August 7, 2002

CAW’s Hargrove embarks on three-day tour of auto towns

Toronto, Ontario – CAW president Buzz Hargrove and top leadership embark on a three-day tour of Ontario auto industry cities this week in an effort to increase the understanding in those communities of the impending crisis in the industry as it shrinks Canadian production. Local politician, MPs and MPPs and media have been invited to hear an economic presentation by CAW economist Jim Stanford of the auto industry’s economic significance to each community.

Hargrove is emphasizing as the union gets ready for intense bargaining with GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler this fall, that in spite of record sales, the absence of the Auto Pact means Canadian plants and auto parts manufacturing facilities are vulnerable unless the federal and provincial governments come up with a comprehensive auto policy in the near future.

The CAW has seen 15,000 auto related jobs disappear over the last 18 months with the announcements of closures and downsizing. Overall, every auto assembly job translates into 7.5 spinoff jobs in the economy.

The tour commences in London, August 7, at 9:30 am in Local 1520’s hall, 6688 Tempo Rd., near Highway 4 & 401. The tour agenda for the remainder of the week is as follows:

  • August 7, 2002: 9:30 am, Local 1520, 6688 Tempo Road, Hwy 4 & 401, St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 3V6, Tel: 519-652-5552; 2:00 pm, Local 444, 1855 Turner Road, Windsor, Ontario N8W 3K2, Tel: 519-258-6400
  • August 8, 2002: 10:00 am, Local 707, 475 North Service Road East, Oakville, Ontario L6H 1A5, Tel: 905-844-9451; 1:30 pm, Local 199, 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines, Ontario L2P 3G5, Tel: 905-682-2611; 3:30 pm, Local 1451, 600 Wabanaki Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C 2K4, Tel: 519-893-6193
  • August 9, 2002, 10:00 am, Local 222, 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario L1J 8L4, Tel: 905-723-1187; 1:00 pm, Local 1285, 6 Beech Street, Brampton, Ontario L6V 1V1, Tel: 905-451-8310

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