September 17, 2008
Past CAW Presidents Bob White and Buzz Hargrove speak to CAW Rail Conference delegates
Local leaders and delegates to the 2008 CAW Rail Conference were
surprised and honoured by the two guest speakers who dropped by to
speak during the hospitality night at this year's conference.

First CAW President (1985 - 1992) and former Canadian Labour
Congress President Bob White and recently retired President (1992 -
2008) Buzz Hargrove spoke to CAW Rail leaders and members at the
CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.  

White and Hargrove spoke of the changes of the CAW since it was
established in 1985, following a break from the U.S. based United Auto
Workers Union.  Today, only 40% of the some 260,000 membership of
Canada's largest private sector, CAW-Canada, are auto workers.  The
remaining 60% of the overall membership are made up from various
other sectors such as air, health care, hospitality, manufacturing,
transportation and rail.  

Hargrove spoke of the history of railway workers merging with the CAW,
first the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen, then followed by the Canadian
Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers Union.  
(From left to right) Buzz Hargrove, Assistant to CAW President
Bob Chernecki and Bob White at the CAW Rail Conference
hospitality night, September 12, 2008 at Port Elgin, Ontario.

Hargrove also spoke of some of the CAW's achievements and struggles in collective bargaining with Canada's railways.

It was clearly an honour to have Canada's two most respected and well known labour leaders attend and speak to the CAW Rail

Newly elected National President Ken Lewenza, who succeeded Buzz Hargrove on September 6, 2008, spoke to delegates the
following morning, opening the conference's events on September 13th.
CAW Council 4000 President Bob Fitzgerald
presents Buzz Hargrove with a Council 4000
2008 CAW Rail Conference sweater on behalf
of the Council membership
[From left to right]  CAW Local 4001 Unit Local
Chairperson Dave Judge (Savage Alberta Railway),
Buzz Hargrove, CAW Council 4000 Regional
Representative Barry Kennedy (Mountain Region),
and Local 4001 President Ron Shore
September 17, 2008 - CAW Rail Conference wraps up as a success

Click here to view more photos of the 2008 CAW Rail Conference (Photos in this link are courtesy of Abe Rosner)