CAW Women Mobilize For Toyota Sisters

Cambridge, Ontario

February 16, 2005

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CAW Women Mobilize For Toyota Sisters
dated February 16 2005

Cambridge, Feb. 15, 2005
        The Canadian Auto Workers Union is mobilizing its women to help organize the Toyota car assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario. Women activists from as far away as London and St. Thomas met with Peggy Nash, Assistant to CAW's national president in Cambridge.

 Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We've got a very important organizing drive on right now. It would be very important for us to win a drive at Toyota. There are a few hundred women that work there. We need to contact them. We need to get them to sign cards."

       The CAW drive to organize Toyota has been on going for a number of years and the number of signed union cards is growing. CAW director of organizing Mike Shields says mobilizing the sisters will add to the growing momentum. 

Mike Shields
CAW Organizing Director

       "The only way we are going to get over the top to get to the magic number is to do something that we haven't done in the past. We know what we have done in the past. What's been successful, so now it's calling on our sisters to mobilize and that's what today's meeting is all about."

       A number of women who work at Toyota spoke to the sisters about harassment and unfair working conditions at the Cambridge plant. 

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We hear some of the stories in the Toyota plant. The working conditions, the pressures that are put on people, the harassment, and the strains and sprains those workers go through. They desperately need a union."

       Director of Women's Programs Julie White assured the Toyota women that women in the CAW play a major role and the union can help them in their fight for equal rights and effective anti-harassment programs. 

Julie White
Director of Women's Programs

       "I see the organizing that is coming in, the places we are organizing, and we have a lot of women joining this union. We're at that critical mass; we're over 30 per cent; we're a union that has the best equality programs right now. Just imagine what we can do as we increase that number of women."

       CAW sisters from St. Thomas, London, Woodstock as well as the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge area have joined the Toyota action committee and are planning strategies to reach the over 200 women working at Toyota.

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