CAW, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Politicians Urge Ford to Keep St. Thomas Plant Open

July 24, 2009, 8:52 AM EST

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CAW officials met with federal, provincial and municipal politicians yesterday at Queen's Park to discuss the future of the Ford St. Thomas plant. Elgin-Middlesex/London MPP Steve Peters and Elgin-Middlesex/London MP Joe Preston, along with other municipal mayors were in attendance.

As recently as early July, Ford had indicated to the union that the plant had no product following September 2011. At yesterday's meeting, the politicians committed to continue urging Ford to continue production in the plant beyond 2011.

"Ford has an obligation to work with the CAW and the federal, provincial and municipal governments to maintain jobs in the St. Thomas facility," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "It's unacceptable to the CAW and the workers in this facility that Ford has no product beyond 2011 for this plant."

There is a clear consensus that Ford must find a solution to this very difficult situation. Ford has shed over 50 per cent of their Canadian workforce over the past number of years and their footprint in Canada will be less than eight per cent.
"We have been working incredibly hard at the local level to maintain high quality and high productivity of the popular vehicles that we build," said Scott Smith, Chairperson Local 1520, St. Thomas Plant. "For over 30 years our members were committed to this facility. We have done everything we could locally to commence forward to maintain operations in our community."

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