Retired Workers Keep Up the Fight
September 21, 2009, 3:32 PM EST
More than 170 delegates, spouses and guests took part in the 2009 Retired Workers Council and Conference at the CAW's Port Elgin Family Education Centre.
Throughout the September 6- to-11 conference, delegates from BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec debated 50 resolutions on issues such as pensions, health care, E.I. reform and the environment.
Jenny Ahn, Director of the CAW Retired Workers Department, gave the opening address and thanked the retirees for their participation in the many rallies and fight back campaigns that have been held across the country.
The annual Labour Day parade was a major success with more than 2,000 people marching down the main street of Port Elgin. Former CAW Presidents Bob White and Buzz Hargrove joined the Retired Workers Advisory Executive at the front of the parade, which also attracted participants from Grey Bruce Labour Council affiliates.
After the parade Hargrove delivered the Labour Day message back at the centre during a BBQ lunch. Hargrove talked about the crisis in the auto sector and the need for government action to limit the number of imports coming into Canada.
CAW President Ken Lewenza addressed the delegates and updated them on all of the sectors within the CAW. He thanked the retirees for their commitment to the union and their respective communities. Now more than ever the retirees will be called upon to support worker fight backs and protect the past gains retirees have made.
CAW health care director Katha Fortier spoke about the CAW Health Care campaigns and introduced the video "CAW Health Care Workers Speak Up!"
The recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Retired Workers of the Year Award was CAW Local 114 member Ernie Bayer. This was the first time the award was presented to a member outside of Ontario.
The motto of the CAW retirees is, "retired from the job not the fight!"