CAW Kick Starts Peterborough Flood Relief

Peterborough, Ontario

July 28, 2004

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CAW Kick Starts Peterborough Flood Relief

CAW Kick Starts Peterborough Flood Relief
dated July 28, 2004

       July 15th.... Floodwaters inundated the streets, homes and businesses of Peterborough, Ontario. The water levels were hip deep in the downtown business core, literally paralysing the city. Sewers backed up, basements of homes were devastated, businesses had water pouring out of their front doors. Thousands were forced to evacuate. The damage is in the tens of millions of dollars and the clean up will take months.
       To help out the flood victims the Canadian Auto Workers union's donated $150,000 to the Red Cross Peterborough Flood Relief effort. Combined with an earlier $50,000 from CAW Local 222 in Oshawa and donations from CAW Locals 414 and 1996, along with matching provincial funds, the total is substantially higher according to CAW National Secretary Treasurer Jim O'Neil.

Jim O'Neil
CAW National Sec. Treasurer

       "Hopefully the money that the CAW is contributing will help and I know with the match from the Ontario government, the monies we have contributed now amounts to some $650,000, and I hope it gives you a good kick start and gets you going."

       Other CAW locals are expected to make contributions to the fund as well.
       The CAW donation pushed the total donated to the Red Cross over the million-dollar mark and is the biggest single contribution according to Joan Shirlow, Ontario President of the Canadian Red Cross.

Joan Shirlow
Ontario Pres. Canadian Red Cross

       "I want to thank the Canadian Auto Workers today for their substantial donations and also for always being there to help communities both in Canada and around the world. Thank you very much."

       As the clean up in Peterborough continues, the fund drive by CAW Local 1996 is on going according to its president, Steve Madill.

Steve Madill
Pres. CAW Local 1996

       "There's probably one in every three who was impacted in some way by the flood in Peterborough here. A lot of our members were affected."

       O'Neil says an estimated six thousand CAW members live in the Peterborough area.

Jim O'Neil
CAW National Sec. Treasurer

       "We have probably close to three thousand members who work in the area and another three thousand that live and commute back to the Oshawa GM plant and that's what we talk about being a social union. We think it is important to not only help our members but the communities they live in."

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