Generosity of CAW Members Inspires London Community

March 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EST


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CAW members working at Ford in St. Thomas, Ontario dug deep this year to fundraise for the London and Middlesex United Way, despite the fact that 1500 workers are slated to lose their jobs when the plant closes in 2011.

In December, workers delivered a cheque to the United Way for $360,905 and announced plans to launch another fundraising drive next year.

"We hope this money goes a long way to support our community that is in such desperate need," said Scott Smith, CAW Local 1520 Plant Chairperson at Ford.

Over the past year, over 8,000 jobs have been lost in the London region, according to the London Free Press. The region had also registered the second highest unemployment rate in the country due in large part to major losses in the manufacturing sector.

"It is inspiring to see what Ford workers did. We told them we would understand if they could not run a campaign, but they want to. They care so much for the community. There are terrific individuals there," said United Way London and Middlesex Chief Executive Andrew Lockie in an interview with the London Free Press.

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