federal government.

 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "We don't want to open up adjustment centres. We want to keep manufacturing facilities open. We want new employers to come into Canada. And we want to provide hope and opportunity for all workers. And in this particular case, the PMP workers deserve the support of the federal government to have the opportunity to have a good paying job that enhances the standard of living that we all expect for ourselves and our families."


       Lewenza called on the Harper government to take immediate action to protect workers.

 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "So I say to Mr. Harper here today "you just got elected in the last couple of days under a minority government. Your job is to position this country and this economy to maintain the manufacturing sector in Canada; to introduce policies that provide good paying, value-added jobs for society."


       Lewenza also called for immediate changes to the Employment Insurance Act.

 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "Think about this. You work for 20- 25 years, ten years, five years. You lose your plant through no fault of your own. You are lucky enough to bargain a reasonable severance package in some locations and then the government wants to take dollar for dollar from that on employment insurance. That's shameful! That's money that should be used for a transition period to allow people an opportunity to get on with their life without worrying if they can put food on the table or not."


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