Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) is calling on Canada Post to ensure that the 4,500 to 5,500 new light-duty vehicles it will purchase in the coming years are assembled by Canadian workers.

The request was made in a letter sent to Canada Post president and CEO Moya Greene from CAW president Ken Lewenza.

“It is vitally important that government and government agencies spend public funds on Canadian-made goods and services wherever possible,” Lewenza said. “Reinvesting public funds back into the domestic economy helps protect and create Canadian jobs and strengthen communities.”

The union said that Canada Post plans to purchase new vehicles as part of an initiative to motorize letter carrier operations across the country. Included on the shortlist is the Chrysler Town & Country minivan; built in Windsor, Ontario, it is the only shortlisted vehicle assembled in Canada.

In a letter to the federal Minister of State for Transport, the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers argued in favour of attaching Canadian-content requirements to the vehicle purchase.

Production at Chrysler’s minivan plant in Windsor has dropped off in recent months, due to slow sales. “A vehicle order of this magnitude would be a huge boost to the workers in the plant and would save hundreds of jobs,” Lewenza said.

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