December 5, 2008, Lewenza Rallies Leadership in Economic Crisis

December 5, 2008


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Lewenza Rallies Leadership In Economic Crisis
Lewenza Rallies Leadership In Economic Crisis
dated December 5, 2008

Toronto, Ontario
December 5, 2008

       In his first address to CAW Council since being elected national president of the union, Ken Lewenza assured the union's leadership that the CAW will emerge from the economic crisis stronger.

Ken Lewenza
CAW National Rep.

       "I can't tell you brothers and sisters where the auto sector is going to end up. I can't predict. But I want to make it perfectly clear to the people in this room. We will be part of the solution. We have never run away from a crisis. We didn't take this job to run in retreat in crisis. The auto workers again are going through some incredible pain, some incredible challenges. But I believe. I believe as strong as I can say this, that we will come out of this strong!"


       Lewenza outlined the challenges facing almost every sector of the union from fisheries and retail to health care, transportation auto and the aerospace industry. He said each one is being impacted by the global financial crisis and condemned the Conservative government's do nothing financial plan.

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "What that economic statement said was "to hell with Canadians. To hell with those who are most vulnerable in society. To hell with those who are losing their jobs. We are principally going to stay in the same course of action."


       Harper's lack of action united the left and Lewenza said the union can work with the coalition to stop the job losses in all sectors across Canada.

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "There is no reason why we can't stand up in the House of Commons as a formal coalition or even an informal coalition and demand justice for workers. Demand justice for those most vulnerable in society. Demand justice for retirees who require support. There is no reason whatsoever that we can't use the majority vote in the House of Commons to put forward progressive committed values forward versus the Stephen Harper right wing ideologue."


       While pointing out the set backs and dangers to the auto and manufacturing sectors, Lewenza urged all members to close ranks and fight back

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "We can continue to be progressive in our thought process; progressive in our actions; and over the next two months we can force the Tory government to look at a stimulus package that protects the interests of Canadians. We can make them look at the coalition's financial stimulus package to see if it can be incorporated. And then we can still at the end of the day challenge this government if they don't come up with the goods that are necessary to protect the interests of Canadians."


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