Workers Create Toronto Funeral Procession Mourning Massive Job Losses

October 6, 2008, 6:00 PM EST

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Hundreds of members of the CAW and the Toronto and York Region Labour Council marched through downtown Toronto October 7 in a funeral procession mourning the loss of nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs across the country since the Stephen Harper Conservatives came into office.

Dressed entirely in black and carrying a coffin marked 'jobs,' the New Orleans jazz-style funeral procession welcomed the Prime Minister who was in Toronto for a nearby speaking engagement.

CAW National President Ken Lewenza and Toronto and York Region Labour Council President John Cartwright gave speeches along with recently laid off workers from mattress manufacturer Simmons in Brampton, which closed suddenly in early September and  Progressive Moulded Plastics which closed without warning in early July, putting 2,000 people out of work.

The group was demonstrating against the Conservative's callous mismanagement of the economy at the expense of working people.

Click here to view photos of the march.

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