CAW Holds Convention in Toronto

August 8, 2003

Media Release for CAW National Pack Distribution

August 8, 2003

Canadian Auto Workers Union Holds Convention in Toronto

(Toronto) - The Canadian Auto Workers union will hold its 7th Constitutional Convention in Toronto August 19 to 22 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. CAW president Buzz Hargrove will be up for re-election as will other members of the union's top leadership. The theme, "Unions: Resistance and Renewal" both captures the issues of the past few years and a glimpse at what the future may hold. The CAW has met a number of challenges over the past few years including crises in the airline industry, shipbuilding, the declining Canadian auto industry, and the thwarted attempt to bring in 'scabs' to the Navistar Chatham truck facility. Over 700 delegates from CAW Locals from coast to coast to coast, staff and guests are expected to attend the convention. Policy papers dealing with the Canadian political landscape, the future direction of the union, women's, workers of colour, and gay and lesbian pride issues will all be debated.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove will open the convention on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with his speech on the state of the union.

Guest speakers include:

Tuesday, August 19:
Olivia Chow, Councillor, Toronto
David Crockroft, General Secretary, ITF
Wednesday, August 20:
Jack Layton, Leader, Federal NDP
Henri Masse, FTQ President
Thursday, August 21:
Fernando Lopes, Acting President, CNM-CUT, Brazil
Barb Byers, Executive VP, CLC
Stephen Lewis, Special Envoy, United Nations
Erich Foglar, General Secretary, Metal and Textile Workers,

Media are welcome at the convention. Registration will open on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday morning prior to opening ceremonies.

Contact CAW Communications, Jane Armstrong, 416-495-6548

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