AUPE Backs CAW in CLC Dispute

Edmonton, Alberta

September 19, 2000

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AUPE Backs CAW IN CLC Dispute
AUPE Backs CAW IN CLC Dispute
dated September 19, 2000

AUPE Backs CAW IN CLC Dispute
Edmonton, Alberta, Sept. 19, 2000
       The President of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has publicly endorsed the stand taken by the CAW in its fight for the rights of the 30,000 SEIU members, who want to join the auto workers union.

Dan MacLennan
Pres. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees

      "No one should actively go out and sign up other union's members, and I know that's Buzz's position to, but at the end of the day, if people decide to leave their union, it doesn't matter what the CLC says. It doesn't matter what anyone says. It doesn't matter what Dan MacLennan says. It's going to happen."

       "I wanted to first of all, come here, so that you know there are other unions that have that position. And I know that there are other people talking about it."

      MacLennan spoke directly to the CAW workplace leadership gathered in Edmonton to discuss the CLC expulsion of the CAW. His support was welcomed by the leadership and national President Buzz Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

      "To join with me in front of the media today to say that this was an acceptable principle and he respects it, I think that will give heart to a lot of others. Because there have been others talking to me privately about this principle, and have agreed with it, but none of them have been prepared to come out publicly. So I'm hoping that this will give others the courage to do the same thing."

      Both Hargrove and MacLennan agreed that the rules of the CLC must be brought into the 21st Century.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

      "I find it incredibly offensive that we, in the labour movement, have not been able to come to grips with the idea that there is legitimate dissent within our organizations and that workers have the right to move."
      "You can't lecture the Ralph Klien's and the Mike Harris's of the world about democracy for working people, when you have these archaic rules that are undemocratic in your own organization."

      After listening to the national president outline the events to date, and voicing their own opinions the leaders in Edmonton overwhelmingly voted in favour of the CAW National Executive Board's resolution on the issue.
      At earlier meetings with CAW leaders in Vancouver, B.C. and in Winnipeg , Manitoba the outcome was the same. To date over four thousand CAW workplace leaders across Canada have voted in favour of the national union's stand in the fight to protect the rights of SEIU members who want to change unions. They also endorsed investigating the possibility of forming a new national labour body. A dozen have voted against the union's stand.

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