CAW To Launch National Campaign To Save Manufacturing Jobs

Toronto, Ontario

December 8, 2006


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CAW To Launch National Campaign To Save Manufacturing Jobs

The Canadian Auto Workers union leadership council in Toronto December 8th; endorsed the call for a national campaign to protect manufacturing jobs from unfair trade from Asia. CAW national president Buzz Hargrove, back from a recent trip to China and Korea said immediate action is needed.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We should have an Auto Pact type of agreement. The 1965 Auto Pact was the most successful trading agreement ever signed in the history of the world. What did the Auto Pact do, it guaranteed exactly what I am saying. If you want to sell in the market no problem, give the consumers all the choice they want but in exchange for that your consumers have to have the same choices by our vehicles being available in your countries as well."
Hargrove told the delegates that free trade is not the answer.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"It is going to be a challenge to us, brothers and sisters, if we don't convince our government that we need managed trade. We need reciprocal trade. We can't just sit back and say we are in favour of free trade with either China or South Korea"
The national union is now engaged in building toward a national Day of Action to save manufacturing jobs in Canada.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We're going to launch a campaign in support of the manufacturing sector in our economy and we're going to join with the CLC and others to try and put as much pressure as we can on the decision makers in our country. That will be a major political campaign for our union as we head into the winter months."
During the council meeting Hargrove welcomed Toronto councillor Howard Moscoe who played a key role in getting Toronto to buy Canadian built subway cars which saved CAW jobs in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The council debated and endorsed numerous resolutions ranging from political action on Childcare and Pension guarantees to the need for funding for Via Rail, to restructuring in many sectors from ship building to retail and fisheries.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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