Auto Pact Campaign

January 15, 1998


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Auto Pact Campaign
Auto Pact Campaign
dated January 15, 1998

Auto Pact Campaign
The possibility of the liberal government further cutting or eliminating the Auto Pact is a bad idea coming at the worst of times. The CAW has begun mobilizing its membership and the general public to stop any move by the Chretien Government to weaken the Auto Pact.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national President

"They are the free traders of the world, they are pushing free trade, free investment decisions, free this free everything, so we have to build support on our issues, amongst our membership and we have to enlist the members and their families and the communities because these are good paying jobs and everyone understands that."

The CAW wants Ottawa to reinstate the tariff on auto parts to at least match the United States tariff level; keep the Auto Pact tariff structure and to speak out for Canadian jobs rather than making it easier for offshore auto makers to sell into the Canadian Market.

Sam Gindin
Assistant to CAW National President

"It isn't a question about nationality. It isn't about American companies being better than Japanese companies. We're not interested in nationality; we're interested in one thing, what's the performance? What commitment here?"




Gindin pointed out that workers at the Toyota and Honda plants as well as workers in the auto parts plants, need the protection of the Auto Pact as much as the Big Three auto workers. Opening up to all imports would result in fewer jobs at their plants. Instead of doing away with the Auto Pact Ottawa should be encouraging Honda and Toyota to increase their investment in Canada.

Sam Gindin
Assistant to CAW National President

"We really aren't saying to Japanese companies that they should leave. We're saying that we want you to invest more here. Why don't you have as much commitment here as the Big Three, which would solidify the jobs of workers at Honda and Toyota?"

The Big 3 North American automakers create over twice the number of direct jobs for every car they build compared to Toyota and Honda combined.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national President

"The auto industry, as Sam said earlier is more important to the Canadian economy, than the auto industry is in any other auto producing nation in the world. Something like one in six or one in seven jobs are related to what happens in the auto industry."

The "Keep the Auto Pact" campaign has started with an information effort within the union and a postcard campaign. Union representatives will also seek support from local municipalities, individual MPs and provincials MPPs.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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