Bob White Issues a Political Challenge to the CAW

Toronto, Ontario

June 10, 1999


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Bob White Issues A Political Challenge to the CAW
Bob White Issues A Political Challenge to the CAW
dated June 10, 1999

Toronto, Ontario

Building from within and reaching out to other workers is the major challenge facing the CAW as it enters the new Millenium according to CAW national President Buzz Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National Pres.

"I think the major Millenium Project for our union is to embark on an out reach program to our current membership and re organize them and re-educate ourselves and ensure that we continue our ability to mobilize, agitate and continue the struggle of our union in the future."
"The union has to be a vehicle for working people. We have to organize new members in every sector of the economy."

Speaking to hundreds of delegates attending the CAW's Collective Bargaining and Political Action Convention in Toronto, Hargrove recalled the struggles of the labor movement emphasizing the role resistance has played in the union's victories since the thirties.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National Pres.

"As I go from coast to coast to coast and talk to leadership people, community people, even the media begrudgingly say when the CAW says fighting back makes a difference you better listen because they really believe it."

Part of that fight back included the union's strategic voting effort in the recent Ontario election. With the Harris government re-elected and initially promising a less confrontational approach, Hargrove said it is a wait and see situation. However he warned Harris the CAW would continue to fight back if the government threatened workers rights .
Looking to the future Hargrove outlined the general plans for the Big 3 Auto bargaining coming up this fall including wages, pensions, time off the job, health and safety and protection against the impact of modular production and many other issues. He stressed the importance of improving pension benefits for all CAW members, both active and retired.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National Pres.

"The corporations better understand that we are not accepting this logic, this argument that somehow that retirees don't add to the value of the product. We believe that retirees are the value of the product. They are the value in our union. They have our commitment in that regard.

After Hargrove's speech hundreds of retired CAW members marched into the convention and were enthusiastically greeted by the delegates.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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