2010 Retired Workers Council and Conference Report
October 12, 2010, 11:05 AM EST
More than 200 delegates, spouses and guests took part in the 2010 Retired Workers Council and Conference at the CAW's Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario from September 5 to 10.
Delegates from BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada made up the Retired Workers Council representing more than 40,000 CAW retired workers across Canada.
The conference began with the annual Labour Day parade down the main street of Port Elgin. Buses of retired workers and leadership from around Ontario joined with the Grey Bruce Labour Council affiliates to bring the total of marchers to more than 1500 people.
Former CAW President Bob White joined the Retired Workers Advisory Executive to lead the parade. He later delivered the Labour Day message during a BBQ lunch.
There were 43 resolutions submitted by retired workers chapters and area councils which were passed by the delegates on issues such as pensions, health care, EI reform, the environment and maintaining the gun registry.
One of the key note speakers was pension expert Monica Townson who delivered a presentation titled "What can we do about pensions?"
Jenny Ahn, Director of the CAW Retired Workers Department, commended the retirees for their activism and support for the many rallies and fight- back campaigns that have been held across the country.
CAW President Ken Lewenza addressed delegates updating them on all sectors within the CAW. He thanked retirees for their commitment to the union and their respective communities. He said the union is facing many challenges and now more than ever the retirees will be called upon to support worker fight-backs and protect the past gains workers have made.
An election was held for the Retired Workers Advisory Executive. Elected for a three term are:
Len Harrison - Chairperson
Len Hope - Vice Chairperson
Barb Abrams - Recording Secretary
Mary Straus - Sgt-at-Arms
Jack Morrison - Member-at-Large
Marg Arnone - Member-at-Large
Herb John - Member-at-Large
Rick Reaume - Member-at-Large
Dave Tremblay - Member-at-Large
The recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Retired Workers of the Year Award was CAW Local 199 member Percy McKay.