www.local444.caw.ca Building our Union – Strengthening Our Communities CEP
NO. 398 WINDSOR, ONTARIO JUNE, 2007
Our Jobs! Our Communities! Our Future!
By KEN LEWENZA
President, CAW Local 444
HAT can I possibly say?
W The citizens of Windsor-
Essex led in many fronts
by CAW members, have shown
once again their passion, commit-
ment and concern for the economic
and social conditions of our com-
It was estimated 38,000 people
strong from all walks of life
marched, shoulder to shoulder, as a
community through the historic
heartland of the manufacturing sec-
tor, demanding that the Federal
government take meaningful and
concrete action in enhancing and
preserving this most important
industry to the Canadian economy.
The message delivered was clear
and direct: Stop the hemorrhaging
of job loss!
Windsor-Essex was one of sev-
eral communities throughout
Canada that planned and orchestrat-
ed a ‘Fight Back Campaign’ that
consistently put the Harper govern-
ment on notice that ‘enough is
The Fight Back Campaign is far
from over. The May 27th March
and Rally was the initial start of
raising public consciousness and
awareness. It was about educating
Canadians from one end of the
c o u n t r y t o t h e o t h e r, o n t h e
. . . cont’d on page 3
Manufacturing Matters . . .
Perfect Storm Analogy . . .
Ken Lewenza, pg. 1 & 3-5
Community Rally a Success . . .
Gary Parent, pg. 6
New Parts Plants . . .
Tom Lesperance, pg. 7
Retirements/DSEP . . .
Rick Laporte, pg. 8-9
Casino Report . . .
Pam Leach, pgs. 10-11
Windsor Assembly Report . . .
Dave Larue, pgs. 12-13 Union in Politics (UPC) members Rob McGuffin, Local 444, and Frank
Skilled Trades Report . . . McAnally, Local 200, are seen above handing out information leaflets at the
Dave Cassidy, pg. 14 Devonshire Mall, educating the community on the crisis in the Manufacturing
Casino Report . . Charie Virga, pg. 15 Sector, recognizing Windsor-Essex economic and social conditions will fall
further into decline correlating with significant value added job losses. ‘Our
Johnson Controls . . . Jobs, Our Communities, Our Future’ Coalition would like to acknowledge the
Kevin Beltrano, pg. 16
management of Devonshire Mall for allowing access to the community by
Integram Report . . . providing the space needed.
Paul Jacques, pg. 17
Innovatech Report . . .
Ken Smith, pg. 18
Recreation Report . . .
Mike Lovric, pg. 19-22
Benteler Automotive . . .
Ken Howard, pg. 23
TransAlta . . . Rick Lalonde, pg. 24
Benefits Report. . . .
Joe Domarchuk, pg. 25-26
WAP In-Plant Safety Report . . .
Working Towards Wellness . . .
Pat Cushing, pg. 27
Golf Tournament Sponsors . . .
Employment Equity . . .
Sandra Dominato, pg. 28 Local 444 members and their families are seen participating in the May 27th Rally
and March, and because of their overwhelming activism and presence, govern-
Veterans’ Committee . . . ment must stand up and take notice in dealing with the unprecedented
Ken Rose, pg. 28 manufacturing job losses.
Education Report . . .
Sandor Kapasi, pg. 29
Environment Committee . . .
Richard Labonte, pg. 30
Retirees’ Report . . .
George Johnson, pg. 31
Retiring Members . . . pg. 32-35
Human Rights . . .
Dewey Knight, pg. 36
Obituaries . . . pg. 36
Substance Abuse . . .
Pat Keenan, pg. 37
Community Services . . .
Sue Najem, pg. 38
Johnson Controls . . .
United Way . . . . . . pg. 39
Workers Across the Country pg. 40
members, both active and retired, Bertrand, Matt Vince, John Kerr,
President’s Report on the many public policy initia- Earl Dugal, Rene Gorrisen, Bruce
. . . cont’d tives that we have put forward in Malcolm and Mike Turnbull (Local
representing the best interest of our 200) who took on the added
importance of the manufacturing membership, our communities and responsibilities of co-ordinating
sector to the Canadian economy. It our nation. activities relating to the Rally and
was about insisting and making a We are going to establish an March.
statement that Prime Minister even stronger activist base that will I also want to recognize the
Harper and his minority govern- be responsible for sharing that Executive Board and Workplace
ment must stand up and be counted information with the community as Representatives who worked
in governing in the best interest of a whole. Through those efforts and incredibly hard in getting the mes-
Canada and the Canadian people. many others, we will demand more sage out and engaging the member-
It was also about demanding the accountability of our elected politi- ship on the need to participate, to
opposition parties of all political cians at the municipal, provincial care, and for showing leadership.
stripes to stand up and be counted and federal levels of government. Local 444 CAW applauds each and
by focusing their attention on the So, let’s go back to where I every one of you!
manufacturing sector and the jobs started this article. The massive turnout was report-
and taxes paid as a result of decent What can I say? Thank you, – ed throughout Canada as media
wages, pensions and benefits won thank you so much to those mem- outlet after media outlet was starv-
through collective bargaining. bers and their families who partici- ing for news where complacency
Political parties, each and every pated in the March and Rally. took a back seat to activism.
politician, must stand up and be Thank you, thank you so much Finally, let me conclude by
counted. It is as simple as that! for inspiring your leadership to thanking Our Jobs, Our
Canadians deserve the kind of keep up the fight in preserving the Communities, Our Future
representation that provides a sense manufacturing sector. Coalition that started with a com-
of hope and higher expectations Thank you, thank you so much mittee made up of 15 or 20 volun-
versus hopelessness and growing for standing up and being counted. teers but quickly grew to almost
insecurities. We must utilize the Because of our collective effort and 100 people with the majority of
collective energy and commitment participation, the job loss in the those being CAW members.
that was shown for one another in manufacturing sector is finally gen- This community coalition is
demanding public accountability on erating some public debate. determined to stay intact as we
that very successful Sunday of May On behalf of our Local Union, I force progressive change on a gov-
27th. wanted to give a special acknowl- ernment that, for too long, has lost
The CAW, your Union, has not edgment and words of appreciation its way, taking Canadians for grant-
only voiced our opposition to gov- to Gord Gray, Gary Bernard, Rob ed.
ernment policy. We have in fact, Spring, Rob McGuffin, Ron The struggle continues! . . .
along with the Canadian Labour
Congress, researched a number of
public policy initiatives and pre-
pared alternatives that are based on
sound economic and social policy.
We are not just protesting; we are
providing meaningful alternatives.
The outstanding question for us
is, whether government has the
political will to change course, and
the very first course of action is to
introduce fair and managed trade
versus unfair and exploitative trade.
The Local 444 CAW Executive
Board, Workplace Representatives, CAW National President Buzz Hargrove and Secretary-Treasurer Jim O’Neil join with Staff
Standing Committees and activist Representatives Jerry Dias, Bob Orr and Chrysler Bargaining Chairperson Ken Lewenza in
base is committed to engaging our addressing questions from the media, relative to the sale of DCX to Cerberus
without consultation. The
Perfect Storm analogy announcement of the sale was
provided to the Union just min-
utes prior to going public.
updated to Tornado Warning Challenging the decision would
have been irrelevant and not in
rothers and Sisters, – we ing Local 200 in a position where our best interest at the time.
B are at a crossroad, – make
no mistake about it. Two
years ago, through The Guardian
they have lost better than half of
their membership base. I can tell
you, without hesitation our friends
So, let’s be blunt, because any
other response would sugarcoat a
very serious problem involving
newsletter, I asked the readership and neighbours at Local 200 are our jobs, our livelihood and our
a simple question. What would fighting like hell for future prod- future.
our community look like without uct allocation just to keep a long-
The CAW has done an
General Motors, Ford / Nemak term presence in Windsor-Essex .
absolutely incredible job in nego-
and Chrysler? DaimlerChrysler is no differ- tiating programs designed to mini-
The headlines and the lead into ent! Restructuring, downsizing mize the impact of unprecedented
that same report described our and cost reductions have taken on job loss. But the facts are, the jobs
economic climate as a Perfect a whole new meaning and are gone. The future of our com-
Storm. I raised, at that time, the Daimler has been celebrating the munities look much different
declining market conditions of the sale of Chrysler to Cerberus (a today than those of the past.
Big Three and the correlation private equity company), where
We cannot survive without
between those conditions and job some of their shareholders are
government intervention. You can
loss. I left little doubt that we describing this transaction as
only put so many bandages on the
were at a crossroad in the most removing the noose from the neck
patient. The treatment to date has
important industry to Canada. of the German company.
been done through collective bar-
People questioned the perfect The jury is still deliberating the gaining and that strategy is just
storm analogy. effects of the sale, but I would be not sustainable.
Citizens questioned my skepti- less than honest and forthright if I
The Union, as a workers’ insti-
cism of the industry. Those same suggested this business transac- tution and voice, has done every-
critics are now beginning to tion was a good thing, moving thing within its arsenal, to defend
understand the perfect storm anal- forward. our members, their families and
ogy. In certain circumstances they The CAW challenged the our communities. We cannot work
are using a similar message when Executive Team of Cerberus, any harder, and to the general
describing the crisis facing the insisting they meet their contrac- public out there who find great
manufacturing sector, and most tual and moral obligations they comfort in blaming our Union and
notably, the auto industry! have to our membership and to its membership for the demise of
Since the Perfect Storm our growing retiree base. the industry, I ask you to wake up
analogy, G e n e r a l M o t o r s and smell the roses before it is too
On the surface, they said the late.
announced the Windsor operation right things but the proof will be
was not awarded the next genera- in their actions. Words are cheap We could work for nothing or,
tion of transmissions, leaving the and we understand that, based on let me be more moderate in my
1500 Local 1973 members with a past experiences. We have no approach. We could take a signifi-
horrible feeling of uncertainties choice but to give them the benefit cant cut in wages, benefits and
and betrayal. of the doubt. It is not like we pensions, but that response sug-
could have stopped the sale or gested by some in our community
Ford/Nemak closed the would not save one single job
Windsor Casting Plant and the even influenced it.
Essex Engine Plant is next, leav- The decision to sell was done . . . cont’d on next page
remain paranoid that our message and adversaries to drive us back.
Reaching is not getting through in some cir-
There is no room for compla-
cles. Therefore, my job is to lead,
higher is not to challenge, and accept the fact
cency and there is an urgent and
desperate need to challenge one
a crime! that we must collectively work
harder to achieve the goals we set
another as we use our collective
strength to advance the causes of
The May 27th Day of Action out for ourselves and our families.
was a success. I do not wish to Sisters and brothers, we are at
undermine the efforts or the par- We do have our share of adver-
war to save our jobs and preserve
ticipation that went into this day saries within our community and
the Manufacturing Sector (auto
of solidarity, camaradeship and within our country. That is not
industry) in Canada. To succeed,
friendship. But, from my perspec- likely to change any time soon.
we are going to need the full sup-
tive we could have done even bet- We must be even more aggressive
port of our members to tackle the
ter. Now, why would I say that in defending our jobs, our wage
many challenges we are forced to
after suggesting earlier the results and benefit packages, because we
endure moving forward.
were tremendous? Let me explain. are under attack like never before.
I believe in my heart of hearts
Reaching higher is not a The Perfect Storm has been
that we are up for the challenge.
upgraded to Tornado Warnings
crime. It is what drives our Local
I believe in my heart of hearts and pretending it will just blow
Union and that culture of repre-
that we can succeed. But make no over would be a disservice to our
sentation has positioned us to be
mistake, it is going to require Union, to our communities and to
one of the most respected Local
growing activism. Any crack in our country! Join with us in
Unions in the country. We should demanding better.!
the armor would allow our critics
accept and respect that well
earned reputation with a sense of
pride that pushes us to do better.
Local 444 CAW, even with its
great turnout, still had too many
no-shows. We could have easily
had 30,000 members participate.
We have 15,000 members includ-
ing retirees in our Local Union.
Now, add our spouses, add our
families and add our neighbours
who also have a stake in enhanc-
ing and preserving manufacturing
jobs in our community. Wow! The
numbers are unbelievable. So
there is room for constructive crit-
icism directed at those who
thought the May 27th Rally was
Executive Director of Hospice, Carol Derbyshire, recognizes the connection
I can appreciate the legitimate between a strong and vibrant economy and its ability to provide the services
no-shows and the expectations of that Hospice has respectfully provided the Windsor-Essex communities.
achieving 100% participation is Organizations like Hospice, the United Way and the Unemployed Help Centre
joined with the ‘Our jobs, Our Communities, Our Future’ Coalition in defense
over-zealous at best. But as the of the Manufacturing Sector and the jobs and taxes this industry provides our
president of this great Union, I region, province and country.
Community Rally a GARY L.
