Auto Pact Ends

Windsor, Ontario

February 22, 2001

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Auto Pact Ends
Auto Pact Ends
dated February 22, 2001

Auto Pact Ends
February 19, 2001, Windsor, Ontario
       At a rally to mark the end of the Auto Pact CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said the fight to protect the Canadian auto industry is continuing.
       Speaking to workers in front of the DaimlerChrysler Pillette Road plant in Windsor, Ontario, Hargrove reminded them that plant six was a built because Chrysler had to under the terms of the Auto Pact.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Pillette symbolizes what the Auto Pact has meant. Two thousand five hundred people have got jobs and held jobs for the last 25 years because the Auto Pact allowed us to force Chrysler to put the investment in Canada. All of these decisions were followed by parts production, all kinds of new companies opened up, and another generation of workers were hired right through Windsor and Essex county and right out through the province of Ontario."

       With the recent down turn in the auto sector DaimlerChrysler has halted development at the Pillette Road plant and unless a new product is put into the facility by the year 2003, the plant will be mothballed. Hargrove says a new set of rules is needed to replace the Auto Pact.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "People realize we don't own the industry. We are a small market, therefore we need rules. Well we put rules in place that led to the workers here and your colleagues throughout this city and this province, putting in place one of the most productive, high quality, low cost, most profitable industry in the world."
       "But brothers and sisters we got there because the government leadership of the day had the brains to say we have to force the companies to give us a fair share of investment and trade. We can not allow this to die. We must build support among our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community."
       "Join us to make sure that we maintain some rules with the corporate sector and that we get the new investment and the new product in this important symbol of the Auto Pact of 65."

       Ken Lewenza, Chair of the CAW Auto Council says the people of Windsor must get involved in convincing the federal government to protect the auto industry in Canada.

Ken Lewenza
CAW Auto Council Chairperson

       "You just can't sit idly by and allow you union reps to do it all. You can't sit idly by and allow the Parliament of Canada to think that they can do whatever they want."
       We need a political voice that comes from thousands of people, and this is a start of a campaign that is going to save plant six.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."

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