Grid Iron Tickets for CAW Local 504 members at Siemens
September 13, 2010, 10:50 AM EST
Three burly football players from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football club opened their wallets to ensure CAW Local 504 members at Siemens in Hamilton could celebrate Labour Day in style.
Linebackers Otis Floyd, Jamall Johnson and Markeith Knowlton teamed up to buy 600 tickets for Seimens workers to attend Hamilton's Labour Day match with the Toronto Argonauts.
The Canadian Football League players visited CAW Local 504 hall to bring the tickets and talk with CAW members who work at the Siemens gas turbine plant in Hamilton, which the company has announced it plans to close down next April.
Floyd's father worked at a Ford plant in Detroit for more than 35 years, and Floyd told the Hamilton Spectator newspaper that he understands the devastating impact the decline in manufacturing jobs can have on communities and families.
"I came from Detroit, a town full of factory workers, and they made Detroit," Floyd said. "When they closed the factories, the city went straight down. The guys we gave the tickets to are the heart and soul of Hamilton."
CAW Local 504 represents more than 350 workers at Siemens. The CAW is urging the company to use its existing Hamilton facility as the home for its new wind turbine blade manufacturing plant.
"I am extremely thankful to these athletes who not only made an extremely large donation of tickets to the employees of the Siemens, but also took time out of their busy schedules to visit our hall," said Randy Smith, President of CAW Local 504. "This is a perfect example of how they respect our support, give back to the community and understand the difficult job of labour and the tragedy of job loss."
"On behalf of Local 504 and its members at Siemens, I would like to thank these three Hamilton Tiger Cat players for their very generous donation of 600 tickets to the annual Labour Day game," said Doug Brown, unit chair at Siemens. "For these players to give back to this community devastated by far too many layoffs is a strong indication of their character and shows a caring commitment to the Ti-Cat fan base who have supported the team through thick and thin years," said Brown.