C.A.W. Local 444
Huge Success E-mail:
LL of you who participat- forward for new workers.
and Business to show solidarity
ed i n o u r M a y 2 7 t h for a common cause, to fight for I believe very strongly with all
Community Rally had to jobs for our county and we will be players at the same table, we as a
feel the same as I did that day, holding them accountable. community, can once again be
particularly as the three groups Since that rally there have able to strategize how we can best
came together at the corner of been several things happening. overcome the challenges that lay
Seminole and Drouillard, and that We have been meeting with as before us because there isn’t one
feeling was one of tremendous many different groups as will lis- sector that is oblivious to what is
pride. Our community as a ten to us. The United Way put on happening here in Windsor/Essex
whole, coming together to fight a public forum with our service County.
against the loss of manufacturing agencies to identify barriers and So, it is up to every one of us
jobs and to push, in particular the human needs so we can work to to push as hard as we can on all
Federal government for policies overcome these, which I believe is three levels of government for
that will assist the manufacturing a very important first step. Then, positive changes that will include
industry, not policies that will come August, there has finally us in the boom that is being felt in
destroy it. been an Economic Summit called, other areas of the country by first
As we all saw that day, on which I hope will identify the acknowledging there is a problem.
centre stage, most of our elected need of the employers in our com- So we ask you to contact your
politicians, regardless of their munity in both the short term and elected MP and MPP and munici-
political stripes, from all three long term, that will retain their pal councillor and ask them what
levels of government, standing current workers as well as the they are doing to promote positive
shoulder to shoulder with Labour ability to provide new jobs going change.
Local 444 representatives are seen above participating in the CAW Hour in support of the Easter Seals Telethon. The telethon
itself was a great success and the donors who contributed deserve a message of appreciation and thanks.
New Parts Plants By
Bargaining Update 1st Vice-Pres.
C.A.W. Local 444
n 2005, Big Three bargaining,
bly), have bargained four times, lan-
several Letters of Understand- guage of agreement in place again
ing were signed with the anti- with no monetary offer. This supplier 25 cent increase after a probation
cipation of launching the highest has had its official opening on June period. There are no scheduled bar-
quality Mini-Van in our history. This 15. It will be a three shift, just-in- gaining dates.
letter also guaranteed that Windsor time plant with approximately 100 OAKLEY – builds and sequences
Assembly Plant would be the lead workers. tires and rims. This is a new company
producer of this Mini-Van. The other CLOSURES – This company is on the scene; it is a replacement for
part, – a maximum of 476 Windsor part of the Magna enterprise. It builds CFX who was the original winner of
Assembly Plant jobs would become a and sequences, door mechanisms the tire work. We have not met or
Modular Supplier Group. One of the (window regulator, door locks, speak- given our proposals to this company
conditions is that they must be CAW ers). We met with the company May as yet. We believe this to be a three
members with comparative benefits 9th and handed over our proposals. shift operation with 60 to 80 workers.
in that suppliers industry. The suppli- The company clearly stated that this TRW – builds and sequences
ers would build and schedule, wheel was not the direction that they wanted front and rear suspensions. We have
assemblies, instrument panels, front to travel. They talked about a docu- not met or given our proposals to this
and rear suspensions, front end, and ment being crafted in Toronto that is company. The phone messages I have
door mechanisms. New buildings a “Framework to Fairness”. received are telling me that they are
went up, lines have been installed, paying $12 per hour
This company has told us that this When a Dennis Desrosiers or a
and hopes have been raised for sever- plant is stand alone and will have it’s
al hundred workers that they finally Mayor Francis say unions hinder
own seniority list (no bumping from investment, I question if they really
have a steady job with fair pay and Integram or Innovatech). They have
benefits. know the entire story. These are not
also told us that they expect a no new jobs coming to our city. These
We put together a proposed agree- strike clause for all their plants. This
ment, taking into account that these are jobs that were in WAP. If the
is a three shift operation with approx- union was as inflexible as members
workers would not be getting the imately 200 workers. They are cur-
wages and benefits of the Windsor of the media insist, these new plants
rently being paid $12 per hour with a would not be opening.
We are just a week away from
July 3rd, the first day of the RT build.
Let me tell you where the suppliers
are in terms of labour agreements
with Local 444.
DAKKOTA – builds and
sequences, instrument panels, we
have met four times, language of
agreement is in place but there is no
monetary offer. This supplier has
hired Dan Hillock as Plant Manager
who was a member of the former
Windsor Assembly Plant, for this
three shift 110 worker plant. This
plant has just a three hour just-in-
time window with WAP, currently
paying 12 to 13 dollars per hour. Paul Jacques,Ken Smith, Kevin Beltrano, Laurie O’Neil and Vice President
HBPO – builds and sequences, Tom Lesperance seen above listening to the debate generated through
front end (rad and headlight assem- the CAW Council – the Parliament of the Union.
Retirements / DSEP By
Buy Outs 2nd Vice Pres.
C.A.W. Local 444
s of this writing, 625 pro-
We have a total of 329 members
duction members have signed up for the DSEP (buy-out) will have had a total of 1,040 mem-
retired and this does not program and all have been bers exit the workplace in calendar
include skilled trades. That will approved. As of this report the year 2007. This is not what we
leave 85 production members left to company has released 146 of these want to see as a Union. We would
retire with the vast majority of them members, some were on WSIB, take the jobs without question but
leaving by the end of July. Out of some on S&A and the rest were in these times of uncertainty and
those 85 members, 14 of them are never returning to DCX. That manufacturing job loss, this was
grow-ins; we will do everything we leaves us with 183 DSEP people seen as a way to soften the blow.
can to keep these members as long still working in the plant as of this Since 2001 this Local Union
as we can. report. The company has no plans has lost over 3,000 jobs which
I would like to take this oppor- of releasing them until the RT included the closing of the Pillette
tunity to congratulate all those who launch is over. At that point the Road Plant.
have recently retired and wish all of company will have started the job
you the very best. It was emotional elimination period and as the com-
for most of us down here at the pany cuts jobs they will let people As of this report, 2,200 mem-
Local to see all these members bers have gone through the WOM
leave on DSEP. We suspect most, if
training that is related to the Smart
leaving to start a new page in their not all, will be gone by the end of
Manufacturing. For those of you
lives. These same brothers and sis- September. who don’t know what WOM stands
ters were the members who first To sum it all up, as of this for let me explain, “Workplace
elected us 20 years ago to represent report we have had 771 members Organization Module”.
them as their in-plant steward. exit the workplace, either on retire- The vast majority of these mem-
Thanks for your many years of sup- ment or DSEP. There are 268 peo- bers have been from T/C/F and
port and dedication to this Union. ple still left to be released by the Paint. The Body shop members will
Good luck my friends. company. By the end of the year we . . . cont’d on next page
process at the
not be solved at the bargaining President of the consulting firm
Rick Laporte Report table; this is an issue that has huge said,”GM Oshawa historically has
ramifications in the United States. had one of the best workforces of
. . . cont’d We can also expect to see things any assembly plant in the industry
like the transportation department and the data proves it”.
be scheduled at a later date. If you being discussed along with a num- Other Canadian plants that
have not been scheduled to go to ber of issues related to outsourcing ranked among the top performers
classes, please tell your supervisor. of work. You can rest assured what were CAMI Automotive in
happens there will be coming to Ingersoll, Ontario, DaimlerChrysler
Bargaining Set to Begin
your bargaining table in 2008. We Minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario
will be watching closely over the and Honda in Alliston, Ontario.
The UAW and the Big Three are next few months to see what devel- Although the Oshawa plant was
preparing for negotiations set to ops out of these negotiations. A
begin in early July. We are already number one in efficiency it is still
strike by any of the Big Three
starting to read about upcoming being considered for closure next
would be devastating to that partic-
bargaining with the Big Three and year. CAW Local 222 continues to
ular company, so I’m not sure how
the talk is about how much the much they want to push back. work hard in an effort to have a
Oshawa’s GM plant
UAW is prepared to give up. The new product announcement for this
Big Three will seek to close a plant. Workers deserve to be
labour cost gap with foreign owned rewarded in the form of a new
auto plants referred to as trans- The annual Harbour Report pub- product.
plants. Average all in hourly cost lished by Harbour Consulting of The obvious message is clearly
for a Big Three worker is $75.86 Troy, Mich. was released at the underlined no matter how good you
U.S., average all-in cost at a trans- beginning of June. Two General are, you are not good enough. No
plant is $44.00 U.S. Motors plants located in Oshawa, matter how many hoops we jump
Health care cost is a big factor Ontario are again ranked one and through, the threat of plant closure
in driving these wages up. The two as the most efficient plants in still remains an option for the com-
UAW is already considering giving North America. pany. The good news is the gap
the same retiree health care conces- Again several Canadian assem-
between the Big Three and the
sions to Chrysler that it already bly plants lead the way in their seg-
Japan based companies has nar-
gave to GM and Ford. This is a big ments in efficiency, four ranked
among the top ten. Ron Harbour, rowed dramatically in just four
issue in the U.S. and one that will years. The difference is now down
to two hours compared to twelve
hours in 2002. All the automotive
companies are constantly changing,
so you are really never finished
improving on things. This is the
ever changing times of an automo-
tive industry and our future within
May 27th Rally
I would like to take this time to
congratulate all those who worked
so hard to make this day a success.
I also want to thank all those who
took the time out to come down and
take part in the rally. I believe
together we got the message out, it
was reported in every major news-
paper across the Country. It is only
the beginning; we need to keep the
CAW Skilled Trade representatives representing Local 444 and Local 1285 are momentum going in order to make
seen above actively participating in the annual technology conference held in a difference. See you at the next
Port Elgin. one.
CASINO REPORT PAM
3rd Vice Pres.
CAW Local 444
Our Jobs! Our Communities! firstname.lastname@example.org
want to personally thank all Workers Union would be a mistake.
down solely due to the ban on
those who participated in the smoking, or whether it was a com- He stated, “A union comes between
rally which was held on bination of that, the perceived bor- the employer, which is me, and
Sunday, May 27th, over the loss of der issues, and of course, the you. It complicates our relation-
manufacturing jobs. With a turnout Canadian dollar which is at an all ship, our future as a family which is
of approximately 38,000 people, it time high. These things definitely based on us being together.”
clearly showed that there is concern have had an impact on us. Even One day, after a vast majority of
in Windsor and Essex County. still, we remain optimistic with the its casino dealing force cast ballots
I do not believe that there is a introduction of the new Total in favour of union representation,
person out there who can say that Rewards Program. We are confi- Wynn Las Vegas Executives
they do not know someone who has dent we will be one step ahead of seemed resigned to negotiate a col-
been affected by a layoff or have our competition, – MGM, Motor lective agreement with the
lost their job due to the downside in City and Greektown Casinos. And Transport Workers Union, that will
the automotive industry. And one like I have always said, our cus- speak for the workers.
certainly cannot believe that it is tomer service is second to none. Frank McCann Jr., who directed
not having an impact on our indus- the organizing drive for the union,
try which is the hospitality and Update on Wynn said the property’s roughly 700
gaming industry. In the past, I have written arti- dealers expect to see the Casino
As Ken has said at many mem- cles in regard to the Wynn Las eliminate the tip pooling program
bership meetings, “Can you just Vegas Casino, and how they imple- that led to the union vote. In addi-
imagine what this city would be mented a policy to force the dealers tion, McCann said dealers want to
like without Chrysler, Ford and to share their tips with their super- have the right to divide their own
General Motors?” and, remember, visors and managers. The dealers tips and want job security initia-
for every job lost at the Big Three, were outraged and rightfully so. tives. At the Wynn Las Vegas,
there are seven spinoff jobs that are The dealers at Wynn Las Vegas another 4,000 workers are union-
affected as well. voted by almost a 3 to 1 margin in ized with the Culinary Union,
As for us, our patron count is favour of union representation, Local 226.
down, our revenue is down. despite an impassioned eleventh I wish them luck in the bargain-
Considering this, the Union has hour plea by the company chairman ing process, and no one said it bet-
worked hard to keep layoffs at a Steve Wynn, who told his workers ter than a statement that was made
minimum. In areas where a reduc- on the eve of the election, it had by Chairman Terry Lanni from the
tion of staff was necessary, many made a mistake to implement a MGM Mirage, who was quoted as
employees opted to take a buyout controversial change in the tip pool- saying, “While we have stated as
and leave the Casino, thus reducing ing program that led to the employ- much publicly and have been quot-
the number of layoffs that would ee unrest, (yet he did not retract the ed in press reports, I want to make
have occurred. policy)! the position of MGM Mirage on
It has been a year since the The overwhelming majority vote this topic, clear and unequivocal,
smoking ban was initiated, and not for union representation came Dealers’ tips are their income. The
long ago, the question was asked on despite the personal appeal from money they earn belongs to them.
the radio, “Has this had an impact Wynn, who asked the dealers not to Our company will not implement
on Casino Windsor?” The Casino’s bring in an outside organization as any type of tip sharing program at
response was that it was hard to their representative. He told dealers any of our resorts. This commit-
determine whether business was that representation by the Transport
. . . cont’d on next page
working days without satisfactory will verify with the doctor the origi-
reason.” You may be terminated. nal note and . . . you will be termi-
CASINO REPOR T nated.
If you CONSUME or TAKE
. . . cont’d These are just a few examples
anything, which is Casino Windsor
property, . . you will be terminated. of some of the things that we see
ment extends to all our casinos and If you change or alter anything our members being terminated for,
will be policy at the City Center on a doctor’s note, the company so please, keen them in mind.
when it opens in 2009.”
