Chinese Union Meets CAW

September 22, 2010, 2:53 PM EST


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The Shandong Provincial Federation of Trade Unions sent a delegation to Toronto and Vancouver in September to learn more about the CAW.

This federation is from the Chinese province of Shandong, one of the biggest in China with a population of 94 million (almost three times the size of Canada).

In Toronto, presentations were made by the CAW Education Department, Women's Department and Legal Department.  CAW President Ken Lewenza warmly greeted the delegates in Toronto including Shandong PFTU Vice-President Ms. Wang Lihua who was appreciative of the meeting.  CAW national representative Keith Osborne, formerly the CAW's Oshawa car plant chair, made a presentation to the delegates, which included the Vice-President of the Yantai city union, which covers the GM plant in Yantai.

CAW Area Director Susan Spratt and others met with the delegation in Vancouver.  Many thanks to Ping Cui of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and Steve Cheung, Chair of CAW Vancouver Human Rights Committee for volunteering to provide interpretation. The Shandong PFTU extended an invitation for the CAW to visit Shandong next year to continue the exchange.

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