Ken Lewenza Urges Support for Doubling of CPP and Action on Job Loss

April 9, 2010


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Ken Lewenza Urges Support for Doubling of CPP and Action on Job Loss
dated April 9, 2010

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 9, 2010
      

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 9, 2010



Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "Siemans is a multinational corporation. Doing incredibly well. Globally have created five thousand new jobs. Five thousand new jobs globally and they have the audacity to come to one of the most senior plants in their system and say we're closing. We've asked the premier of the province of Ontario to use the power of government and he has simply got to say to Siemens, your not closing that plant and then getting an opportunity to bid on all the green energy projects. It isn't going to work that way. What you're going to do is fulfill a committment to that plant then you're allowed to bid on procurement in the province of Ontario. If not then do business elsewhere. That's the only pressure that we've got on him and we've asked him to do that."



 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "Xtrata, multinational corporation. A foreign investor that got approval to buy this facility, buy our natural resources and they we're supposed to commit to the better good of Canada, have decided to close this facility. We met with Xtrata following that and got very little or no response. We met with the premier yesterday afternoon, all of us, thirteen of us in the room. Mayors, business community a good coalition. The MP's the MPP's all singing of the same sheet. We reminded the premier of the committment that these employers must make. And there's no reasonable argument that the premier McGuinty can't be a captain here and say to Xtrata, you violated the committment to maintaining our natural resources by benefiting the communities that those natural resources came out of."



 

Dave Croswell
CAW Local 200 Financial Secretary

       "I would suggest that if this union wasn't here Flaherty wouldn't even be discussing pensions. Because when you hear him talk about solutions to the pension problem, he's suggesting RRSP opportunities, investment opportunities. He's suggesting what's going to help wealthy people, not working people."



 

Jenny Ahn
CAW Director of Membership Mobilization

       "So we need to keep the pressure on. The timing is absolutely critical for this last month. I really believe that if we keep on the pressure that all of you have done that we could be successful in this campaign and we can double CPP, we can make improvements for the retirement security of all workers, not just those of us that are unionized but all workers across the country and that's what its about at the end of the day."


 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "Brothers and sisters. We've got to get this out to our members. we've got to make our message more clear. We've got to bring more people along with us. More importantly we've got to ask ourselves, ask ourselves in this room. How do we engage young people, students, people going into the new workforce? How do we convince them that if we increase Canada Pension premiums over the next seven years it's going to benefit you and those existing in the workforce? Because the best program that we could possibly have for all Canadians is a universal pension plan that provides the income necessary when you retire, you retire in dignity."


 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "Part of my resolution is to try to get Flaherty to increase the kind of community forums that are necessary, the briefings that are necessary. I believe he is going to four or five selected communities on these hearings on pension reform. He's got to open it up to every community, anybody who wants to participate is these discussions, there's got to be a mechanism for their voices to be heard. And we have to continue to fight in that particular area."


 

Joel Harden
Canadian Labour Congress Researcher

       "The finance ministers of this land are getting together at the end of May and early June. And their going to be talking about what to concretly do on pensions. So if all of you take a moment, will you take a moment to right an email, to pick up the phone on this issue of pensions and to tell your elected representatives to support labours plan. Will you do that? Because I'm telling you. If you do that we may be having this conversation in ten years and say we had a Tommy Douglas moment in 2010 on pensions and you can tell your kids that you we're a part of it."


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