Democracy and Vision

Windsor, Ontario

August 29, 2000


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Democracy and Vision
Democracy and Vision
dated August 29, 2000


Democracy and Vision
Windsor, Ontario
August 29,2000

       The CAW National Executive Board is receiving unanimous support from the workplace leadership in its fight with the Canadian Labour Congress, over the right of SEIU members and all workers to choose their own union.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President


       "The one thing I am clear of about the CLC is they do not respect the rights of workers to leave one affiliate and join another. That's why we have been expelled."





       In a series of meetings across Canada, starting in Halifax and moving across the country, the CAW workplace leadership is being updated on the CLC / SEIU situation. National President Buzz Hargrove told the CAW leaders in Windsor that the CLC's ban on CAW participation is the same as being expelled. He said it is time for change in the CLC.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Inviting us back won't do it. There has to be a change in the way we relate to one another. There has to be a recognition, surely, surely, that we aren't so insecure as a labour movement that we are worried that if we open up the doors that everybody is going to leave."
       "There's time for change in this organization. You can put the rules to work and you can expel us from the Canadian Labour Congress. You can challenge us workplace by workplace by work place but at the end of the day we are determined that the working people are going to have control of this organization called the Canadian labour movement."

       The workplace leaders in the Windsor Ontario area voted overwhelmingly in support of the National Executive Board's solidarity with the SEIU workers who want to leave their U.S. based union, and in support of exploring the possibility of a new national body to represent workers.

Gerry Logan
Local 195

       "I do not agree with the dominance of Washington D.C. and that archaic mentality, and if the C.L.C. can't accept that, then let's go to the fight.."






Gail Rock
Local 1973

       "I am in support of the resolution and to not go in this direction makes as much sense to me as to belong to a political party that doesn't support your ideals and directions and your principles and voting for them just because your father did."

Rene Jacques
Local 240

       "I suspect there is going to be a lot more people wanting to come to the CAW than there will be leaving, after we set up our own national body. Why? Because the CAW is the best union in Canada."






Mike Renaud
Local 195

       "We agree 100 per cent with the decision that our organization has made and that decision has been simply to reach out and help people who have been asking for our help."

       As a sign of solidarity with the labour movement, CAW members in Windsor and other communities were urged to take part in the Labour Day festivities despite the CLC ban.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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