CAW National Skilled Trades Council Endorses Lewenza and Kennedy

August 18, 2008, 12:01 PM EST

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The CAW National Skilled Trades Council unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Ken Lewenza for the position of national president and Peter Kennedy for the position of national secretary-treasurer, during the most recent Council meeting held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 15-17.

The Council's endorsement follows a previous National Skilled Trades Council Executive Board decision to endorse both Lewenza and Kennedy on July 9.

"This is a critical time in our union's history, and a critical time for skilled trades workers in Canada," said newly elected CAW National Skilled Trades Council President David Cassidy. "The Skilled Trades Council fully supports Ken Lewenza and Peter Kennedy's candidacy and believes they are best positioned to lead our union through the challenges that lay ahead."

"We wish them both congratulations and success in their upcoming elections," added Cassidy.

The CAW National Skilled Trades Council is comprised of over 100 skilled trades delegates from across Canada and represents 27,000 skilled trades journeymen/women and apprentices in the 17 different sectors of the union ranging from auto assembly and auto parts to rail, gaming, shipbuilding, mining, fisheries, transportation and hospitality.

The Council advocates on behalf of skilled trades' workers on issues of training, standards, technological change, apprenticeships and other concerns related to building and sustaining skilled trades in Canada. The Council meets three times a year with elected delegates from CAW workplaces and from 16 CAW Skilled Trades Area Sub-councils across Canada.

The election for the CAW national president position will take place at a special convention on September 6 in Toronto, Ontario. The election for the CAW national secretary-treasurer position will take place during the triennial CAW Constitutional Convention next held in Quebec City in August 2009.

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