This tip pooling program has
not found its way into any other
casinos in Vegas, (nor will it ever at
At the time of this writing, we
have one arbitration case which is
ongoing, and we will be waiting for
a decision on another. For the first
time in ages, there are no new cases
However, there are still many
terminations that are occurring on a
weekly basis. Even though we have
seen a decline in those numbers
compared to previous years, it’s far Our Shining Chef – I want to thank Don Kumara-singhe, one of our
from being what we’d like to see. Chef de Partie who, once again displayed his talents at the Wellness Fair
Based on some of reasons we held here at the Local on May 16th. I know he was asked by many for his
have seen in terminations, keep this recipes! So, once again Don, thank you, – You did us proud!
in mind. . .
For instance: A person who calls
in sick June 1st, 2nd, 3rd and sees LABOURERS SETTLE . . .
the doctor on June 4th and gets a
Local 444 CAW has been Service and Tourist Industry are
note stating “Unfit for work, June advised by the Labourers experiencing a significant decline
1st to 4th” . . . this note will not be International Union that they in business and revenue. It is not
accepted. have reached a tentative agree- a coincidence that our customer
If you decide to walk down to ment with their employers fol- base located in the state of
the river, go to your car across the lowing a two and a half week Michigan is feeling the squeeze
street, go to the store down the strike. Local 444 extends con- as their unemployment levels are
street, or walk over to ‘Timmy’s’ gratulations to the striking mem- comparable to the communities
without permission of a supervisor, bers for bargaining a resolve to of Windsor/Essex.
you may be terminated for leaving the impasse and we are now anx- The job losses in the manufac-
the premises without permission. ious to see the work on the new turing sector is also impacting
If you are on a medical leave of Casino Site get started in full this important industry to our
absence and are to return on a cer- again. region adding to the perfect
tain date and you do not, nor do The long term job security of storm analogy.
you provide any information to the our members is reliant on the Chairperson Charie Virga and
company, you may be terminated expansion and the added enter- the Workplace Representatives
tainment opportunities that will have done a credible job in mini-
under Article 9, no. 3 – “If an
be available to the customers. So mizing the layoffs, recognizing
employee overstays a leave of
we are relieved they are back on that the changes to scheduling
absence, or remains away from track. work has not been pain free.
work without permission for a peri- The Gaming, Hospitality, –KEN LEWENZA
od of more than three consecutive
agreed and rotation is on hold tem-
W indsor By
porarily until after the launch of
R/T. This will allow time to resolve
the many issues we have raised.
If you work in assembly, you
have noticed that there has been a
lot of change. We have not had
investment like this since 1995
when assembly was gutted for the
n behalf of the representa- can see, team concept is not new to
O tives and Plant Committee, I
would like to welcome
everyone back to work.
Since the plant has been down
for R/T tooling and prep, the com-
launch of N/S. The leadership made
it clear to the company that they
needed to commit to the member-
ship to be successful. The condition
pany has sent approximately 2,200 in regards to assembly were
Smart Manufacturing people through Smart Training deplorable and needed to be
Workplace Organizational Model Management and Union. Schedules addressed.
(W.O.M.) for the remaining workforce are
The funding was secured and the
These are the three definitions being developed. The company’s
expectations are to have team lead- transformation of assembly began
the company uses to describe team when the plant went down for R/T/
concept. With the plant moving into ers in place for team members.
team concept, my shop reports will As far as absentee, SPA, and
mainly deal with Smart Manufac- NTC goes, the structure we have in They must also change the cul-
turing teams. place stays the same. Other facili- ture of management and live up to
ties were not able to maintain their the commitments made in regards
While the plant was down in
preparation for R/T/ launch, a lot of structure and new practices were to listening and allowing worker
changes have taken place. The dri- introduced. input. We also must change and
ving force that has brought about Rotation is another issue that adapt to the times we are in with
the change is the crisis we are expe- generated lots of discussion. We the goal of long term viability. The
riencing in the North American were able to convince the company leadership has made the decision to
automotive industry and I think we that you can not just introduce rota- not stick their heads in the sand and
can all agree that there is a crisis. tion, – you need to study it and ignore the problems in our industry.
The company made the decision come up with solutions to the prob- We will shape this new program
they had to change to deal with the lems that will arise. The company . . . cont’d on next page
industry and compete.
In 2005 bargaining, the compa-
ny was adamant, Smart Manufac-
turing had to be part of the recovery
plan. This is what has brought us
to where we are today. Team con-
cept is not new to Windsor
Assembly. Our first experience was
C.O.S. The production leaders were
established under team concept in
the pilot area 9370 and functioned
for about ten years.
This program stopped in its
track when the people who were
driving team concept left the com-
pany. Leaders were left in place and
the rest of the program was
dropped. We also presently have
teams functioning in Paint on the Chairperson Dave Larue is seen welcoming the members back to work as
Sealer Line and have been function- they prepare the launch and the build of the redesigned Chrysler Town
ing for two years now. So, as you and Country Minivan.
. . . cont’d
and make it fit the needs of our
The industry is driving the
change and there is no stopping it.
We all need to make sure Windsor
Assembly is here for the next gen-
eration of auto workers. The leader-
District 2 Committeeperson Dino Chiodo seen above engaging the membership
ship is committed to protecting the on the significant changes made in the Windsor Assembly Plant where Smart
interest of you, the membership, as Manufacturing will be introduced to the assembly and build of vehicles.
we move to the future.
Over the last few months, there
has been a large amount of move-
ment in regards to retirements and
807s. This has required thousands
of posting moves and work is ongo-
ing. Our goal is to complete all
movement as soon as possible.
I would like to recognize the pre-
sentatives for the incredible amount
of work it took to pull something
like this off.
In closing, I would ask the
membership to please give gener-
Local 444 member Frank Giles addresses the General Membership emphasizing
ously to the United Way when you his next Community Awareness event titled “Camping with Compassion” where
are canvassed over the next few both him and his brother Ron hope to inspire and encourage the members to par-
weeks. Your generous donation is ticipate in the Bone Marrow Registry. The event is scheduled for July 13, 14 and
appreciated by those less fortunate. 15 and it is open to the members and their families. Further information can be
found at www.frankgiles.com
CAMP 4 COMPASSION
708 County Rd. 34 – July 13, 14, 15, 2007
Better World Today Association is hosting a Burrows, Meaghan Agosta, Mayor John Adams,
free camping weekend. Bringing awareness to the and many more special guests. Free admission. All
Bone Marrow Registry to fulfill a dream that no guests must register and be self contained. For
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the hearts of people in two nations. Enjoy volley-
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to the complexity of the new tech-
nology. The robots which were
damaging the metal have been re-
TRADES Skilled Trades
taught and quality is improving
steadily. Thanks to the augmenta-
REPOR T E-mail:
tion of electricians from the Paint
and TCF divisions, the existing
lines, which received new “kits” to
upgrade to the new RT metal, are
n behalf of the Skilled Divisions are moving vehicles making great progress with quality
O Trades Committee, I would
like to welcome back those
returning from vacation and hope
through conveyor T7 (column
83G). The relocation of the pedal
push area equipment north and the
improving to scheduled levels.
The training department contin-
ues to work diligently to co-ordi-
you had a safe and well earned rest. corresponding installation of com- nate training for all trades, to meet
To those still awaiting their vaca- plete new ergo arms and new tool- the needs of the new technology
tion period, I would like to thank ing, have created slight problems coming with the new equipment.
you for your efforts in making this for production operations.
This includes the new “ARC Flash
launch a successful transition to the Adjustments are being made as training for our electricians, to
new RT Minivan. the operators work with the new comply with the new safety regula-
Although the initial launch win- technology to lessen the learning tions being introduced.
dow was reduced from six weeks to curve.
four, we are on schedule in the As we are all aware, production
The KUKA system reports no will be implementing a new
majority of the areas in all divi- major difficulties and ready for pro-
sions, with the usual debugging and “SMART” or “Work Organizational
duction. Although two of the initial Model (WOM)” manufacturing
settling in adjustments required. jobs through the new glass cell pre-
Our work was performed to our system involving a team approach
sented some technical hitches, the
customary high standards and no and the introduction of “team lead-
third ran through in full automatic
critical injuries were reported by ers.” The trades will also be part of
mode. TCF is holding these vehi-
our members. I would like to begin this new system and we will be
cles to ensure all problems are rec-
this report with an update on the tified. receiving similar “SMART
status, as of this writing, on the Manufacturing” training.
launch per division. The Body Shop represents the
greatest change in technology and These team leaders will be call-
The Paint division is fired up automation systems in the plant. ing the trades directly to support
and ready for vehicles. The Pre- BIW management reports progress their issues on the plant floor, and
Start Health and Safety Reviews in all areas and they are on sched- the trades will be visiting the new
(PSRs) from the professional engi- ule to ship cars to paint. Quality is “problem boards” throughout the
neers, as required by the Ministry improving with each vehicle assem- plant to proactively address prob-
of Labour have been received on bled, as the initial ten minute repair lems.
ninety percent of all the equipment. time registered at the inspection
The beneficial buyoffs of conveyor Plant management has informed
area in the north body shop is being
systems in the new paint shop are dramatically reduced with each us this system will be implemented
close to one hundred percent, shift. on schedule and all areas will com-
meaning we can now take “owner- ply.
ship” for these systems from the Currently, the most problematic
areas are the new Net Form and Once again, thank you for your
vendors. The powder system con-
Pierce, due to the change to a continued efforts to ensure we have
veyor still presents some issues
robotic system from a hydraulic a successful launch and another
which may require additional debug
as vehicles are shipped from the system, the EMS lines, due to the high quality product for our cus-
body shop. size and redesign of the aperture tomers.
systems, and the Pallet system due Yours in Solidarity!
The Trim, Chassis and Final Car
July 19th when their recall right to
their positions expire. The company
has refused to replace a maternity
leave and the number of medical
leaves in the department. Resorts is
filling these leaves with cashiers
and a supervisor is relieving on
midnights on occasion.
TABLE GAMES machine to leave a message on, but LAUNDRY
The Company has introduced a this did not give you a confirmation Our laundry attendants have
new variation of Hold’em Poker number causing some concern. been in training for two weeks for
last week. The union’s view is, this Rob Bratt, our Steward in Zone the new machine that will service
should fall under Article 23 of the 4 has decided to resign and leave both hotels. It will be operational as
Casino Windsor. Nominations for this of July 1st.
Collective Agreement and not be
lumped in with Pai Gow dealers position are on June 27/07 and the
and the ever-ending numbers of elections are the 12th of July.
games under this umbrella. Article Starting in September, we will
23 states: “In the event that a Poker be having meetings to try and put
Room is introduced, the games of The new restaurant opened last together our proposal for our new
Hold’em Poker, 7 card stud, Hi Lo week and has been a great success. collective agreement which will
Our patrons gave it great reviews. expire next April.
and all variation of this type of
poker will be considered a separate We have had issues in there regard-
game.” If the Company wants our ing our lieu and commitment allot-
Pai Gow dealers to deal this, they ments. Hopefully, this will be We are holding a golf tourna-
should be paying the extra twenty resolved as of this printing. ment on July 18th at Lakewood
five cents. We are also meeting to Golf Course. All proceeds will be
try and get our laid off dealers back going to our in-house campaign.
to work. There are holes in the Grievance was filed to try to get On June 21-22, we held a snow
schedules which our dealers are our part time resort cashiers cone day to raise money for our
telling us is causing them to close recalled to full time status before campaign.
tables or offer overtime.
With the new Total Rewards
Program, we have seen long delays
and a very high call volume taking
place. Our Reservations Clerk has
done a great job trying to keep up.
In saying this, the sick call line
which the Company decided should
be the lowest priority in the queue
saw our members having to wait up
to two hours to get through. This of
course affects our customer service
when the department doesn’t know
someone is not coming in, they can
not call someone in to replace them
Local 444 CAW Casino Representatives led by Chairperson Charie Virga seen
and also frustrates our member who
above, discussing worker related issues with Jean Major, CEO of the Alcohol
is ill, waiting on hold for two hours. and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Mr. Major emphasized over and over
The Company is looking at that the Gaming Industry is highly regulated and the question of trust, hon-
ways to improve this. At one point esty and integrity are the three pillars that guide the regulatory and operating
they installed an answering requirements of all Ontario Casinos.
JOHNSON CONTROLS By
lant population is 87 mem- Johnson
numbers get a little more stable and Controls
bers working including recalls take place.
