CAW Fights to Save Quebec GM Plant

Boisbriand, Quebec

March 5, 2002


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CAW Fights to Save Quebec GM Plant
CAW Fights to Save Quebec GM Plant
dated March 5, 2002

Boisbriand, Quebec Feb. 22, 2002
       The fight to save the Boisbriand GM plant and the jobs of the 1,250 CAW members is in full swing. The CAW caravan is gathering support from politicians, businesses and communities across Quebec according to CAW Quebec Director Luc Desnoyers.

Luc Desnoyers
CAW Quebec Director

       "We have about 590 resolutions from different municipal councils. We have more than 6,000 postcards sent to Jean Chretien. We have around 65,000 petitioners who have signed a petition. We have the support of the majority of the mayors in Quebec. We have the support of the major unions in Quebec. If we make a simple calculation, we have close to two million supporters to save this industry and to save this plant in Quebec."


       This rally, like many of the others, saw representatives from all sectors in Quebec speak in support of maintaining the auto industry in Quebec which represents 25 percent of the Canadian auto market. Desnoyers says it's time the federal government stepped up and got involved.

Luc Desnoyers
CAW Quebec Director

       "The federal government is the one who will decide with GM where investments go. They have this possibility to lobby GM, or to lobby this industry to split the richness of this type of industry across Canada, and that is the reason why the government of Canada will have to do its job."

       The Quebec government has already pledged $360 million to upgrade the plant but the federal government has been silent, according to Desnoyers.

Luc Desnoyers
CAW Quebec Director

       "It is a major part of our economy. We sell 400,000 cars here a year. We are 25 percent of the Canadian market. By getting everybody supporting our action right now, we are trying to put pressure on the federal government and also on GM at the same time."

       General Motors has announced it will close the Boisbriand plant on September 21st of this year. The union fight-back hopes to convince GM to change its plans and find a way to ensure the future of the auto industry in Quebec.

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