CAW Brings Made in Canada Message to Municipalities Conference in Ottawa

August 26, 2008, 9:41 AM EST


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Representatives of the Canadian Auto Workers union distributed 1,500 information leaflets to elected municipal officials attending the 2008 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa on August 25.

The union encouraged conference delegates to adopt a Buy Canadian policy for public purchases, as part of its Made in Canada Matters campaign.

A Buy Canadian policy for public purchases is one of the many tools governments have at their disposal to stem the loss of good manufacturing jobs in Canada, said CAW President Buzz Hargrove

"We just witnessed a near record total of 32,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the month of July alone," said Hargrove. "Our governments, at all levels, need to be held accountable for these losses and start finding ways to support manufacturing workers in Canada."

Hargrove pointed to the City of Windsor's recent decision to purchase 18 new hybrid public transit buses from New Flyer Industries in Winnipeg as an example of how purchasing Canadian made products can encourage the creation of good jobs and strengthen communities.

Since the campaign was launched in the spring, the union's "Buy Canadian-Build Communities" resolution has been brought to debate in a number of municipalities across Ontario, and passed by city councils in Oshawa, Thorold and Woodstock.

Copies of the Buy Canadian-Build Communities resolution and CAW information leaflet are available online at: http://www.caw.ca/campaigns&issues/ongoingcampaigns/manu-jobs/index.asp

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