Skilled Trades with 72 on The one time shift-pick stands
layoff. There have been several and will not be completed again.
resignations due to members find- The shift you chose is the shift you shall have the right to more than
ing alternative employment in the will be on if your seniority allows one such refusal. Further, such
new supplier plants. it. Anyone interested in transfer- members will remain on layoff and
On May 21st, an indefinite lay- ring shifts will have to do it by shift will be governed by all appropriate
off began for 80 members. This switches or future job postings. contract provisions.
drastic reduction in the workforce There will be no recalls until In addition to this section, mem-
is a result of a loss of part of the production gets up to speed. The bers should know that they willl be
headliner business. No new busi- company anticipates starting some placed at the bottom of the recall
ness has been secured at JCI but recalls after summer shutdown. list in the event that recall is
that is not to say that the company Members who have found other refused.
is not looking at fully utilizing the employment should refer to the
facility in Lakeshore. Collective Agreement or call the Cost of Living Allowance
Eighteen members were trained union office for clarification on any We will see an adjustment
on the new RT line the weeks of of your questions regarding layoff, increase of $0.34 on July 1st, bring-
June 11th and 18th. These mem- recall rights, severance or any other ing our C.O.L.A. to $0.64.
bers did a great job of learning the issue.
new process and contributing ideas I’d like to recognize and thank
to have a seamless transition to the Article 11 – Layoff & Recall all of the members at JCI who came
new system. Skilled Trades have out for the May 27th Community
Recall from Layoff Rally. Our members know how
had no time off and have done
Members who are recalled after important our jobs are to our com-
extensive work to get ready for the
having been on layoff for ten (10) munity and this was evident by the
RT. These members worked under
consecutive work days may refuse excellent participation of our mem-
extreme pressure and timelines and
if they are working as a full time bers.
pulled it all together.
employee for another company and Lastly, on behalf of the commit-
Issues will arise on the new line can document such in writing with-
as our members begin to learn all of tee and members at JCI, I’d like to
in three days of the date they are to wish everyone a safe and happy
the jobs. Some ergonomic issues return to work for JCI. No member
RECOGNITION and APPRECIATION
have already been addressed and summer!
the company is committed to mak-
ing improvements as we move
along. If you have any concerns,
please report it to one of the repre- The Local 444 CAW legacy of representation is very
sentatives. If you report an issue to Executive Board and Retirees’ much entrenched in the founda-
a supervisor, please follow up with Chapter would like to recognize tion of our Union.
your shift rep or myself.
and thank Bill Percy, Roy Leng We would also like to extend
On June 25th members are back
to work on all three shifts. and Allan Holmes because, our best wishes to Roy Leng who
Everyone will be trained on the between the three of them, they recently went through a triple
new work and required to run have served our retired workers bypass operation and is recover-
“real” parts. Trainers will be split for well over fifty years as ing comfortably at home with
over the three shifts and remain on Executive Members. his lovely wife Mary.
those shifts for several weeks to Their longevity and commit-
complete the RT training. There With respect and friendship,
will be movement between the ment in serving our members is
three shifts until our production respected and appreciated. Their
INTEGR A M REPORT PAUL
t the writing of this report bers to be in and getting their own
plant population is 280 areas organized. We continue to
with 338 members on lay- work on issues in a progressive and sequence seats just in time
off. The plant is in launch mode. manner and understand a launch from foam to Assembly.
can be incredibly stressful, espe- The company has approached us
cially with the present condition of again about trying to stagnate crews
The dramatic increase in stock the industry. on lines and we are resisting as
volume is proving to be incredibly We remind management to always with logical arguments. This
challenging, however, we will see remain calm and communicate pro- happens as DCX is now moving
an increase in material handlers fessionally because we all know toward more rotation, we know
which is a good thing. The launch what is at stake. We pay our bills rotation is healthier and gives
is without question, the most com- from this facility as well, and want everyone a chance to learn more
plex we have seen at Integram and to succeed so we can continue to skills. We can as always achieve
the members are rising to the chal- provide for our families. world class standards in the seating
lenge day in and day out. The child industry because we always have.
seat volumes are increasing which
at present will add, up to six new Foam continues to supply the
jobs to be posted full time when CAMI operation with quality and The recent demonstration was
everyone returns. just-in-time product during the outstanding and I want to thank all
The members have been able to downtime at DCX, all while prepar- who were involved and all who
have great input and help with job ing and training for the RT launch. showed up to voice our opinions
station layout and develop our own Great job everyone! and try to save manufacturing jobs
work stations so we can achieve a We as a Union for about one in this nation. It has been said that
healthier work environment with year, have been asking Tim if the tide does not turn that the
the help of the ergo reps. The new Hossack to bring back the skinning next generation in Canada may be
general manager has made Fives a jobs from On-Sort. At present a the first generation not to enjoy a
huge part of the launch due to limit- three month trial will occur and if better standard of living.
ed floor space. an economic case is sound we will We as workers and Canadians
This has enabled many mem- see 12 fulltime jobs posted to kit must continue to push on until
unfair trade policies are abolished
or we must elect a new party to leg-
islate change. Talk to everyone you
are related to. This is not just about
our jobs and future, this about our
I urge everyone to attend meet-
ings and come to the 444 picnic.
We will inform everyone of
upcoming meetings to elect an
Election Committee as well as get-
ting together before bargaining.
Everyone have safe and healthy
holidays and spend some quality
time with family. Then, let’s return,
knowing we must face all these
President Ken Lewenza seen above having a plenary session with challenges together to forge a better
students from St. Clair College studying Human Resources. future.
Plant Population low seniority.Luckily at this point
Integram was able to absorb every- moved on to Windsor modules (clo-
Plant population as of this writ-
one due to the RT launch. sures). I would like to wish those
ing is 10 working and 108 on lay-
The Fives committee was in members the best in their new
during the shutdown to relocate endeavours.
PRODUCTION parts and adjust all work stations to Bargaining
Effective July 9th, there will be accommodate the operators,and I anticipate bargaining will start
one full shift of production for the make the jobs as easy as possible. up sometime in September. Sheets
week.Upon return after the sched- The company has agreed to do a will be handed out to all members
uled vacation period on July 30th complete ergonomics study of the to prioritize the needs and wants of
Innovatech's production will be at new stations sometime after we the membership as our current col-
the one in five mix which equates return from shutdown. If time stud- lective agreement expires on
to approximateley 285 seat sets ies need to be done on any area that November 7th .
daily. With the reduction of produc- has changed, we can arrange them
tion from one in four to one in five as well. Food drive
The food drive that was held the
membership at Innovatech declined CLOSURES last week of April went exception-
by 22. We had five members post We had four members who left
over to Integram and reduced 17 by ally well. We managed to raise over
our Magna Seating Division and $800.00 and over 3,000 items
between the parts plants for the
Unemployed Help Center. As
always, I want to thank everyone
who participated and helped with
this annual event. I also want to
thank all the members of
Innovatech who came out to the
Community Rally and showed their
support on May 27th for our com-
munity, our future, and our chil-
Annual family picnic
Our Jobs, Our Communities, Our Future Coalition, grew from 15 to 20 The annual 444 Family Picnic
participants to well over one hundred in one month! will be held at Mic-Mac Park on
Sunday, July 29th from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. and wrist bands will be avail-
able at a cost of $5.00 per family.
Contact your in plant reps if you
require the wrist bands.
We are currently looking for
volunteers to help out at the picnic
for a few hours. If interested, see
your in-plant rep.
In closing, I want to wish the
membership a safe and healthful
programs in our community.
By Here are the Winners:
LOVRIC Pat Dubois & Matt Zerbin
Chairperson Laurie Grondin & Ray Rodgers
Tom Bowes & Chic Thompson
Kathryn Macrow & Melody Mifflin
444 TEXAS HOLD’EM BROOKS GOLF Guests
POKER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT Frank Bauer & Ivan Bauer
We had a very successful Phil Brown, winner of
The weather was perfect for our
Nike Sumo Square Driver
tournament which was held on 30th anniversary of this event in
Sunday, April 22nd with 105 poker Longest Most Accurate Drive
honouring our founding president
#1 Hole – Tony Greco
players. Of the participants, almost of Local 444, Charles Brooks. #10 Hole – Danny Courtland
half of them rebought back in to Five hundred and eight golfers Closest to Pin
give it another shot to be one of the attempted to be “Tiger Woods” as a #4 – Todd Laliberte
“Lucky One’s”, for the top 24 twosome. There is no other tourna- #8 – Matt Zerbin
money positions. We can’t begin to ment this big, in this region. Many #13 – Gerry Andrade
thank enough, the volunteers who volunteers are needed to make this #16 – Bob Friend
made this day an enjoyable one for happen and they all should be
everyone. Look for the next tourna- appreciated for volunteering their CAW MOTORCYCLE
ment to be held in the fall. time for the weekend. POKER RUN
The top 5 “Lucky” winners We ask our members to remem- On Sunday, June 24th, the
were: ber those who help us by promoting weather was perfect for an open air
1st – Richard Miljan and patronizing our sponsors’ prod- ride. Over 75 bikes and their pas-
2nd – Gabriel Eftimescu ucts and/or services whenever pos- sengers had a great time. The ride
3rd – Mike Veldhuizen sible. It’s these sponsors who create took about four hours to complete
4th – Brenda Couch enough revenue to help Sports Club which started at the Local 444
5th – Robert Chauvin 444 to continue to assist our youth parking lot. They toured around
Windsor-Essex County until they
ended back at Fogular Furlan Club.
During the ride, there were four
stops (Spooter’s, Fat Pat’s, Meadows
by the Lake and Shooter’s) where
the riders received stamps and dis-
counts on food and drinks. At the
end of the day, each participant
received five cards which made up
their poker hand and the winner for
the best hand was Paul Laporte;
2nd best hand was Dale Laporte
and the worst hand was Christine
Also, congratulations to all of
the winners of the Show and Shine
Thanks to Dino Chiodo, event
co-ordinator, and the volunteers in
Recreation Chairperson Mike Lovric and President Ken Lewenza are seen
above congratulating the winners of the annual Charlie Brooks Memorial
making this a successful event.
Golf Tournament. Looking forward to next year.
Write this date on your calendar,
Sunday, July 29th. This is our
Annual Family Picnic Day at Mic
Mac Park where you can spend
some time with your family on
rides, in the pool or just enjoying
the day at the park.
The cost to our members is only
$5.00 per family. Family means
members living in the same house-
hold, usually an average of 2 to 4
children plus parents. Proof of
additional family members may be
required. Members requesting addi- Pinnacle Chrysler is represented by CAW Unionized Salesperson Rick
tional wristbands can purchase McKinney at the Annual Charlie Brooks Tournament. Pinnacle Chrysler is a
major sponsor of the event and they have worked in partnership with Local
them for $3.00. You must purchase 444 on several worthwhile Community initiatives. Local 444 CAW members
wristbands in advance. No wrist- are encouraged to buy vehicles from the only fully unionized car dealership in
bands will be available at the park. Windsor/Essex.
Please take note: when pur-
chasing children’s wristbands, there
are three different age groups (0-3,
Marineland & African Lion Safari
4-7, 8-12) and these age groups will New this year: the Recreation the Hall is closed for the weeks of
be specified on the wristbands. Committee is offering discounted July 16th and July 23rd.
tickets for Marineland and Tickets are good for any day
Wristbands go on sale Monday, African Lion Safari. These are
July 9th at the Casino, Integram until October and you can save
both excellent family outings. from $5 to $11 on each ticket.
and Windsor Assembly Plant. All
other workplaces can purchase their Tickets can be purchased at our Watch your Union bulletin
wristbands through their Chairper- Local 444 Hall on 1855 Turner boards for more details on these
son from July 3rd to July 9th. Final Rd. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., events and others or visit our
sales will be at Local 444 (1855 Monday to Friday. Take note that website: www.local444.caw.ca
Turner Rd) on Thursday, July 26th
and Friday, July 27th from 8 am to
We need volunteers! – It takes
over 150 volunteers to make this
event a success. For anyone who is
interested, or if you know someone
who is, contact your Union
Local 444 Recreation Committee sponsored the above Motorcycle Poker Run
which drew 75 participants. This event is growing in popularity as the
Recreation Committee adds new events to its arsenal of activities.
Daniel (right), the great-grandson of the legendary, Brooks Memorial Golf Tournament. His project covered
founding President of Local 444, Charlie Brooks, is joined the life story of Charlie and as a result of his efforts, he
by the Brooks family where he proudly displayed his was recognized and given an award by the Ontario
Grade 8 history project at the 30th Annual Charles Genealogy Society.
President Ken Lewenza
acknowledges the family of
his predecessor Larry Bauer,
during the 30th Annual
Charlie Brooks Golf
Tournament. From left to
right, sons Frank & Ivan, wife
Peggy and son-in-law Tom.
Larry Bauer made a tremen-
dous contribution to Local
444 and his memory lives on
in the life and times
of the CAW.
CAW founding president and
former CLC president Bob
White is seen with
former Sec.-Treas. Bob
Nickerson, retired staff repre-
sentatives Al Seymour and
Earl Dugal, participating in
the 30th Annual Charlie
Brooks Golf Tournament.
Bob White, a legendary and
visionary leader himself, has
always spoken highly of Local
444 CAW, recognizing the
leadership of Brooks,
LaSorda, Gerard and Bauer,
has been extraordinary.
ANNUAL at MIC-MAC PARK
Prince Rd. - Windsor, Ont.
Pool • Rides • Prizes • Pop
Hot Dogs • Entertainment
All Local 444 Members,
DaimlerChrysler, Casino Windsor, TransAlta Energy,
Integram Seating, Innovatech, Benteler Automotive,
Sunday, July 29 – 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, July 29 – 10 am to 4 pm
Johnson Controls Inc., Presteve and
All-Temp Foods Workers and their Families
# The cost is $5.00 PER FAMILY
A D VA N C E W R I S T B A N D S A L E S (Family means members living
in the same household).
Time, Dates and Location of Wrist Band Sales are as follows:
Proof of additional family
Location members may be required.
(Example: members covered
WINDSOR ASSEMBLY – Monday, July 9th, 2007 under your Green Shield card
Middle Cafeteria 11:00 pm - 6:30 am 7:00 am - 2:30 pm 3:00 pm-10:30 pm are no charge.)
