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August 30, 2006
CAW President says New Orleans needs Canada’s help
On a special trip to New Orleans on Tuesday, August 29, one year after Hurricane Katrina, CAW president Buzz Hargrove said
Canadian relief efforts must continue if the city is to be rebuilt.  All levels of American governments have failed at salvaging the city,
added Hargrove.

Katrina ravaged entire neighbourhoods and forced thousands of residents from their homes – most, permanently.  Hargrove went to
see the devastation first-hand, joining CAW skilled trades members who are in New Orleans helping to rebuild houses one-by-one in
the poor, hard-hit Ninth Ward.  Currently, 30 skilled trades workers are scheduled to work in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward over a five
The CAW president says he wants to extend the CAW project in which skilled trades workers donate their own time and money to
rebuild homes.

The New Orleans project was born in the last round of Big Three auto bargaining, when Katrina hit.  The CAW and the auto
companies worked out a deal allowing workers who wanted to help, to take leaves of absence.

“This is the best way we can help,” commented CAW skilled trades director Colin Heslop.  “There is a shortage of people who can do
the skilled work that needs to be done so that people can get back to their homes in safety or continue to live their in some comfort
and dignity."

The CAW is working with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to coordinate New Orleans relief

Source:  CAW NewsNow
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