CAW Launches Groundbreaking Study Tracking Laid Off Workers

June 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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The CAW is unveiling a new study tracking laid off workers in three different cities across southern Ontario at a press conference on Monday, June 7 at the Sheraton Centre, downtown Toronto.

The study, which is the first of its kind in the province, tracks a random sample of workers in Toronto, Brampton and Kitchener, many of whom lost their jobs only months prior to the official beginning of the recession. CAW President Ken Lewenza will be introducing the study.

Press conference:
Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m.
Sheraton Centre - Conference Room D & E (Main Mezzanine Level)
123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

For members of the media unable to attend, but who wish to participate, please call:

*Please use a landline only.

Written by Sam Vrankulj of McMaster University, the study focuses on the experience of manufacturing workers struggling with unemployment during the worst recession since the 1930s. It examines the various challenges in finding new employment and retraining; the impacts on workers health and well being and the role of action centres in providing critical supports.

Some key findings:

. This is still a very difficult labour market. Only 24% of the participants were working at the time of the survey. Of this group, approximately 70% were employed in part-time, temporary or more precarious forms of work. Just 39% found their new jobs in manufacturing while the other 61% were working in other sectors.

. When workers get adequate income and tuition support they take advantage of retraining opportunities after job loss. Otherwise, the financial obstacles are too great. There were 90% of study participants who enrolled for upgrading or retraining who identified the level of income support and the cost of tuition as the most important factors enabling that enrollment.

. Workers report high levels of satisfaction with the unique services provided by action centres and peer helpers. They offer a wide range of supports, both formal and informal, to meet the needs of laid off workers - including job search, retraining, financial, personal and social needs.

. More targeted supports are needed to address the multiple obstacles faced by laid off workers who are older, women, immigrants or who lack strong literacy skills.

The study was initiated by CAW with funding approved in the adjustment contract between CAW, Chrysler Canada and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD - CAW Worker Tracking Project: Preliminary Findings (May 2010)

In coordination with the unveiling of the study, members of the media may want to visit one of a number of CAW Action Centres, set up by the union with monies negotiated from employers and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Some Toronto area centres include:

CAW Local 222 Community Action Centre
Co-ordinator: Connie Snelgrove 905-432-7205 or cell 905-925-3939
200 John St., Unit B11
Midtown Mall, Oshawa                          

CAW Local 1285 Chrysler Action Centre
Jen Wells, Co-ordinator tel. 905-456-1285
Plaza 1, unit 6
350 Rutherford Rd South,
Brampton, L6W 3P6

CAW Former Simmons Workers Action Centre
Ines Medeiros, Co-ordinator tel. 905-455-1513
Plaza 2, unit 103
350 Rutherford Rd South,
Brampton, L6W 3P6

PMP Workers Action Centre
Fa Lim, Co-ordinator  tel. 905-532-0633  x 25
2180 Steeles West Unit 3 (at Keele)
Concord,  L4K 2Z5


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