Boot Campaign Against Manufacturing Job Losses

August 13, 2008, 9:59 AM EST

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Federal politicians who have ignored the growing manufacturing jobs crisis will soon be 'getting the boot' courtesy of a grass roots campaign by several CAW locals.

CAW locals in the Chatham, Tilbury, Windsor and Oshawa areas are collecting used work boots and shoes and are planning to send them to MPs including federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to protest federal Conservative government inaction on the manufacturing crisis.

As part of the campaign CAW members are being asked to bring in used work boots and shoes. Each pair of boots will have a tag attached which reads: "Dear Mr. Flaherty, Here are my well used boots. I thought they may be of better use to you, since you have made sure I will never have a need for them again. P.S. Sorry I couldn't remove the blood, sweat and tears from them!"

Dave Crosswell, executive member of the Windsor and District Labour Council, said the Boot Campaign is intended to remind the federal government that they need to take immediate action to halt manufacturing job losses that are hitting workers, families and communities very hard.

"We need a manufacturing policy," Crosswell said. That policy would ensure 'fair trade' that requires countries to build or buy as much in Canada as they sell here, Crosswell said in a recent Windsor Star story on the Boot Campaign.

Over the last five years Canada has lost more than 350,000 manufacturing jobs because of the high value Canadian dollar, unfair trade policies and the lack of federal government action to deal with the issue.

In Windsor you can drop off work boots or shoes and fill out personal reflections on job losses for Essex MP Jeff Watson and Finance Minister Flaherty by going to any CAW union hall or calling 519-256-3453, ext. 226.

Boot drop off locations in Chatham are at CAW Local 127 on Merritt Ave, and in Tilbury at Local 1941 on Prospect St.

In Oshawa boots can be dropped off at the Durham Regional Labour Council office at 115 Albert Street or they can be dropped off at the Labour Day Picnic on Monday, September 1 at Memorial Park.

If you want to take part in the Boot Campaign contact CAW Local 200, Mike Turnbull, 519-256-3453, ext. 226.

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