August 30, 2006
CAW President says New Orleans needs Canada’s help
New Orleans, Louisiana – On a special trip to New Orleans yesterday, a year after Hurricane Katrina, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) president Buzz Hargrove said Canadian relief efforts must continue if the city is to be rebuilt. Hargrove said that all levels of American government have failed at salvaging the city.
Thirty CAW skilled trades workers have volunteered to help rebuild houses in the hard-hit Ninth Ward; they will work in groups of six, over a five-week period. Hargrove says he wants to extend the CAW project, in which the workers donate their time and money to rebuild homes. The project was born in the last round of Big Three auto bargaining, when the CAW and the auto manufacturers worked out a deal allowing a leave of absence for workers who wanted to help.
The CAW is working with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to coordinate New Orleans relief efforts.