Labour Day 2003 Resistence and Renewal

Windsor, Ontario

September 3, 2003


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Labour Day 2003 Resistence and Renewal
Labour Day 2003 Resistence and Renewal
dated September 3, 2003

       Windsor, Ontario
September 1, 2003

       Continuous rain did not deter the enthusiasm of the workers in Windsor Ontario who, like workers in communities across the country, took part in the annual Labour Day Parade. With a provincial election in Ontario looming like a storm on the horizon and a federal election in the not too distant future, CAW National president Buzz Hargrove told the workers it is time to get politically active. He said the Walkerton water tragedy, the Alymer Meats scandal and the lack of water bombers in British Columbia are examples of what happens when public services are sacrificed for tax cuts.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We have thousands of aerospace workers on lay-off. Canada should be producing water-bombers by the hundreds to protect our forests, to protect our jobs, and to protect our families and our communities. Why aren't we doing it?"

The reason Hargrove said was because government is catering to the wealthy.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "It's about allowing those with wealth to dominate the agenda and public services take a back seat. If a wealthy person in Kelowna, British Columbia loses their home they simply rebuild it. But if an ordinary working person loses their home or they lose their job in the woods because their woods are burning down there is no where for them to go. We need government, brothers and sisters that stands up for people, not the corporations and the wealthy in our society."

       CAW local 444 president Ken Lewenza urged the marchers to challenge politicians and make sure they support workers rights and anti-scab legislation.

Ken Lewenza
Pres. CAW Local 444

       "Put their feet to the fire and make them make a commitment to the labour movement, because at the end of the day folks, the reality is, the most vulnerable in society is the working class if they erode collective bargaining rights."
       "The most vulnerable in society are those that are sick and disabled, and frail and the aged and if politicians can't speak on behalf of those people then we damn well don't need them in our community, in our province and in our country."


       The march went through the industrial area of Windsor to a community recreation complex where the traditional Labour Day party was held with marching bands, food and music. CAW national president Buzz Hargrove marched near the head of the parade and was encouraged by the spirit of the workers. He said they understood the need to resist and renew their political efforts to protect working people.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Union resistance is not to accept the agenda, not to accept deregulation, privatization. Don't accept the idea that we have to gamble as to whether or not our water is safe or our food is safe because we can afford inspectors. That's absolute nonsense."
       "We are producing more wealth today than we ever have in the history of this nation. Yet we are allowing our public services to deteriorate while we pass on tax cuts to those people who don't need them. So our message is resist. Renewal is the labour movement has to challenge the agenda, be out front on the issues, defend our members and our families and our communities and we will be stronger for it."


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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