Hargrove in Chatham

Chatham, Ontario

July 9, 2002


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Hargrove in Chatham
Hargrove in Chatham
dated July 9, 2002

Chatham, Ontario
       The Canadian Autoworkers Union will mobilize its full resources against any attempts by International Truck to bring replacement workers across picket lines at the strikebound Navistar plant in Chatham. National President Buzz Hargrove has told members of CAW Local 127, they will not face this struggle alone.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We will not leave you alone in this struggle. If International Truck brings back scabs to Chatham, by God we're going to start up our own crew, we will bring our membership to Chatham for as long as it takes."

       The latest court injunction imposes severe restrictions on the union's ability to operate picket lines outside the plant. It limits the number of strikers at a given time, reduces the length of time strikers can delay a vehicle from crossing the line and restricts picket line participation to Local 127 members only. Hargrove says the judge has ignored the worker's viewpoint.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I'd ask the judge, if someone broke into his home, if someone broke into his home and threatened the livelihood, threatened the future of himself and his family what would his reaction be? Would he fight to defend them and protect them or would he say the law doesn't allow me to do that."

       Hargrove said the Navistar strikers are not a group of radicals but a seasoned workforce that is the community of Chatham. They're fighting to defend their livelihood, their future, the future of their families and their community. He said the courts should join with them against the US corporations that are trying to take that away.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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