WINDSOR CASINO – Monday, July 9th, 2007 # Members requesting
Staff Cafeteria 12:01 am - 8:00 am 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 4:00 pm-12:00 pm
additional wrist bands can
INTEGRAM SEATING – Monday, July 9th, 2007 purchase them for $3.00 ea.
Assembly Cafeteria 5:00 am - 1:30 pm 5:00 pm - 1:30 am
# You must purchase a wrist
band to be eligible to
For the following workplaces: participate in all the activities
Contact your Unit
and free giveaways.
BENTELER AUTOMOTIVE Advanced Sales from
# Each family ticket purchase
will entitle you to our
JOHNSON CONTROLS July 3/07 to July 9/07 membership draw.
UNION LABEL 962-M
FINAL SALES – Thursday & Friday, July 26th-27th, 2007
Local 444 Hall, 1855 Turner Rd. – from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
NO WRIST BANDS SOLD THE DAY OF THE PICNIC
the CAW are still working endless-
By ly to find a new product to put in
KEN our Windsor plant when the
HOWARD Pacifica build is complete in 2010.
Plant Benteler is moving their prototype
build shop from Auburn hills to the
howard @benteler.com Windsor plant. This will help keep
a few employees from layoff.
Plant population Local 444’s Annual Picnic is
Plant population as of July 3rd like to thank all those who have July 29th. Wrist bands can be pur-
will be 51 active employees. shown their support on the day of chased in the plant union office at
Benteler will only be running a one the Community Rally. This was a $5.00 per Family. Additional wrist
shift operation during the hours of bands are $3.00 ea. Bring your fam-
great success, thanks to each and
6.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Benteler ily and friends out and have a great
everyone of you who took the time.
will have two employees on the day.
As of this report Benteler and
afternoon shift working out of the
Benteler has made some major
changes to the front line. There are
new lift assists that have been
installed at the end of the Front and
the new workstation to assist
employees with the installation of
the new Rotors and Calipers. This
will help in the prevention of any
ERGO issues pertaining to the
weight of the components.
Benteler had their plant-wide
job posting just before the layoff. It
went very well with very few
changes. There are a few employ-
ees who will need to learn new
Matt Vince, employed at Benteler Automotive, addresses the media in articu-
jobs. Benteler has called approxi- lating how the crisis in the Manufacturing Sector of the economy is affecting
mately 18 employees back to work young people, as good paying jobs are being eroded and totally wiped out in
on June 25/07. This will allow the some regions of the country. Matt challenged the Federal government to
stand up and be counted in representing the interest of Canadians.
employees one week to learn the
new jobs on the front line due to the
changes to the front axle build.
DCX is going to pull 280 parts
daily from Benteler. The employ-
ees will be working with a tag
relief program, to optimize produc-
tion during what would have been
two 15 minute breaks increasing
day totals by 40 pcs. The half hour
lunch will not be included with the
tag relief program.
I am glad to report very few
issues with E.I. during the last CAW Chrysler Health and Safety National Co-ordinator, Larry Tremblay, is joined
round of layoffs. with his family as he accepts the Annual Clifton Grant Recognition Award for his
tireless efforts in advocating the rights of workers to work in a safe and healthy
On behalf of Local 444, I would work environment. Local 444 CAW salutes and congratulates Larry!
scrutiny of all incidents is the driver
By RICK to these changes and put in place to
TR A N S A LTA LALONDE
increase the level of safety on these
Until the ratings are complete
RE P O RT E-mail:
email@example.com the cogeneration plant falls under
only one rating, while the Chrysler
site has two. These ratings have so
far and will continue to make for
Plant Population to co-ordinate work on the long changes in procedures, precautions
Plant population is at 19, we punch list to address any deficien- and PPE, even for the simple task
have no one on layoff and junior cies, (one that operations performs many
employee has probationary status. At the brink of the launch, times daily) for such things as issu-
Internal company postings are up Management has yet to give us any ing work clearances and lockouts
for a millwright opening at month indication on a plan to cover the that now will require fire resistant
end before posting outside, as one additional responsibilities and the work wear, safety visor, insulating
mechanic leaves us to take position training. The hold up stems from gloves, flash resistant covering as
at the new Calpine plant in Sarnia. lack of an operating agreement in well as a trained stand by worker.
ongoing talks between Chrysler and This whole exercise has also
Generation TransAlta for the new equipment called for modifications to some
Warmer weather and lower gas and expected increased loads. multi voltage panels where the
pricing has generation now running
Arc Flash practice was to access switches and
some weeks through the weekend.
Our Joint Health and Safety timers with entire panel energized.
Volatility in both gas and power
Committee, in conjunction with the Future switchgear design will likely
prices make predictions on week-
other Ontario plants, has been have to take into consideration
end running difficult. The past few
working on new procedures that remote operation and the capability
weeks seem to point to many more
will apply to all sites as a result of to fully de-energize equipment
opportunities to over generate. The
regulations surrounding arc flash in before work can take place.
July long weekend is scheduled as
downtime for our annual turn- electrical distribution systems. Summer Vacation
around maintenance. All of our A full audit of our equipment All but a few time off requests
major work is done here involving has been done and class ratings are covered for but will be accom-
numerous outside contractors work- from one to four will dictate the modated and summer months have
ing along with our staff and is a necessary precautions to be taken precious few openings left for new
huge task co-ordinating permits, as prescribed by the Electrical requests.
lockouts and work scope, – all in an Safety Authority and the With warm weather finally here,
effort to safely get the job done. To Occupational Safety Act when I’d like to wish everyone a safe and
that end, this outage, an ops mem- doing any electrical work. ESA happy summer.
ber has been assigned as permit co-
ordinator to manage the numerous
confined space, hot work, control of
work and clearance permits needed
for each job.
All major work on chiller and
air plant upgrades are done and
ready for the new model launch.
Some minor cooling tower prep,
logic checks and communication
link work for mechanical rooms
back to the powerhouse remain.
The commissioning position is slat- Local 444 Human Rights activists led by Chairperson Dewey Knight are
ed to continue to the end of August seen above following a monthly committee meeting.
Windsor Assembly Plant
uring the past few months
ees are taking advantage of is the
many senior Chrysler opportunity to contribute a percent-
employees have retired in an age of our weekly pay before tax pare a basic will and powers of attor-
attempt to allow junior employees directly to an RRSP with Fidelity. ney for property and personal care
the opportunity to return to work This is a great vehicle not only to for you and your spouse. (For com-
from an indefinite lay-off. Before the save money but also to get us think- panies other than Chrysler, please
end of the 2007 calendar year, ing about retirement and how much contact your benefit representative to
approximately 700 production money will be needed based on our confirm your coverage regarding
employees will have retired with a individual needs. Wills) A good guide line is to make
defined pension and benefit package There are currently three different changes to your will whenever you
second to none in the manufacturing ways to retire with a fixed pension experience major life changes; for
industry. paid every month. example, a birth in the family, a
However, I would be remiss if I 1) If you retire with 30 or more death, divorce, separation etc. It is
did not mention that if it were not for years of service, also advisable to review your will
the restructuring benefit packages 2) If your age and years worked every three to five years to make sure
negotiated by the Local 444 combined equal at least 85, it meets your current needs.
Bargaining Committee, many of the 3) If you are age 60 (55 in some Some information you may want
retirees indicated they would not cases) with 10 or more years of ser- to gather before seeing a lawyer is:
have been able to retire. vice. 1) Know the individuals you want as
Restructuring benefits are not a If you start thinking and setting beneficiaries.
desired solution since the end result goals about your retirement needs 2) Know Bank and RRSP account
is that the company is shrinking, and today, it will not be a surprise or dis- number information.
good paying jobs in the company and appointment when you are eligible to 3) Who you want as an executor of
the community are being lost. These retire; you will be well prepared and your will, and
current restructuring packages only able to make a confident decision 4) Who you want as powers of attor-
emphasize the desperate measures about retiring.
ney for personal care and for
taken to try and find ways to return property.
Preparing a Will
junior employees back to work from 5) Legal Services phone #: 519-944-
an indefinite lay-off situation. 5222
It would seem that with all the One of the most important steps Please take the time and make a
current changes in the automotive you can take to protect your family’s current will. If anything for the sim-
industry, it might be wise to start future is making a will. However, it ple luxury of knowing that the gov-
planning your retirement assuming was a shame that during the past few ernment will not have the final say in
there will be no restructuring benefit months we dealt with members who distributing your hard earned assets
in the future; and if there is a pack- passed away without having a proper and also to help reduce the amount of
age, it should be considered an addi- will. taxes your estate will eventually pay.
tion to your well planned out retire- It would seem well worth the Remember: Keep your will in a
ment strategy. effort to ensure that your hard earned safe place, and notify the executor of
Focusing on Retirement:
savings, property and assets are your will where this information is
transferred quickly and easily to the located; hopefully, it will not be
It is never too early to start plan- individuals whom you choose. needed for a very long time.
ning for retirement and it is strongly However, if you do not have a will,
recommended to visit a financial provincial laws dictate how your
planner or bank representative and assets will be divided and in some Service Canada has an updated
start planning for retirement today. instances allowing the government to website that will allow you to access
Our negotiated defined pension plan decide who your children’s guardians your employment insurance informa-
allows our members a great start will be if there is no surviving tion on-line. You will need your four
toward retirement by paying a fixed spouse. digit access code from E.I. as well as
amount of retirement income every Our current Chrysler legal ser- some personal information to access
month, however, another retirement vices plan allows members to visit your information on-line.
vehicle that many Chrysler employ- any co-operating CAW lawyer to pre- . . . cont’d on next page
reached an agreement to install an
In-Plant Safety enabler system similar to other areas of
the plant. Because of the lack of avail-
able time the enabler will not be
REPORT – W.A.P. installed until after the launch.
The procedure until the new equip-
he Safety Department has been
tion. The robot power will only come ment is installed will be to lock out on
extremely busy lately as the on after you clear the zone and hit the the E Stop and no one is to perform any
new equipment for RT is being operator cycle start button. A Safety testing and troubleshooting on this sys-
installed. As you know the Phase 2 of talk was developed and given out to all tem.
the Paint shop is nearing completion. the affected operators by Management There will be a special Safety Talk
In the Body Shop, there are a few on this issue. on areas specific to the New Paint
distinct differences that the membership In the New Paint Shop there are Shop, which will be developed and
should be made aware of. several changes: delivered to the Trades Groups prior to
Trades Groups – Should have Spray Booths – There is a huge us taking over the tools.
awareness training on the fact all the difference as the air is now recycled. Most of the Electricians know that a
new equipment is 24 live volts This will What this means is, there will be a course on Arc Flash has been devel-
allow the new Safety PLCs to monitor purge time determined before you can oped and is being delivered.
all the Safety Devices in the equipment. enter these areas. To determine the
On Multi-Teaching Robots, the We just want to remind everyone
actual purge time the Company has the new Arc Flash regulation doesn't
capability will be removed. The work hired Stantec Engineering and an out-
will start this weekend, June 23rd and kick in until January 2008. A question
side consulting company by the name
continue until all the new tools are came up, “If I don't wear my equip-
of Fulton Hawes to do this testing.
completed. In the meantime ment, could I get a ticket from the
At this time they have determined
Management is developing a safety talk that the temporary purge time is 30 Ministry of Labour?” The answer to
and signage to reinforce that no multi- minutes. They believe that time limits that is you could, if the Company had
teaching should be done by our electri- will only be temporary until they do made it a policy in the plant prior to
cians. further testing. The consultants believe January 2008. But so far they haven't as
it could be lowered to a five minute they are still training and all the tools
Production Workers – You will and PPE haven't been handed out.
see a distinct difference in how you range, but need to collect the testing
load your parts In the past, you loaded data before changing the time limits. Now, last but certainly not least, we
to a fixture, then the robot came in and Before the testing data is completed were quite pleased to see that the
grabbed the part. Now, you will load it nobody should be entering the spray Company finally agreed to have an
directly to the robot end effectors. booths until the 30 minute purge time is Evacuation Drill. This will help in the
As most of you should know, all the complete. event of a real emergency. We encour-
power for the robot is dropped out so ASRS System – is the new stack- age you to participate.
you can safely load your parts. All the ing banking system. There have been Please have a safe and enjoyable
safety devices such as light screens and issues raised in regards to doing teach- vacation.
safety mats remain live for your protec- ing and troubleshooting. We have In-plant Safety Committee
“My Employment Insurance downtown Windsor.
Benefits Report Information” will allow you to deter- If you have an opportunity, it is
. . . cont’d from previous page mine: if a cheque has been issued, recommended that you take some
the start dates of your claim, waiting time and browse through the Service
To access the Service Canada periods etc. You will also be able to Canada web site. This is an excellent
website go to www.servicecanada.gc.ca. change your personal information tool not only for E.I. but it also gives
After selecting “Employment such as your mailing address, phone important information regarding
Insurance on-line Services” you will number and banking information for access to other government programs
currently find four different options: direct deposit of your E.I. monies. such as CPP and OAS which are also
1) Application for employment insur- If you do not have access to a important considerations for retire-
ance benefits on-line. computer, you can call E.I. at 1-800- ment planning.
2) Internet reporting service. 206-7218 to speak with a representa- Any questions regarding this
3) My employment insurance infor- tive, or you can visit your local E.I. report please contact the benefits
mation on-line, and office. The local Windsor E.I. office office at 519-973-2845 or 519-973-
4) Tax information slips on-line T4E. is located at 400 City Hall Square, in 2664.
