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July 11, 2008
CAW President Buzz Hargrove announces he will retire this September
On Tuesday, July 8, 2008, CAW President Buzz Hargrove announced his early retirement during
a morning meeting of the Union’s National Executive Board, the rank-and-file leadership body of
the Union.  The board was meeting to endorse candidates for both the National Presidential and
Secretary-Treasurer positions.

Hargrove will step down following a special constitutional convention to be held in September.  
At the convention, 800 delegates from Local Unions across Canada will vote by secret ballot on
Hargrove’s successor to lead the CAW.

Hargrove has been the national president of the CAW since he was acclaimed on June 27, 1992
after receiving the unanimous support of all constitutional convention delegates, the National
Executive Board and union staff.  Hargrove will turn 65 in March 2009, the mandatory retirement
age for any officer or staff member of the Union.

In a meeting of the National Executive Board and the Union’s staff on July 8, both groups
unanimously endorsed candidates Ken Lewenza for National President and Peter Kennedy for
National Secretary-Treasurer.
CAW President Buzz Hargrove (Photo: CAW)

The outspoken Lewenza is a well-known figure in the Windsor-Essex area and has presided over five consecutive sets of negotiations with Chrysler as the
chair of the CAW Chrysler Master Bargaining Committee.  He has been the President of CAW Local 444 in Windsor, Ontario since 1994, having previously held
numerous in-plant and Local Executive positions.

Kennedy has been the assistant to National Secretary-Treasurer Jim O’Neil since 1992 and plays an integral role in the daily operations of the Union.  He also
has numerous collective bargaining responsibilities including General Motors, CAMI (a GM-Suzuki joint venture in Ingersoll, Ontario), the aerospace sector as
well as the electronics and electrical sectors of the union.

The election for National Secretary-Treasurer will be held at the Constitutional Convention in August 2009 when Jim O’Neil will finish his current three-year
mandate and retire.

Source:  CAW NewsNow
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