Boeing's Future

June 19, 1998


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Boeing's Future
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Boeing's Future
There is room for hope over the future of the Boeing plant in Toronto despite bleak news most production at the facility is being phased out by the end of 1999. All that is required is the willingness of the federal and provincial governments to work with the company and the union towards a solution CAW national President Buzz Hargrove says.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"We think that given the skills we have here, given the opportunity with some support from government on both levels, that a bad news story can turn out to be a good news story. There's absolutely no reason for the arrogance of Mike Harris and John Manley federally to just write this facility off as if it didn't matter, as if it was one of the losers's in globalization. That's absolutely not true. "


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"The Bob Rae government put in about three hundred million dollars. A plant that was in decline with only about twelve or thirteen hundred people four years ago, now has over five thousand highly skilled workers in an industry that produces some of the best technology, its on the leading edge of research and development. It has enormous spin off effects, good effects for the rest of the economy and the country. Government involvement can make a difference. The case of aircraft maker deHavilland in Toronto is a prime example."

The same type of involvement can and should take place at Boeing according to Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"An industry like this only thrives, grows, and helps the country's economy prosper if government recognizes the importance of it and gets involved and supports the industry. There's no country in the world that has any type of aerospace industry that isn't supported and directed by government. "
Work at the Boeing plant on the MD 80 and MD 90 wings is scheduled to end early next year and work on the MD 11 wing in late 1999. Hargrove says there is still time to find a solution and vows to continue the fight to save the jobs of 2,000 CAW members.


Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"Well, firstly the 717 wing that we're currently building on a temporary basis, we think there's potential to have that here on a permanent basis. It may take some commitment by government to help modernize the facility in terms of this technology. "


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