Working Toward Wellness PAT
REPORT CAW Wellness
HE current initiative of the Wellness program is
focusing on Eating Well your way. The purpose of
this initiative was to introduce Canada’s New Food
Guide where everyone can achieve overall health and
vitality. Some of the topics covered include whole grains,
losing weight with the Food Guide, healthy snacking, tips I just want to remind our members that during the
on eating out and what are healthy fats. summer, a mail-out will be sent showing your current ben-
Health Survey eficiaries on file. This is an opportunity to update your
records and to be sure that the correct beneficiaries are on
Sometime during the month of August, some mem- file. Instructions for making changes will be provided
bers will receive a survey from the Windsor-Essex County in the mailing. The designation is for your Basic Life,
Health Unit. There will be approximately 3,000 sent out Accidental, and Optional Life Insurance benefits.
to DaimlerChrysler employees throughout Canada. All
information from the survey will be kept confidential and
responses will be handled by the Health Unit. I would ask
all members who receive a survey to take the time to fill it Charlie Brooks 30th Annual
out. This information will be used to provide program
direction for the future, so again please take the time to
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fill one out if you receive one. The survey will also be
available online for any members who do not receive one • Green Shield Canada • CAW Local 200
• Casino Windsor Cares • DaimlerChrysler
and would like to add their input into the program
• CAW Local 1973 • Pinnacle Chrysler
The Programs’ Committee members are currently • Border Press Inc. • Motor City Community
planning another Family Day at the Children’s Safety • Caboto Club Credit Unon
Village. This event is planned for Sunday, August 19/07. • Club Alouette • Zellers
Preparations are still underway.
• Delta Chelsea Hotels • Hyatt Lassaline C.A.
• Families First Funeral • Image Promotions
Home • Integram Seating
• Graphix Plus • Royal Can. Legion Br. 143
• Haskings Finan. Services • Woodslee Credit Union
• Admiral Optical • Local 1941 CAW
• Aim Tecumseh Chiro • Local 195 CAW
at the CHILDREN’S SAFETY VILLAGE
• Archon Architects
• Baron Insignias Ltd.
• McTague Law Firm
• Penalty Box Two
• Tecumseh Golf
• Benteler Automotive • Tony’s Pizza
(union, non-union), retirees and The first 400 • Colasanti’s Tropical Gard. • Trans-Alta
their families are invited to join us • Farron’s Gourmet Butcher • W.A.P. Union Office
on August 19th from • Fine Touch Graphics • Williams Food Supplies
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Look for a children will • I.D.A. Westminster • Wincon Construction
detailed invitation in the mail
For more information contact: receive a free Pharmacy • Windsor Fam. Credit U.
Janine Robillard (DCCI) 519-561-9449, • Janette Florist • Windsor Police Assoc.
Randy Homenick (CAW) 519-973-4347, • Johnson Controls • Wind.-Essex Skilled Trades
the Windsor-Essex County Health
Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 3100 • Koolini Italian Eatery • Molson Beweries
All proceeds made from the sale of food and beverages will be donated to the Safety Village. • Local 1498 CAW • Windsor Spitfires
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Women in Leadership
Employment Equity and Health & Safety Training Fund
Women’s Advocate Week Two PEL
Sexual Harassment By Week Three PEL
SANDRA Building Activism
Awareness Week DOMINATO Grievance Handling
Employment Equity & Women in Collective Bargaining
he first week of June has Women’s Advocate Rep.
T been declared Sexual
Harassment Week. It has
been 11 years since Theresa Vince
Week Four PEL
Health and Safety
was murdered in a sexual harass- Sept. 23 - 28 Grievance Handling
ment case. All recommendations Week One PEL WSIB Medical Orientation
from the coroner's inquest still have Women Activist (Ontario Only)
not been implemented. The govern-
ment has not put language into the
Occupational Health and Safety
Act in regard to sexual harassment.
The Act clearly states that
everyone has a responsibility for
safety in the workplace. As work-
ers, we do our part, we cannot do
this alone. The government has a By KEN ROSE
responsibility to protect workers,
against workplace violence and has Members of the Veterans women.
dropped the ball. If they had imple- Committee were involved in In June our committee
mented this recommendation 11 a couple of special events assisted members of the
years prior, maybe we could have over the past couple Royal Canadian Legion with
prevented the similar tragedy that months. their annual Track and Field
happened in our community. In May, our members Meet held at the University
Port Elgin on Site
took part in the Navy Club’s of Windsor. This event saw
Battle of The Atlantic athletes from all over
Parade. The committee Windsor and Essex County
On a trial basis this fall, the helped to decorate a compete. Special thanks go
Centre will be offering on-site parade float that was spon- to Chris Vachon who not
childcare free of charge. There sored in part by Local 444. only organized the entire
must be sufficient interest in order
We then assisted the event, but continues to
to run the program. Childcare sub-
dozens of Veterans who work tirelessly on behalf of
sidiaries will still be available to
came out to take part. The the Legions in this area.
members who do not wish to bring
their children to Port Elgin but parade route took them On behalf of the entire
incur additional child care cost from the HMCS Hunter, Veterans Committee, we
while attending the program. All down Ouellette Ave. to the wish all of you and your
children must be pre-registered river where tribute was paid families a safe and happy
three weeks prior to the course start to these brave men and summer holiday.
goods from four months ago and
11% more difficult for them to
By compete with imported goods?
Why should workers in the
manufacturing heartland have to
Committee pay such a steep price because the
Chairperson Bank of Canada refuses to cut
firstname.lastname@example.org interest rates to counter the upward
pressure on the dollar from high
The Surging Loonie,–another enemy commodity prices, particularly for
Alberta oil and gas? Choking off
of Manufacturing Sector Central Canada’s engine of growth
uch has been discussed to reduce the risk that Alberta will
groups and an American dollar that
and debated about the is weakening against many foreign overheat is hardly a recipe for a
effect Free Trade currencies. The stronger Canadian strong and vibrant Canada.
Agreements have had on the manu- dollar makes Canadian exports I believe there are three impor-
facturing sector and in particular more costly and less competitive, tant steps that must be taken by
the auto industry, but another con- but makes imports cheaper and government to correct the wrongs
tributing factor has been the elevat- more competitive. with the high dollar and help make
ing dollar. Each time our dollar Some economists call what’s Canadian manufacturers more com-
creeps closer to the American dol- going on in our country the “Dutch petitive:
lar, it puts Canadian workers at a Disease” to describe what hap- 1) Ottawa must take the steam out
cost disadvantage. We only need to pened after natural gas was discov- of the explosive rise in the dol-
look in our own backyard at the ered in the Dutch North Sea in the lar which is now 11% higher
Casino to see that customer levels 1960s. The Dutch currency took than in February and almost
as well as revenue are both down off, driven by incoming petroleum 50% higher than 2002.
due to the exchange rate. This rapid investment and outgoing gas
appreciation in the value of our dol- exports but this squeezed out the 2) Ottawa must quickly introduce
lar in the past four years, along Netherlands’ long standing value- measures that will boost
with unpredictable energy costs and added exports (electronics, machin- enhancing investment into
strong economies such as China has ing and chemicals). The Dutch Research & Development.
had a negative impact on profitabil- economy was arguably worse off 3) Ottawa must pressure foreign
ity in many parts of the Canadian after the gas was discovered than governments to open markets
manufacturing industry. before! that are now virtually closed to
And we are not alone; other With this crisis going on in the Canadian goods and at the same
sectors such as forestry, textiles, largest sector in Canada there time opposition leaders must do
shipbuilding, tractor equipment, seems to be a lack of urgency from more than just criticize Prime
apparel and chemicals have been hit Prime Minister Harper and his gov- Minister Harper. They must
hard by the economic shocks affili- ernment. Canada lost 35,000 man- offer him concrete advice on
ated with a high exposure to inter- ufacturing jobs between January what government can do quick-
national competition. and February alone. This stagger- ly to bolster Canada’s manufac-
ing one month decline pushes the turing sector.
Analysts offer several reasons
for the loonie’s strength. The main cumulative loss to 250,000 since “If there is a Central Bank in
reason has to do with the Bank of November 2002,–a total that the world that should be acutely
Canada and interest rates. Other exceeds the entire population of concerned with the appreciation
reasons for the dollar’s strength Windsor. How can Canadian man- of it’s currency against the U.S
include persistently high commodi- ufacturers be expected to compete
dollar, it should be Canada’s.”
ty prices, the spate of takeovers of when the rise in the dollar makes it
–Jim Stanford, CAW Economist
Canadian companies by foreign 11% harder for them to export their
our postcard campaign or want a
ENVIRONMENT schedule of our next Environment
meetings, e-mail us at 444environ-
By RICHARD LABONTE Water Festival
Environment Committee Chairperson The 2007 Essex Children’s Water
Festival was a great success as more
than 4,200 children and chaperones
need the support of Canada’s lead- attended this environmental initia-
ership. Our government will be tive. It owes its success to the many
During the past six months, your
remiss in its responsibility if they community partners who volunteer
Environment Committee has been
fail to provide an auto policy which their time and resources. Our Local
extremely active. We began with a
would sustain our domestic manu- sponsored the bus transportation
Postcard Campaign. Our committee
facturing base. with many of our committee mem-
drafted a postcard petition designed
Also, recent polls clearly indi- bers participating.
to lobby the Prime Minister to pre-
cate that most Canadians are con-
serve our troubled domestic auto
industry with a ‘green car’ strategy. cerned about Canada’s lack of
Understanding that another Federal effort to reduce greenhouse gases.
The 2007 CAW Environment
election is looming, we decided to It is vital that our government
Conference held in Port Elgin was
push the issue of jobs and the envi- invest in Canada’s future through
another great networking opportuni-
ronment to take advantage of the implementation of a green car
ty for committee members to learn
Harper government’s need to appear strategy which will provide incen-
and inspire others through sharing
environmentally responsible. tives for green production, incen-
our past accomplishments, experi-
After I have passed this concept tives to get older vehicles off the
ences and information. Guest speak-
with the approval of the local leader- road and expanded research and
ers provided insight into what needs
ship, I sent the first draft of the peti- development for domestic vehicle
to be done and some suggestions as
tion to my friend, Ken Bondy, CAW builders.
to how to best accomplish our goals.
National Co-ordinator in Toronto. Ken and I have been networking This was our second environment
He loved the idea and asked if he with other CAW activists across conference using both official lan-
could make copies of the postcards Canada to participate in the National guages to accommodate our sisters
for the upcoming Kyoto Conference campaign in their communities. The and brothers from Quebec.
postcard is also being translated to
Ministry of Environment
that he was attending and I said “Go
French to ensure that all Canadians
During our discussion, Ken and I have an opportunity to voice their
agreed to push this as a National opinion. We have joined the CAW
campaign since this petition is We can all be proud of our effort
Windsor Regional Environment
addressing our members’ jobs in the to wake up the Harper government.
Council to demand funding for an
Big Three and their suppliers across It is obvious that once we lose our
auto industry, it will be difficult to Ontario Environment Ministry office
the country. in Windsor.
Our petition was embraced by our get it back. It’s tough to compete
with countries willing to sacrifice A recent fire at an unlicensed
national office. In fact, Buzz
wages, safety and benefits in business highlighted the need for
Hargrove added friendly amendment
exchange for work even though immediate response which the min-
to it. (It is underlined below.)
these workers will not be able to istry failed to provide. The Sarnia
Dear Prime Minister, office cannot adequately serve the
Presently, we are experiencing a
purchase the products they build nor
will they be spending money on Windsor area.
growing economic crisis as a result
much other than life’s necessities. In closing, I’d like to thank all
of job losses in our domestic auto
I would like to thank brothers committee members for working so
Buzz, Ken Lewenza and Ken Bondy hard on behalf of our membership
DaimlerChrysler, Ford and
General Motors have played a
for their support and guidance in and their communities.
major role in the economic develop-
highlighting a critical issue for auto Your Environment Committee
ment of Canada for nearly a centu-
workers and the Canadian economy. wishes you and your families a safe
ry. Now, they and their employees
If you are interested in assisting and enjoyable summer.
By ous markets that would in turn
GEORGE abolish poverty and change dicta-
JOHNSON torships into democracy. Little has
Chairperson, transpired as predicted.
Chapter There are a large number of
young retirees now in the Chapter.
You are being encouraged to attend
Chapter Meetings and participate.
want to begin by commending would determine the course of
We are not old fogeys as some
our retirees for participating in human events, that growth in inter- think we are. Come and test the
the May 27 Rally. As is the national trade would foster prosper- waters. You may be surprised!
saying, we have not abandoned our
participation in our Union. Today
more than at any time, we must
defend our gains from the
onslaught of the corporations and
the government. As witnessed
recently, the greedy corporations
have foresaken employees who
have worked loyally for many years
being dumped on the streets and
moving to countries where the peo-
ple have no laws that protect them.
June 13 marks the end of our
year. The chapter does not hold
meetings in July or August. We
begin again in September. Have a
Financial Secretary Gary Parent is seen above swearing in the newly
Elections were held at the May
elected Executive of the Local 444 Retirees’ Chapter. Left to right, Mike
meeting. Those elected were: Longmoore, Tony Bucsu, Peter Pellerito, Mary Jane Bechard, George
George Johnson, Chairperson Johnson, Rick Reaume, Frank LaSorda and Gerry Graham.
