Working Class Politics Task Force

January 14, 2000


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Working Class Politics Task Force
dated January 14, 2000

Working Class Politics Task Force
January 14, 2000
Peggy Nash
Assistant to the National President

"Working class politics." What does this mean to us, what are the concerns of our membership? What do they need to get politically active? How are they politically active now? What are the things that they are involved in? What do they want the union to be doing with respect to political action?"

Those are some of the questions the Working Class Politics in the 21st Century Task Force is asking all CAW members. Exactly how that information will be gathered is still being developed.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to the National President

"We don't know yet what all the structures will be but I think we can come up with some very creative ways, that will allow for the maximum participation throughout our union, so that the people know about the task force, and that they have the opportunity to plug in and have their say."


December 3, 1999 Toronto Born out of concern over recent election successes of anti-labour governments in Canada, the CAW Council approved the Task Force initiative in December, where Buzz Hargrove stressed the need for members to get involved..

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"The idea is to be more inclusive and to enlist the ideas of our membership, to strengthen our union in this important area to working people, to their families and communities as we head into the 21st Century. It is to include Quebec in a debate about politics in our nation. Its about a stronger union and more meaningful political action for the future and its about an action program that we all can take ownership of and our members in the workplace can say by God I was part of that."

The council appointed Julie White from Local 27 and Alex Keeney from Local 200 to be national co-chairs. Peggy Nash, assistant to the National President will lead the Task Force.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to the National President

" I think increasingly there is a feeling of alienation from politics. People are pulling away from the political process. They feel that they can't make a difference and part of our goal, a key part of our goal, is to motivate our membership, to find ways for them to make a difference, so that they can plug in and they can play a role politically."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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