CAW Takes Auto Policy Pitch to Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

May 3, 2012, 11:30 AM EST


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CAW President Ken Lewenza and CAW Economist Jim Stanford met with Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid to present the union's proposals on strengthening the province's auto industry. 

The pair was joined by GM Master Bargaining Committee Chair and CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley, Ford Master Bargaining Committee Chair and CAW Local 707 President Gary Beck and CAW Pensions and Benefits Director Jo-Ann Hannah.

The April 30 session was the first meeting with government officials since the launch of the CAW's Re-think the Economy, Re-think Canada's Auto Industry campaign on April 16.  Other meetings are currently being scheduled.

Lewenza described the meeting as constructive and positive, with the presentation being well-received by government officials. Lewenza said that the union plans to take the proposals to all federal and provincial party auto caucuses.

The campaign policy proposals include developing a transparent and consistent auto investment policy, building a green industry, negotiating Canadian manufacturing footprint commitments, in addition to a number of other measures. See the entire list of proposals at: http://www.rethinktheeconomy.ca/resources

For more information on the Re-think the Economy campaign or for an outline of the CAW's proposals, please visit: www.rethinktheeconomy.ca

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