CAW Labour Day 2004

Toronto, Ontario

September 7, 2004


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CAW Labour Day 2004
CAW Labour Day 2004
dated September 7, 2004

Toronto, Sept. 6, 2004
       Over 30,000 union members from the Canadian Auto Workers union and other unions in the Toronto area marched through the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate Labour Day. The festive spirit was contagious.

Jenny Ahn
Nat. Exec Board

       "Happy Labour Day"

Dwayne Gunness
CAW Local 1000

       "I wish everyone a happy Labour Day and all the best."

Neal Wilson
Local 462

       "Happy Labour Day to everybody."

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Happy Labour Day to all of our friends and colleagues and members of our union and their families."

       Like Labour Day festivities across Canada, the Toronto event was an opportunity to build the union among the members and the public according to John Aman, CAW National Rep. and Jenny Ahn , a member of the CAW National Executive.

John Aman
CAW National Rep.

       "It is to celebrate all the work that working people do in Toronto and the surrounding communities to come together and enjoy the day together."



Jenny Ahn
Nat. Exec Board

       "We need to take the time and enjoy ourselves and enjoy spending time with family and with our brothers and sisters in the labour movement and that is what today is all about."

       CAW national President Buzz Hargrove was on hand to meet old and new friends as they gathered for a pre-parade breakfast. He said the "CAW a Different Kind Of Union" flags underlined the CAW's commitment to both its members and society.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We have our first commitment to our members and our families. They pay the dues to the organization, but we have a broader commitment to our community, to those who are less privileged than we are, to those who are without power or even a voice in the community and that is what our brand of unionism is all about."

       Hundreds of pounds of food was donated to the Toronto Food Bank by the marching CAW members.
       As the marchers wound through the heart of Toronto celebrating the successes of the past year in bargaining and social justice, Hargrove said there is a need and an opportunity to press for changes to labour laws in various provinces to protect workers' rights.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We have an opportunity to reverse some of the legislation that has been anti-union, anti-worker over the decade. And we are going to keep the pressure on Mr. McGinty and the Liberals here in Ontario, and we are challenging our colleagues across the country to do the same thing, to keep the pressure on.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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