CAW Workers Praised As GM Announces $2.5 Billion Beacon Project

Oshawa, Ontario

March 2, 2005


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CAW Workers Praised As GM Announces $2.5 Billion Beacon Project
dated March 2, 2005

 Oshawa, Ontario
March 2, 2005
       The CAW's Auto Policy campaign bore fruit March the 2nd when GM Canada's president, Michael Grimaldi, announced the largest investment in the auto sector in Canadian history.

 Michael Grimaldi
GM Canada President

       "It is my pleasure to announce that GM Canada intends to proceed with a $2.5 billion reinvestment in our Canadian operations and several valued Canadian university partners. The "Beacon Project", as it has come to be known over the past two years of development, represents the largest and most comprehensive automotive investment in Canadian history."
       Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said the workers deserve the most credit for getting the investment here in Ontario. 

Dalton McGuinty
Ontario Premier

       "The single most important reason GM is making this investment today is also the foundation for the continuing success of Ontario's auto sector. It's our work force. When it comes to building cars and trucks nobody does it better than the Ontario auto worker. Nobody works harder and nobody does it with greater skill."

       Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Joe Volpe also praised the CAW workers. 

Joe Volpe
Federal Minister Trade and Industry

       "Ladies and gentlemen, you are that quality, you are that future. For every man and woman that works in this plant and is looking for a future for their children and their family, let's just keep this in mind, today we have made a decision for the next generation. Congratulations to each and everyone of you."

       The CAW economist Jim Stanford said the CAW members at GM earned the company's confidence and the $400 million from the federal and provincial governments cinched the deal. 

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "I want to thank especially the Ontario and federal governments for their crucial role in making this happen. Without them we wouldn't be here today. I have no doubt about that in my mind." 

        The Oshawa plant will get two new vehicles the 2006 Chevrolet Impala and the Monte Carlo; the St Catharines Engine plant will produce the new "Displacement On Demand" engine and the 2006 Pontiac Torrent will be built at the CAMI plant in Ingersol.
       Chris Buckley, President of Local 222 in Oshawa said Canada as well as the workers can now look forward to the future. 

Chris Buckley
Pres. CAW Local 222

       "The auto industry is the back bone of the economy, not only in the province of Ontario but in the country of Canada and as we have all heard here today, people have finally realized just how important the industry is so I am very enthused."

       According to Stanford, the CAW played a key role in getting the governments on side. 

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "Until a couple of years ago the government would not do this type of thing. They would not partner up with a company and with a community and make an investment like this happen. They would say "no we shouldn't get involved in the economy. We should leave all that to business." We've been pushing hard and other stake holders are pushing hard to change the view and what we saw happen at this announcement is proof the government has changed its views a lot and the CAW can take a big chunk of the credit for that."

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