CAW-Retirees Celebrate Labour Day and Vow to Fight Globalization
September 5, 2006
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CAW-Retirees Celebrate Labour Day and Vow To Fight Globalization
dated September 5, 2006
Sept. 4, 2006
Port Elgin, Ontario
Over one thousand Canadian Auto Workers union retirees gathered in Port Elgin Ontario to celebrate Labour Day.
The annual CAW Retirees Labour Day parade is the largest retired workers parade in the world. It drew crowds of on-lookers along the streets of this lakeside community and for the first time since its inception, was led by CAW national president Buzz Hargrove.
The CAW Retired Workers annual conference is held each Labour Day Weekend. Hargrove said the retirees are tremendously important to the success of the union in its fight against globalization.
CAW National President
"These are the people who have built our union. They have built the Labour movement. They have the creativity, they have the energy, and what we have tried to do with our structure is capture that and then today to challenge them one more time on how important their role is."
During his address to the delegates he outlined the threat of globalization to jobs in Canada and issued a challenge to the retirees.
CAW National President
"We're going to fight to keep the jobs we have. We're going to do everything we can to keep our plants open. And then we are going to fight for an auto pact arrangement with Asia which says, if you sell one vehicle in Canada, then you must buy one, the same as the Americans had as well. So we're going to continue the fight and we need your help. Whenever you are talking to a politician or writing a letter to an editor talking about the fairness of that you are doing a major, major service to your union. You really are making a difference."
CAW Retired Workers Executive Council chairperson Len Harrison said the retirees are retired from the job, not the fight, and they will answer the call.
Chairperson CAW Retired Workers Executive
"This is the first time since we have been doing the Labour Day parade that he has had time to come up. But we have always understood that he has been so busy working for us. But it means a lot to the retired workers here. And we do a lot of activities and when he is ready to go to Parliament we're going to go with him."
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