Gerry Graham, Vice-Chairperson
Mary Jane Bechard, Secretary
Peter Pellerito, Treasurer
Tony Bucsu, Sergeant-At-Arms
Trustees: Richard Reaume
That is your executive for the
next three years.
On a recent bus trip, some
women discussed the idea of form-
ing a Women’s Committee. A well
sustained chapter is having the par-
ticipation of its members. Any one
wishing to be a member of this
committee, give your name to the
Local 444 CAW Retirees continue their activism and interest in the Union
secretary. where they filled the halls of two facilities at their annual Summer Dinner and
We live in a world economy. It an equal amount of them marched shouider to shoulder with the active mem-
was predicted that global markets bership in preserving jobs in the Manufacturing Sector / Auto Industry.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Paulick, Greg Gilles, Riley McKeller, Jerry Hoy,
Brian Kelly, Dave Redmile, Ray Redmile, David
On behalf of Local 444 CAW, I want to extend Mailloux, Dave Robinson, Jeff Hayes, Randy
my congratulations and best wishes to those hun- Homenick and Rob Sheehan. Each of them has
dreds of retirees who decided to take full advan- made a contribution to our Union’s success and we
tage of the Retirement Enhancement programs remain grateful for their efforts in representing the
bargained by the Union. It has been tough initially values of Social Unionism. I a l s o w a n t t o
to witness the transition of the Auto Industry. In acknowledge their patience relative to the timing of
one hand I feel just great that eligible retirees are which each of them wish to retire, understanding it
taking full advantage of the enhancement pro- is not in the best interest of our members to have a
grams and on the other hand, experiencing the job mass exodus. Your co-operation is appreciated!
loss has been painful. The Union itself is in transi- CAW National Staff Representative Maureen
tion and the more than 25,000 years of combined Kirincic has also decided to take advantage of
experience and knowledge will be missed as well early retirement. Maureen was the first female of
as the friendships that were established over those Local 444 CAW to be assigned to the staff of our
years. Union. Her commitment to organizing the unorga-
It is equally gratifying to experience the recall of nized was a passion she enjoyed. The roles she
our laid off Chrysler membership who prior to this played in bringing new members to our Union
bargained enhancement program had little or no strengthened our Union nationally. She made Local
chance of returning to work. Therefore, Local 444 444 proud and we wish her well.
CAW welcomes each of them back to work and we Larry Tremblay, responsible for Health and
remain hopeful that full time employment becomes Safety, representing all Chrysler Canada employ-
a reality, moving forward. I would like to ees has also decided to pass the torch and move
ac k n o w ledge the work of Vice-President Rick into retirement. Larry was an experienced active
Laporte, Restructuring Co-ordinators Dave member of the CAW/DCX Master Bargaining
Robinson, Rene Gorrisen and Benefit
Committee. His commitment to our members is felt
Representatives Joe Domarchuk and Ken Kwiatkouski
every day through the unprecedented training the
for providing a wonderful service to our member-
company is responsible in providing. The Health
ship from the top of the seniority list to the bottom.
Each of them has done an exceptional job in and Safety of our members is a priority of our
responding to countless questions and inquiries in Union and the work ethic and commitment to suc-
the past few months and we thank them. ceed was embedded in Larry’s culture of thinking.
We sincerely thank him for his years of service rep-
I would also like to thank the following repre-
resenting our Local and National Union.
sentatives of our Union who have given of them-
KEN LEWENZA, President, Local 444 CAW
selves for the betterment of our membership: Al
MARCH 1, 2007 John Bellaire Ottavio Chiodo Frank Duquette
Kevin Briand Wayne Bensette William Cox Risto Eloranta
Bruce Iler Glen Benson Mark Crane David Falzon
Manuel Madruga James Best Gregory Cunningham Donald Farrand
Greg Plante Kenneth Blain Jose Damaso Arnold Ferguson
Beth Savoie Wesley Blake Gary Deavey Felice Ferrelli
Paul Borghi Sharon Delisle Linda Findlay
APRIL 1, 2007 Raymond Bourbonnais Albert Derikx Edward Fleming
Erik Anderson Thomas Bowes Paul Desmarais John Fountain
Dimas Andrade Eric Brown Lawrence Desmarais Elias Francis
Sandra Bachmeier James Bryans Jai Dhiman James French
Radomir Bakic Tom Burns John Dipietro Michael Gabor
Norbert Barrette Laura Calhoun Robert Doe Linda Gibb
Dennis Batson David Carriere Lazo Dragicevic Kevin Goudie
Juliette Beaulne Claudio Ceschin Nelson Dumontier Douglas Graham
Joe Bell Malcolm Chase Wayne Dunford Tommaso Grillo
Retiring Members . . . cont’d
George Hallett Wayne O’Keefe Mario Ventura Larry Cabana
Claudio Herrera Dennis Ouellette Brian Waghorn Garry Cabana
Randall Heydon Serge Ouimet Janet Walker Pietro Cammalleri
Eric Holt Clifford Paun Clara White Douglas Campeau
Daniel Houghton John Perry Patricia Wilkins Ralph Carreira
Norman Hunter James Pfaff Norman Wilson Randy Cascadden
Frederick Jeavons Grant Philpott Charlene Womack Angelo Castelli
Lee Jost Barbara Pray Charles Zammit Gerald Caza
Claudette Karb Josef Pretli Lawrence Chatelain
Guy Kelch Gilles Prevost MAY 1, 2007 Paul Chouinard
Thomas Kelly Thomas Quinlan Carmel Abela Robert Danychuck
Michael Kenney Kultar Randhawa Kwame Ampofo Derek Davies
Glen Kime Curtis Reid Bryant Anderson Alan Desrosiers
Richard Kolowicz James Renaud Walter Andre Vincenzo Diponio
Ronald Koop Clark Richardson Larry Anger George Dorner
Napoleon Koutelas Brian Ritchie Alfred Anstett Richard Douglas
Donald Labonte Elizabeth Robinson Dimitrios Antzaras Bruce Duck
Joyce Lachance Paul Dufresne
John Laramie David Durocher
Kenneth Lavender Robert Elsbrie
Daniel Laviolette Robert Ewing
Robert Leclaire Guy Fleury
Elaine Lee Jerry Foldesi
Richard Levesque Thomas Fountain
Jean-Paul Levesque Generoso Frattaroli
Glenn Lickman John Gardner
Charles Little Gary Garrod
John Lloyd Denis Gaudette
Antonio Lo Mascolo Wayne Gaudette
Daniel Logan William Robinson Todor Apostoloski Raymond Gauthier
Estelle Loiselle Richard Robitaille Fred Atherton Angela Graniero
Vittorio Lovrecich Richard Rochon John Bachtold Michael Gray
Jean-Paul Marchand Gerald Rougoor Dennis Baillargeon Mark Griffin
Ernest Marentette Rita Russell Maurice Baillargeon Helmut Grusas
Harry Marentette James Sagaert Harriet Barker Aggie Halford
Mary Anne Marion Johnny Sagaert Rene Beaule Stanley Hall
Joseph Mayea Glenn Sawyer Lawrence Begin Kenny Hanik
Patricia McAuley Richard Shelley Clarence Beneteau David Harron
William McGean Efthymios Siaplaouras Gary Bering James Harwood
Daniel McKenzie Roger Skinner Jan Bertram Emilien Hebert
Robert McManemy Gary Smith Larry Bezaire Kenneth Homenick
Carlos Melo Mike St. Pierre Ronald Blain John Homenuik
Robert Meloche Ian Stevenson Alain Boisvert Michael Hunt
Denis Menard Rudolf Stewin Michael Bondy Douglas Hyland
John Merrifield Ivy Symons Russell Bondy Ronnie Jobin
Gregory Moore Joseph Tanguay Steve Botica Donald Johnson
Stuart Morgan Frank Trupp Julia Brown Antonio Jraige
Naum Naumoski John Vander Heyden Paul Brush Wilfred Kalyn
Randy Neels Evangelo Vasilodimitraki John Butler Lionel Kearns
Retiring Members . . . cont’d
Ernest Kelso Wayne Quinlan Milan Andric Christopher Clark
Joseph Kisch Mike Raffoul Kenneth Annett Michele Colucci
David Knapp Carmelo Randazzo Avtar Ashat Gloria Cuthbertson
Mary Beth Knight Partrick Redmond Michael Atkinson Edward Czilli
Bernard Krebs Mark Rivait Mario Balsamo Abdo Dakhil
John Labadie David Robinson Stanley Baltzer Barry Dalley
Bryce Ladd Reis Rodrigues Donald Banks Robert Daly
Alejandro Lapuz Mohsen Samaan Randy Barrette Clayton Dawdy
Robert Laub Archie Scott Michael Bartlett Jerry Day
Larry Layson David Sekerak Zdravko Basarac Michael Delisle
Gabriel Lecoq Jozo Senjanin Roger Beaule Duarte Demelo
Michael Lehoux Gino Sirizzotti Richard Beaulieu Robby Denomey
Rudolf Leitzinger Ronald Skov Kevin Bechard Kenneth Desbiens
Marie Lennox Randall Soulliere Nolan Berlie Rene Deschamps
Lois Leonard Curtis Speiran Jimmy Bernabe Lawrence Devos
Paul Lesperance Jim Steinke Nick Bersuk Leslie Dickens
James Liddy Antonio Dicristofano
Keith Lozon Domenico Dipadova
Daniel MacDougall Alex Diponio
Tommaso Madia Domenico Disabato
Gary Mass Carl Dobson
Richard Matte Jure Dosen
Francis J. Mayea Marcel Doucet
Sidney Meloche Djuro Dragicevic
John Meunier Sava Dragicevic
Normand Michaud Joe Draskovic
Danial Mills Richard Drouillard
David Minard Francis Drouillard
Douglas Miskiewicz Dan Drouillard
Michael Morand Ronald Sterling Joseph Betlehem Ronald Drouin
Roy Morris Patrick Stewart Guy Blondin Joseph Dubois
Robert Myers Dusan Supic Kenneth Boismier Kevin Dufour
Richard Nantais James Swann Robert Bondy Bonita Dunham
Victor Nelson Barbara Tanevski Bruce Boose Terry Dunster
James Newby Allen Thibert Mijo Bosnjak William Dupont
Wayne Nikita George Thorne Michael Boyle David Durocher
John Oldnall Dolores Todero Guy Brian Robert Eberwein
Lawrence Ouellette Gerry Trepanier David Broderick Ronald Ellig
Vincenzo Palermo Dwight Velichka Stewart Brown Wallace Ellsworth
Gerald Peltier Laimutis Vindasius Gloria Campbell Karl Erdmann
Egon Peters Edward Vollans John Cantelo Jeffrey Esping
Peter Pettinato Henry Vollans Ronald Carr Paul Faubert
Homer Piche Victor Wells Thomas Carriere Bruce Fenn
Gary Pitre Ernest Whitson Natale Cascio Clarence Ferriss
Philip Pleli Bakos Youssef Joseph Casimiro Greg Fevreau
Janice Pollock JUNE 1, 2007 Arduino Celletti Kenneth Fields
Milivoje Prljevic Abdul Abdallah Robert Charlebois Roger Forsyth
Enrico Prosperi Romulo Allado Daniel Chartrand Wayne Frederick
Gaetan Proulx Dan Andersen Michael Chauvin Filippo Frisella
Retiring Members . . . cont’d
James Fryer Steve Krisan Roger Ouellette Barry Smith
Mark Gagnier Ivan Krstin Richard Paquin Albert Soave
Leonard Gagnier Lawrence Lachapelle Gilles Parent Vlado Sobol
Joe Galea Ken Lachapelle Roger Parent Raffaele Soresi
Douglas Gammon Christopher Lachine Andrew Paulick John Souchereau
Saulo Garganta Baccus Lahoud Orvel Paulin Dennis Soucie
Chuck Garvey Christopher Laing Donald Pavka Palmerino Spada
Keith Garvey Eugene Lake Ivan Pavlich Ignazio Spagnuolo
Gordon Geauvreau Larry Lamphier John Pegg Douglas Stevenson
George Gebara Douglas Langlois Frank Pellarin Walter Swanson
Jacques Germain Paul Langlois Salvatore Pellitteri Kei Szeto
Christine Gillis Simon Lanteigne Dragutin Petrinac Denco Tanevski
Thomas Gledhill Denis Lauzon Wayne Pilgrim Bruno Tavolieri
Slobodan Gledic Paul Lebert Josip Plavetic Hewitt Taylor
Robert Glen Cheryl Leblanc Brian Poupard Michael Terbenche
Kevin Goudie Daniel Lebrun Susanne Preney Robert Theaker
Robert Goulard Nicola Lemmo Ivan Projic Imad Thomas
Winnie Gowryluk Paul Lesperance Zlatko Puskaric Howard Tilson
James Grice Gary Lewis Dennis Quinlan Larry Timbers
Sewsunkur Groodoyal Roger Lord Nikola Radakovic Alvin Timbers
Michael Guadeloupe John Mack Otello Todon
Russell Guilbeault Steve Maika Luciano Todon
Randy Gunter Wayne Manchester Thomas Tofflemire
Daniel Gurney Sayed Mansour Steve Topalovic
Thomas Halliday Jerome Marentette Siman Touma
Gerald Hanlan Brian Market Mark Renaud
Ghassan Hanna Patrick Marrie Joe Resendes
James Harwood Gary Masters Michael Rinaldi
Howard Hayes Lawrence May Marcel Robichaud
Daniel Hewitt Edward Mayrand Gordon Rounding
Robert Hicks Helena Mazuran Ernest Rumi Denis Trepanier
Jim Hicks Michael Mazzali Randall Russell Chris Tsafos
Melvin Hodgins Mark McLeod Daniel Ryall Savo Urukalo
James Hodgkins Riley McKellar Danny Ryan Marcello Valeri
Reinhardt Hoffman James McLean Timothy Ryrie David Venne
James Holek Leonard Meloche Franco Santarossa Luka Vrkic
Jerry Hoy Gary Meloche Youssif Sarkis Mark Wagner
Charles Hunter Harold Menard Douglas Saxby Daryl Weaver
Petar Ivcec Nicholas Michailoff Beverly Scott Brian White
David Jackson Brian Miles Barbara Scott Joey Whittal
Earl Jansen Zdravko Milosevski Scot Seguin Art Wilder
Thomas Kani Robert Morgan Kevin Shaften Ricky Williams
Darcy Kennedy Gerald Morris Robert Sheehan Paul Williams
Douglas Kent Ron Mosco Dragica Simic Christine Wilson
Maureen Kirincic Charles Neuert Bronco Simpraga Karl Winter
Palko Kohut Duc Nguyen Gurinder Singh Daniel Worley
Joe Kovacevich Al Nix Inderbir Singh Robert Wright
Romas Kozulis Ghazi Obaida Peter Slingerland Robert Yeryk
Werner Kraus Hasan Osman David Slyzuk Philip Youssef
Human Rights &
he production of food is a environment many have chronic labour worldwide, the demand for
T must for us as human
beings to exist. Many of
those who help produce our food
coughs and pneumonia.
