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December 6, 2006
CAW - VIA Rail Campaign
The CAW National Union, working with National Council 4000, Local 100 and the VIA units, have commenced a national campaign to
bring public and government attention to the funding shortfalls by the Harper government for VIA Rail.  This is an incredibly important
campaign for our members, their families and their communities.  

Recently, CAW President Buzz Hargrove sent letters to the Harper government requesting a meeting on this important issue.  The
campaign will include postcards that we ask be filled out and sent to your MP and buttons that highlight the importance of the

The campaign was launched formally at the Quebec Council, November24-26, which is the parliament of the CAW in Quebec.  
Delegates are the top leadership from the total union in Quebec.  Luc Desnoyers, Quebec Director gave the delegates an extensive
overview in his report of this campaign, encouraging the whole union in Quebec to participate in the campaign and introduced a
resolution in support of this effort, which was unanimously endorsed by over 200 of the Union’s top leaders in Quebec.  Desnoyers
committed his full support to the campaign including raising this issue with both federal and provincial elected members of the
political parties.  

On December 8-10 in Toronto, the CAW Council meets as they do every three months to deal with the numerous issues facing the
CAW nationally.  Buzz Hargrove, as part of this Council, provides an in depth report to over 800 top leadership from across Canada.  
His report will include outlining the VIA campaign and the importance of the full CAW membership participating in support of VIA
workers.  A similar resolution will be forthcoming at the CAW Council where the CAW expects total support from across the country.

As previously reported, the CAW VIA Rail Campaign will include billboards in twelve major cities across the country.  Below you will
find the listing for these locations and a picture of the billboard that will be featured.  This is designed to bring public attention to the
campaign.  We must have the full support of our VIA members and the entire CAW membership in order to ensure that VIA Rail is
supported and that the necessary funding is secured so that we protect important jobs of our members and their families.  The VIA
system has been described as a jewel of the nation as it ties the country together from coast to coast to coast.  Please give the
campaign your full support.
  • Halifax

  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Oshawa
  • Toronto
  • Brampton
  • Mississauga
  • Scarborough
  • London
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Vancouver
December 4 - 4 weeks
January 1 - 4 weeks
December 4 - 8 weeks    
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December 25 - 8 weeks
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December 18 - 8 weeks
December 4 - 8 weeks

Post cards (below) will also be distributed for mailouts to Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities: