CAW Seeks Support From Auto City Mayors

June 12, 2006

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CAW Seeks Support From Auto City Mayors
CAW Seeks Support From Auto City Mayors
dated June 12 2006

Oakville, Ontario
June 8, 2006

       The Canadian Auto Workers national campaign to stop the Canada Korea Free Trade agreement has won support from the mayors of the auto manufacturing cities in Ontario. CAW economist Jim Stanford presented the union's case to the mayors gathered in Oakville on June 8, 2006.

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "Trade can be beneficial if it is a two way flow, but we have to put some overall management on this trade imbalance that we are experiencing. It's what they do in their trade patterns, we've seen it in the Korean experience, and if our government was prepared to do it as well I think we could leverage some investment from a company like Hyundai."

       The CAW was supported in their presentation by Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association and Amherstburg Mayor Wayne Hurst.

Mark Nantais
President Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association

       "What we are really trying to do here is, let's get access, reciprocal access to the market. How can you enter in, as Canada, to an agreement that doesn't provide that balance. In our mind it doesn't make sense.
       With the integrated industry in Canada and the United States, it is essential that we look at this thing, also in a coordinated fashion."

Wayne Hurst
Amherstburg Mayor

       "This is the right thing to do because we are talking about jobs. And by the way, what we want to do really, we want to export our products, not our jobs."

       Stanford hopes this support to stop the Canada Korea Free Trade Pact will spread across the country.

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "We're hoping that mayors at the grass roots level across Ontario and elsewhere in Canada will make their own statements of concern about the Canada Korea Free Trade deal. It is so unfair that Korea sells 130,000 vehicles a year in Canada and we can hardly sell anything back in Korea.
       So if we are going to expand our trade it has to be "fair trade" not "free trade" and mayors and city councils are very influential in shaping public opinion."

       The CAW has mobilized its members across Canada and asked them to petition their municipal councils, for support in their fight to stop the Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement.

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