CAW Tsunami Relief Tops $2 million

January 11, 2005


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CAW Tsunami Relief Tops $2 million
dated January 11, 2005

        As the death toll of the Tsunami disaster in South East Asia continues to climb the Canadian Auto Workers Union has generated donations totaling over $2.1 million for tsunami relief. CAW national president Buzz Hargrove says it is a record for the union.

 Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "This far exceeds more than double anything that we have ever done and this is the first time that our national union has ever agreed to match dollar for dollar the funds that are raised by our members and the funds committed by our local unions."

       At a gathering in Toronto Tuesday January 11th Hargrove presented an initial cheque for $800,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. 

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We're extremely pleased to make this donation to assist in the good work you are doing in that region and in other regions of the world."
       "Thank you Buzz, thank you."


       With on-going collections at workplaces and matching government funding, Hargrove says the total could be double that 

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "It's definitely guaranteed to be a million initially and two million once we identify projects in the region to help rebuild some of the infrastructure in some of these countries that devastated by the Tsunami. And when we are done all of the work place collections that are taking place, all of our local union donations and some of the matching funds from the companies that we work for, who have agreed to match what our members do and our union does, we are looking at more than four million dollars and four million dollars from a union our size is absolutely phenomenal."

       Hargrove says this is a prime example of union and workers solidarity in helping others less fortunate. 

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I've never been prouder of our union. This is the largest response by more than double anything that we have ever received in terms of a commitment from individual members where we did workplace collections."

       John Mulvihill, deputy secretary of operations for the Canadian Red Cross assured CAW members that the money would be well used to help the victims of the tsunami. 

John Mulvihill
Canada Red Cross

       "We don't hand money entrusted to us over to different governments. We manage these funds directly ourselves. We work with the governments. We work in co-operation with them, but we do not let them shirk their responsibilities for taking care of their people."

       The CAW is committed to help the victims over the long term with projects that will assist them in rebuilding their lives. 

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "It's about helping people rebuild, on a much smaller basis from where they were in terms of villages. Putting a fishing boat together for a village as opposed to an individual entrepreneur will be the thrust of our work so that everyone in that community will benefit from the fishing vessel."

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