Auto Campaign Continues into New Year

December 10, 2012, 2:45 PM EST


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The Re-think Canada's Auto Industry campaign, kicked off in April, will continue into the New Year with renewed objectives.

The three key areas will be: the need to maintain a manufacturing footprint in Canada; the necessity of stopping free trade deals with Europe, Korea and Japan (which would devastate the auto industry and key sectors of the economy; and preserving employment lands for manufacturing plants in local and provincial zoning policies.

"We came out of bargaining with our head held high," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "But ultimately, we need better industrial policies in this country. We are simply asking government to do what every other country is doing and apply best practices."

Lewenza urged the union to stand in solidarity with Korean auto worker unions who are trying to obtain a fair share of the successful Korean auto industry.

Lear Whitby plant chair Scott Bateman, whose workplace was recently on strike, encouraged members to have their friends and family members sign the pledge over the holidays. "This is about having good jobs in our communities," said Bateman.

Lewenza also urged local unions to continue getting the Good Jobs pledges signed and sent in.  The Good Jobs pledge can be downloaded at: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/caw/pages/29/attachments/original/1334513693/556-Good_Jobs_Pledge.pdf?1334513693

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