CAW Commended for Activism on Canadian Content Rules

December 5, 2009, 10:00 AM EST


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Toronto City Councillor Adam Giambrone stressed the importance of the CAW's activism and partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission in building a green and sustainable economy.

Giambrone, who is also chair of the TTC, told CAW Council delegates on December 4 that the union's leadership and membership played an important role in ensuring Toronto city council selected Bombardier as the manufacturer for the TTC's new light rail transit vehicles, which will be built in Canada at the company's Thunder Bay, Ontario plant.

The $1.2 billion streetcar contract means greater job security and hundreds of new jobs at the Thunder Bay plant. CAW Local 1075 represents workers at the Bombardier plant.

Giambrone outlined the importance of government establishing strong Canadian content requirements when they set out to purchase new mass transit vehicles.

"Government has a role to play in building a stronger economy," Giambrone said. He stressed the importance of government using tax dollars to create Canadian jobs whenever possible.

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