Turbine Blades Should be Built in Siemens Hamilton Plant

August 24, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

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A coalition has formed in Hamilton supporting the CAW's campaign to have Siemens Canada use its existing Hamilton facility as the home for its new wind turbine blade manufacturing plant.

The coalition includes CAW members, other labour leaders, city staff and provincial and federal politicians, including MPP Paul Miller and MPs Wayne Marston and Chris Charlton of the NDP.

In addition the CAW has launched a media campaign including radio and newspaper ads urging Siemens to put the work into the Hamilton gas turbine plant it has announced it plans to close. The community will lose 550 good jobs if the facility closes with no replacement work.

"We're trying to get Siemens and the Ontario government to put those green jobs into the Hamilton plant," said Randy Smith, president of CAW Local 504. "We're saying it makes more sense to use a plant that's already here than to take up more green space with a new factory," he told The Hamilton Spectator newspaper.

Coalition members are urging the Ontario government to support the green economy by investing in the plan to put the wind turbine blades into the existing Hamilton facility.

To read CAW President Ken Lewenza's letter to Siemens Canada President Roland Aurich please see page 4 of Contact.

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