Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) has announced that on Sunday, September 28, members in the Ontario cities of St. Thomas, London and the surrounding area will rally to fight for good-paying manufacturing jobs. The union is asking all local members, family, friends, community activists and allies to attend. St. Thomas is the home of the Ford plant that produces the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car.
The march will start at the corner of Talbot Street and 1st Avenue, across the street from the Ford St. Thomas dealership, at 11:00 a.m. The group will march down Talbot Street to Ross Street for a mass rally at St. Thomas Ford Collision Centre.
“Cities like St. Thomas are being devastated by massive job loss, but it’s important to remind ourselves and others that it isn’t inevitable,” said Dennis McGee, CAW Local 1520 President. He said that balanced trade and policies that support local economies through buying Canadian would go a long way in helping to turn this situation around and said, “We just need the political will to make it happen.”
The CAW said that, according to Statistics Canada figures released in early August, 32,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Canada in July 2008. A total of 55,000 jobs were eliminated, including manufacturing jobs, the worst figure in 17 years and the steepest decline in employment since the 1991 recession.