Save The Apprenticeship Program

Windsor, Ontario

November 19, 1998


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Save The Apprenticeship Program
Save The Apprenticeship Program
dated November 19, 1998


Save The Apprenticeship Program
Windsor Nov 17,1998
The CAW and other unions are leading the fight against the gutting of the apprenticeship program in Ontario by the Harris government's new Bill 55. They made their presentation to a legislative committee that is touring the province to get input on the proposed changes to the Ontario Apprenticeship Act.


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"What we are saying here today is that this bill should be scrapped."
Speaking to the hearing in Windsor, National President Buzz Hargrove pointed out that its not just organized labour that sees the danger of Bill 55.

 

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"I talked with some top people at Chrysler this morning and they are not where you are at on this bill. I talked to almost every leading industry spokesperson that we deal with; outside the Chamber of Commerce who represents I don't know who, but they certainly don't produce anything in the province, and they are not on side with this bill." "So if you don't listen to me surely you should listen to those people who are joining with us on this issue."

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
Hargrove had a warning for the government and implored them to go back to the drawing board with the help of labour, business and educators.


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"What you are proposing here, not tomorrow but in ten years someone will be back to fix the mess that we leave with this legislation. If people don't stop to listen." "What I am proposing is revolutionary with this government and that is stop! Put the brakes on, consult with people who know including industry."

Following the hearing, Hargrove said the fight would continue with a radio and newspaper advertising campaign to encourage public support.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"The only thing that gives me some sense of confidence that they will have a real problem here is most of industry is quietly saying this is an absolute disaster. This bill that was designed without even consultation with the major players in industry."



CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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