CAW President Rallies Members in Windsor for Federal Election

September 30, 2008, 9:27 AM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza will be in Windsor this evening laying out the union's platform of strategic voting combined with targeted support for specific candidates, with the goal of preventing a Stephen Harper Conservative majority.

"Stopping a Stephen Harper majority is one of the most important challenges progressive Canadians have ever faced," said Lewenza.

Pre-election Rally

TODAY - Tuesday September 30, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: CAW Local 444/200 Hall

1855 Turner Road

Windsor, ON   N8W 3K2

In Windsor the CAW is endorsing NDP candidate Joe Comartin in the Windsor-Tecumseh riding and Brian Masse in the Windsor-West riding and an 'ABC' voting strategy (Anyone But Conservative) in all other ridings.

In a community devastated by job loss, the recent economic downturn and government inaction are top concerns for CAW members in Windsor, Essex County, Chatham and nearby areas.  

Recent job losses include the closure of Ford Essex Engine last December (500 jobs), the closure of Plastech in Leamington in May (300 jobs), the June closure of auto parts maker Lear in Windsor (160 jobs), the November closure of auto parts facilities Benteler Automotive (150 jobs) and Innovatech (100 jobs), the closure of Nemak Essex Aluminum set for 2009 (600 jobs), the closure of Martinrea's Fabco set for 2010 (more than 300 jobs) and the closure announcement at the General Motors Windsor Transmission plant (1400 jobs). Since the Harper Conservatives took over, 16,100 manufacturing jobs have disappeared from the Windsor-Essex region - 35 per cent of all manufacturing jobs in the area.

The meeting is part of a leadership election tour by Lewenza to various communities across Ontario over the next two weeks. For more information on the tour, please visit:

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