Solidarity With Other Unions Key To Future

Toronto, Ontario

July 13, 2005

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Solidarity With Other Unions Key To Future
Solidarity With Other Unions Key To Future
dated July 13, 2005

July 13, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       Delegates to the 20th Anniversary Canadian Auto Workers Bargaining and Political Action Convention hit the bricks in support of striking workers at Hydro One after IFPTE president, Andre Mueller, spoke to the convention in Toronto.
       CAW national president Buzz Hargrove led the march to the picket line in front of Hydro One headquarters, where Mueller told the strikers the union will never accept a two tier wage system.

Andre Mueller

       "This is a fight about equal pay for equal work. The Autoworkers have set the standard for refusing concessions and we want to follow their lead. We won't back down! We won't back down! We won't back down!"

       Hargrove and Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti pledged to support the workers of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers in their fight against Hydro One.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Our union would be on the picket line and we would stay there if an employer said to us that there are second class citizens, and that anyone who is going to be hired in the future is going to get less money, less benefits, less pensions. That's unacceptable and it should be unacceptable to the people of Ontario as well."

Ken Georgetti
CLC President

       "As you walk this picket line you are not walking alone ever in this movement, in this great strong movement of ours. Unions like the Canadian Auto Workers and others will be behind you financially, morally and physically. You'll win this dispute. Hydro One should know that by now and save themselves a lot of grief."

       At the convention the message of solidarity with all members of the labour movement was reinforced by speakers from Europe, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, and Ken Neumann, Canadian Director of the United Steel Workers of America.

Ken Neumann
Canadian Director USWA

       "The CAW and the Steelworkers share the same economic and industrial pre-occupation. We share the same public policy concerns and we share a strong commitment to global solidarity. In our own country we share a basic commitment to a strong and growing labour movement."

       Hargrove told the delegates that while competition between the unions in organizing drives is a fact of life, solidarity in the field of social activism is strong and needs to be expanded.

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