Manufacturing Matters to St. Thomas Rally

August 20, 2008, 3:59 PM EST


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On Sunday September 28, CAW members in St. Thomas, London and the surrounding area will take to the streets to continue the fight for good-paying manufacturing jobs. All local union members, family, friends, neighbours, community activists and allies are urged to attend.

The march will kick off at the corner of Talbot St. and 1st Ave. across the street from the Ford St. Thomas dealership at 11:00 a.m. The group will depart from there and march down Talbot St. to Ross St. for a mass rally at St. Thomas Ford Collision Centre.

CAW Local 1520 President Dennis McGee encourages people from across the community to attend this important event to show that manufacturing matters in St. Thomas and all the surrounding communities. "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 McGee. Balanced trade and policies that support local economies through buying Canadian would go a long way in helping turn this situation around, he said. "We just need the political will to make it happen," he said.

McGee will be speaking along with St. Thomas and London Labour Council Presidents Dave Kerr and Patti Dalton. The mayor of St. Thomas, Cliff Barwick and top CAW leadership will also be in attendance.

In July of this year 32,000 manufacturing jobs were lost, according to Statistics Canada figures released in early August. Including manufacturing jobs, 55,000 jobs were eliminated in total, the worst figure in 17 years and the steepest decline in employment since the 1991 recession.

Manufacturing Matters March and Rally
September 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
Talbot St. and 1st. Ave.
St. Thomas, Ontario

For more information, please contact: Dennis McGee at 519-851-8181

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