|August 18, 2006
Buzz Hargrove re-elected to new and last term as CAW President - proposes to partner Denise Small
|CAW president Buzz Hargrove was acclaimed to a new term as president of the 265,000 member union.
In accepting his nomination, Hargrove announced, officially, that this will be his last term as the president of the CAW. Hargrove said
"it is a great honour to be elected to lead the CAW for another three-year term." Hargrove was first elected CAW president in 1992,
succeeding Bob White who went on to become the president of the Canadian Labour Congress.
"It's the people in this room and the leadership and membership back in the workplaces who make this a truly great organization,"
Hargrove said. His explained his continuing goal over the new term is to maintain a tough, militant collective bargaining agenda as
well as strong advocacy on social justice and community activism.
In thanking the many people he has worked with and respected over the years, Hargrove made a surprise announcement in front of
the convention delegates and proposed to his long time partner Denise Small. Past president Bob White, who handled the
nomination process and swore in the new National Executive, stood up and asked an emotional Small, jokingly, if she accepted her
"nomination," of which she said yes!
In addition CAW national secretary-treasurer Jim O'Neil was returned to a new term as was CAW-TCA Quebec director Luc
Desnoyers. Hargrove, O'Neil and Desnoyers hold the top three elected positions within the union.
Elected as Trustees on the CAW National Executive Board were Christine Connor, Local 414; Bill King, Local 597; and Evelyn Sy,
Local 2169. Elected to the Member at Large position is Nancy McMurphy, Local 302.