Windsor, Ontario – Union leaders are calling on Canada Post Corporation to purchase vehicles made in Canada by unionized workers. The crown corporation is expected to purchase 4,500 to 5,500 new light vehicles in the coming years, and the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) wants them to be Canadian.
Both CAW president Ken Lewenza and CUPW president Denis Lemelin said that all publicly-funded government agencies and crown corporations should have a clearly-defined policy to buy Canadian goods to maximize the economic benefit to Canadian citizens. The two said that the federal government should preserve and create jobs that are supported through strong social programs, instead of destroying jobs through ever-freer international trade agreements.
The unions said that the Chrysler Town & Country minivan is one of the vehicles Canada Post is testing to fill the order. The minivan is made at Chrysler’s plant in Windsor, Ontario, which is scheduled to eliminate its third shift of production due to lagging sales.