CAW No Concessions Policy Reconfirmed By Council

Toronto, Ontario

December 5, 2001


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CAW No Concessions Policy Reconfirmed By Council
CAW No Concessions Policy Reconfirmed By Council
dated December 5, 2001

Toronto, Ontario

       As Canada struggles with a declining economy, the corporations are already starting to pressure workers to take pay cuts and make concessions. Canadian Auto Workers National President, Buzz Hargrove, told the union leadership at the CAW Council meeting in Toronto they have to stand firm against any concessions.


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "You can't buy jobs. When you have an economy that is in decline, when you have sales going down, whether it is in the tourism industry or the airline industry because people are worrying about flying, or where people are not buying big ticket items like cars or homes, you're going to have layoffs."
       "And we should never get caught in this trap that somehow, by giving up the past gains of our union, of people who went before us, in many cases on picket lines, that somehow we can save our jobs. That undermines the union. It undermines the solidarity."


       Hargrove warned that if you give concessions, you end up working for less and losing the jobs anyway. The CAW council voted unanimously to reaffirm the CAW's long standing policy of no-concessions.
       While condemning the September 11th terrorist attack and supporting the war on terrorism, Hargrove said the government's Bill C-36 is a threat to Canadians' freedom.


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "There is some concern in the labour movement that either Bill 36 or Bill 42 can be used against demonstrators or could be used against us in a plant takeover if we are trying to fight to save our jobs, in a workplace takeover where the company is threatening to move our work to some other place where they can do it cheaper. These are all things that are unknown, that people could be arrested and jailed under the terms of this legislation."

       The council agreed to launch a campaign to urge the Senate to reject the legislation and to educate the membership on this threat to their civil liberty.
       On the political front, Hargrove said the federal NDP is in denial and missed an opportunity to rebuild the party.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The 2001 Convention of the New Democratic Party, I believe served up a lost opportunity. The leadership of our party just doesn't get it."
       "I think the only way we are going to get people thinking about our party in any way that sees it as relevant, is to move back to the left, define who we are, define who we want to represent, who have we out there to try and improve the lot of. I don't believe that we need another party that embraces the business community.


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