CAW Marks 20 Years at 25th Toronto Pride Parade

Toronto, Ontario

June 28, 2005

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CAW Marks 20 Years at 25th Toronto Pride Parade
dated June 28, 2005

 June 26, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       The streets of Toronto were ablaze with music, dancing and celebration as a million people gathered for the 25th Pride Parade and the Canadian Auto Workers Union was there in full support of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Trans Gender) community.
       During its 20 years the CAW has been in the van-guard of the fight for rights of the LGBT community according to John Phillips of Local 222. 

John Phillips
Local 222

       "I think that the work that the CAW has done in the last 20 years has definitely advanced the cause of LGBT people in all facets of Canadian society. I don't think we would be where we are today if the CAW hadn't taken the lead."

       LGBT activists Kellie Scanlan of Local 222 and CAW lawyer Lisa Kelly feel the involvement in the Pride Parade is sending a message of openness to both union members and the unorganized workers in Canada.

 Kellie Scanlan
Local 222

       "It is a union where we embrace LGBT people as part of our union, no different than any other worker.
 Lisa Kelly
CAW Lawyer

       "When people come out and they've got children and they look like your neighbours, or they look very different but they are people that you can now embrace."
       The CAW's involvement in the Pride Parade is just one example of the support the LGBT community has within the rank and file of the CAW according to Elaine White of the CAW national office. 

Elaine White
CAW National Office

       "When we get involved with things like the Toronto Pride parade we get more of our members wanting to be involved, and allies too. It really brings everybody together in solidarity and it makes us more part of our communities. It is a win-win situation for everyone."

       The CAW's fight for LGBT rights at the bargaining table as well as their public support has made a huge difference to Peter St. Amour of CAW Local 1973.

 Peter St. Amour
Local 1973

       "I have never felt more a part of the CAW now than I have ever felt in my life. I really, truly feel I belong."

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