June 9, 2008
CAW Collective Bargaining and Political Action Convention starts June 10th in Toronto
Nearly 1,000 elected delegates and guests from across Canada will discuss and debate the CAW’s collective bargaining and political action agenda for the
next three years at a Toronto convention which gets underway June 10th.  Part of this agenda will include an effort to make gains for lower waged workers in
non-industrial sectors.

The CAW’s Collective Bargaining and Political Action Convention will be held at the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West in Toronto starting Tuesday, June
10 and running through to June 12.

The convention opens at 10 a.m. on June 10.  CAW President Buzz Hargrove will provide his opening address at approximately 10:45 a.m.  Hargrove’s address
will deal with the recent round of Big Three bargaining, the manufacturing jobs crisis in Canada and the need for federal government action to stem the
accelerating loss of these good jobs.

Hargrove will also discuss key bargaining victories and challenges faced by the labour movement and more specifically the union as it continues to deal with
change.

Convention delegates will discuss and debate a detailed document outlining the bargaining goals and political action priorities and issues that the 255,000
member union faces over the next three years, including a new section on young workers.

In addition there will be a number of presentations, videos and guest speakers during the convention.  Here is a list of some speakers:

Wednesday, June 11:
10 a.m. - Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada;
11:30 a.m. - Paul Moist, National President of CUPE;
2:30 p.m. - Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress President.

Thursday, June 12:
10 a.m. - Linda McQuaig, Author and Journalist;
11:30 a.m. - Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions;
2:30 p.m. - Michel Goldmann, Assistant General Secretary of the Belgium metalworkers

Source:  CAW NewsNow
 
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