Labour Day 2000 - A New Era

Toronto, Ontario

September 15, 2000


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Labour Day 2000 A New Era
Labour Day 2000 A New Era
dated September 15, 2000


Labour Day 2000 A New Era
Toronto Sept 4, 2000
       The rank and file members and leaders of the CAW celebrated Labour Day 2000 in a new and vibrant style at the Weston Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President




       "It's a wonderful celebration of the achievements of our union, of the working class and we look forward to the challenges of the year 2000."




       The CAW members and their families gathered for an indoor picnic rather than taking part in the traditional Labour Day Parade, where they would have been relegated to the back of the parade rather than the second place they won in the lottery draw.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "There's a wonderful trade union spirit here. Our union is different than others because we do celebrate. We are open. We bring in the rank and file."

       CAW National President Buzz Hargrove says the turnout for the CAW Labour Day picnic is sending a message to the Canadian Labour Congress.








Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The fact that our group came together in such large numbers today to celebrate our victories, to break a little bread, to drink a little wine and look to the future struggles with confidence as a union, shows that change is not harmful. Change is good for our movement and others should wake up and recognize that."

       The CLC sanctioning of the CAW for allegedly raiding the SEIU is unfair according to Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Eight hundred elected workplace leaders voted unanimously to leave their union and join our union. Over 10,000 workers, members of their union, voted 98 per cent to support that decision. In my opinion that's a democratic choice. That's not raiding."

       Despite the C.L.C.'s actions Hargrove urged his members to continue the fight for all workers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "This is a different Labour Day for all of us. We're not part of the C.L.C. functions but brothers and sisters we are still going to play a leading role in the struggle of working people, in the struggle of their families and our communities. And we're going to join with those of like mind who are willing to put their resources into the fight to improve the human family, especially those without power or privilege."
       "Those people who are struggling for a better society will find the Canadian Auto Workers Union marching shoulder to shoulder."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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