CAW President Ken Lewenza Addresses CAW Council Friday, December 5

December 4, 2008, 10:48 AM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza will address hundreds of delegates representing CAW workplaces from coast-to-coast on Friday, December 5 at a meeting of CAW Council in Toronto.

Lewenza's speech, his first to CAW Council since being elected national president in September, will cover the crisis facing the auto industry and the manufacturing sector as well as the union's support for a Liberal-NDP coalition government.

Lewenza is scheduled to open CAW Council, the Parliament of the union, with a speech at approximately 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Toronto Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West. Council runs Friday, December 5 to Sunday, December 7.

Delegates will debate a series of recommendations from Lewenza over the three days of CAW Council. At noon on Saturday, December 6 delegates will take part at Nathan Phillips Square in a mass rally in support of the Liberal-NDP coalition.

In addition there will be guest speakers including CEP President Dave Coles, newly elected Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour President Lana Payne and Barb MacQuarrie, community director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario.

On Friday, December 5 there will also be a dinner tribute to retired CAW President Buzz Hargrove, honouring his decades of tireless commitment to the CAW, the broader trade union movement and social justice causes.

Media are welcome to attend CAW Council.

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