Machinery accidents are com-
mon, children falling off or under
child labour on farms and planta-
tions will probably stay strong.
From everyone on the commit-
are children. Facing social and tractors or harvesting equipment, tee, take in as many cultural events
economic problems these children many times being seriously injured this summer as possible. It’s amaz-
must toil in the fields. This agricul- or killed. ing what can be learned. Have a fun
tural form of child labour is often With the use of more contract and safe summer.
overlooked, because families grow-
ing up in rural areas are usually
poorer and assumed as part of
The International Labour
We are sorry to report the passing of the following members since the last issue.
Organization (ILO) surveys suggest The Executive and Membership of CAW Local 444 extend their heartfelt
that there are at least 120 million
condolences to the bereaved families.
children between the ages of 5 and
14 who are fully at work, and more Joseph M. Khoury........... Retired John Mills ....................... Retired
than twice as many (or about 250
James Martin................... Retired Donald H. Mills .............. Retired
million) of those for whom work is
a secondary activity are included. Jorge E. Cruz ................... Casino Bartholomew Attard ....... Retired
Of these, 61% were found in Asia, Albert Vriesacker............ Retired Dieter Peidl......................... 9330
32% in Africa and 7% in Latin Robert J. Ferris................ Retired George Peltier ................. Retired
America and at least 5% were Susan K. Jenkins-Polk..... Casino Raymond E. Reaume ...... Retired
found in developed countries. William Impens............... Retired Clifford Bastien............... Retired
A recent ILO report says that in Francis Campeau ............ Retired Ignac Saliga .................... Retired
some developing countries, nearly a Joseph Gaston Dubois..... Retired Clarence A. Delisle......... Retired
third of the agricultural workforce Richard Uruski.................... 9076 Roland Mailloux ............. Retired
is made up of children. Only rela- Charles Durham.................. 9330
tively recently have specific ILO Milos Misic..................... Retired
Melchiorre Ruggirello .... Retired
country studies shown how much Don M. Lazurek.............. Retired
Robert F. Whitehead ....... Retired
children contribute to world food Leo Papineau .................. Retired
Robert Elsbrie ................. Retired
production and agricultural com- Bryan Dietrich ................ Retired
Joseph Bodnar................. Retired
modity production. Jason A. Brundritt............ Casino
There are many health condi- Gottlieb Lockstadt .......... Retired
Mirko Francic ................. Retired
tions the children suffer from, Robert Dragnaits............. Retired
Steve Kasprick ................ Retired Francis G. Jacques .......... Retired
because of the pesticides used on Thomas Caron Jr. ............ Retired
the crops. Some of the effects felt Lawrence Marchand ....... Retired
Thomas Mancini ............. Retired Adrian A. Dupuis............ Retired
are eye, skin, and respiratory prob-
lems and death from poisoning. Antonio Germani ............ Retired Nicholas Labelle ............. Retired
Some of the injuries are perma- George Girardin .............. Retired Gerald W. George ........... Retired
nent. Carrying heavy loads, work- George J. Dupuis ............ Retired Henry Donaldson ............ Retired
ing in awkward positions can affect Laura L. Perron................ Casino Silvio Benotto ................. Retired
the youngster’s bone structure. Vladimir Kramar............. Retired Dean Duggan .................. Retired
Rising early and being in a damp
SUBSTANCE ABUSE KEENAN
somebody doing something about dropping a Perc? Maybe one is
just had a birthday. No big
deal, but now that I'm in my it? Is that all they're doing? I want good, five is better? And then it
fifties, I hear friends talking more, different; never mind him, I hurts so much to stop, you can't.
about "The Change". "Yup, my want and you do it! Maybe buying lottery tickets, or
wife's goin' through the change. the track or Casino will make you
Like never before, I see the
Hot flashes, night sweats, the some fast cash. Finding a new
effects of our changing work-
works!" Now I'm sure most men relationship is the answer! Ya
places, community and society.
don't grasp this condition and feel maybe buying a new car, boat,
As in a few other times, (The
anxious and helpless to render aid house, YAA!
Roman Empire), and a couple oth-
and comfort, but we try. I also ers, has there been a stage set for Please tell me that the above
believe that men have a form of change on such a large scale; both paragraph is absolute nonsense to
this too! nationally and internationally. Of you. Tell me you know that
My point is, when I got to course, there are still wars going change is inevitable and you can
thinking about it, our way of life on, we never seem to unlearn that feel the fear and do it anyway!
is suffering through a change of one, but the shift in industry and Say you know, and we can stand
life. It is having effects on every- technology is staggering. together to affect positive change
one around us and some are obliv- for the betterment of all.
I'm not the industrial genius,
ious, some are anxiety ridden, but the magnitude is making peo- I will never have anything
wanting to jump out a basement ple crazy. I guess you could say against the recreational benefits of
window. (No higher please!) that's my genius, craziness. It is a the above mentioned artificial
It is dangerous and amazing to fine line. People are reacting and joys. By now, from my fifteen
watch people cope through the responding to this build up of years of ranting, all should know
change. Laugh, cry, bite your fin- change pressures and it isn't – use, don't abuse! And if you
gernails off, head in the sand, always productive. can't, don't! Life is going to
protest, sleep, write letters and scream the difference to you
Anyone can say, make lemon-
emails; even pretend it's business someday, if you don't come up
ade out of lemons, but come on;
as usual. Be very clear - it's not. with it on your own!
this will take a little more leg
Work lives, as we know them, work. Those who believe in a So, it will be easier on all of us
are changing. Most people fear higher power can ask, but I'm to work together for healthier
change. Not mega fear, but fear pretty sure faith, without works, is lives, it won't come overnight
none the less. We are being dead. either. So as we go along, remem-
pushed out of our comfort zone, So here we go, travelling that ber balance is the key. “How the
from our jobs, to our parking lots. happy road to destiny. A brand hell do you get that?” they ask.
Even our routes in and out of new chapter in the history of Need a hand, want to talk? 258-
work change, and we don't like it. workplaces, community, the 3481 (519 first, even that's
How will this affect me? Can't be world! What are you doing about changed!)
good, won't be good. Why isn't it? Having a beer, smoking a joint,
CAW LOCAL 444
Services SUE NAJEM,
KEN LEWENZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President
GARY PARENT . . . . . . . . . . . . Financial Secretary
TOM LESPERANCE . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President
RICK LAPORTE . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President
PAM LEACH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President
SANDRA DOMINATO . . . . . . Recording Secretary
DINO CHIODO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trustee
n April, the Community bikes at Devonshire Mall. The
I Services Committee held a
pasta fundraiser for our “Bikes
for Kids” Campaign. We would
money that was raised from the
pasta fundraiser allowed us to
refurbish and give these bikes to
MARK CHAMPAGNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trustee
PAT CUSHING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trustee
GARY BERNARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guide
FRANK HARSHAW . . . . . . . . . . Sergeant-At-Arms
DAVE FRENCH . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive-At-Large
like to thank the following local kids in our community. DANA DUNPHY . . . . . . . . . . . Executive-At-Large
sponsors for their donations that I would like to take this oppor- JOHN GERARD . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive-At Large
helped us accomplish our goal. tunity to thank the Optimist Club SANDOR KAPASI. . . . . . . Chair, Education Comm.
DAVE CASSIDY . . . . . . . . . . Chair, Skilled Trades
CAW Local 444 for donating the helmets that DAVE LARUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair, W.A.P.
Tecumseh Golf accompanied the bikes for the kids CHARIE VIRGA . . . . . . . . . . Chair, Casino Windsor
and Computers for Kids for donat- PAUL JACQUES . . . . . . . Chair, Integram Seating
Designer Depo KEN SMITH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair, Innovatech
Green Shield ing space for us to store and work RICK LALONDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair, TransAlta
Ray’s Rib House on the bikes. KEN HOWARD . . . . . . .Chair, Benteler Automotive
KEVIN BELTRANO . . . . . . Chair, Johnson Controls
Pinnacle Chrysler The success of this Campaign GEORGE JOHNSON . . . . . . . . . . . Chair, Retirees
could not have happened without
Shoppers Drug Mart (Dougall) the dedication of the Committee GORD GRAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Relations
members as well as the helping
hands of Terry McLellan, Rob
Home Hardware Belle River the United Way. One out of three
Lemay, Ken Nantais, Wayne
Integram Seating Goulard, Paul Fram and Stu people in our area will utilize a
Creative Looks Family Hair Care MacNeil. United Way funded service. Your
Café Crepe The United Way Campaign is generous donations are the driving
Huron Automotive just around the corner. In Windsor force behind the availability of
Tecumseh Auto Spa and Essex County we are being hit these agencies.
Textures for Hair hard with massive job losses. This Please participate in your work-
Little Soles in turn causes a hardship in the place campaign to help ensure the
Memory Lane Hair Studio community and increases the needs services that are in great need con-
In May, we collected over 100 of the agencies that are funded by tinue to have the funding to survive.
Local 444 CAW
preparing for a
support of their
“Bikes for Kids”
a confrontation but we cannot afford
Johnson Control Members need our Support to allow this insanity to persist
The General State of the Auto members at Johnson Controls deserve because that, my friends would leave
Industry is worrisome and to deny or better and they are going to need the us all vulnerable. Daimler Chrysler
ignore the economic environment we total and unconditional support of our and Johnson Controls’ response will
are in would be suicidal. Our wages, entire membership. determine our actions! It’s about trust,
benefits, and pensions are experienc- Local 444 CAW is not looking for integrity, honesty and credibility!
ing intense security as the Companies
take advantage of a difficult bargain-
ing climate. But let me tell you my
United Way desperately needs CAW help
friends, bargaining is one thing, The United Way and the sev- grams and life long contributors leav-
reneging and misleading the Union is eral worthwhile community agencies ing the workplace.
another. in which it supports have felt the pain These are certainly difficult times
Johnson Controls is a classic of job loss leaving them very vulnera- for our region but CAW members
example of arrogance. Daimler ble. The United Way volunteer even with a shrinking membership
Chrysler committed they would Board and Campaign Cabinet have base have never turned their backs on
replace the jobs at Johnson Controls tried to do everything within their the needs of our communities.
because we were told during the power to diversify their donor base We have a proven track record of
course of Big Three Bargaining 2005 but the reliance is still incredibly con- providing community support and on
that they lost the headliner business centrated on CAW workplaces. behalf of the Executive Board and
to a lower bid outside the communi- The generosity and community workplace representatives I want to
ties of Windsor-Essex. concern shown by our members has encourage our members to dig deep
This was a real dilemma for the been historically outstanding and and contribute to the United Way.
Union and its 180 members so as a those citizens who have required the Our neighbourhoods and communi-
result of collective bargaining and assistance of those member agencies ties are very much reliant on our col-
pursuing a resolve of this issue have always felt a connection lective donations.
through negotiations Daimler between their needs, our Union and We would like to thank the donors
Chrysler provided us with a letter to our Employers. for their generosity because without
replace the work with comparable The jobs lost at Ford-Nemak and your support and helping hand the
jobs. Local 200 by itself will result in a communities of Windsor-Essex
Last November we went into million dollar shortfall because their would look much different, leaving
negotiations with Johnson Controls average donor base has topped the the most vulnerable in society feeling
and after a brief eight hour strike entire city contributing $500 per hopeless. Please give and give gener-
forced upon the Union by the member per year. ously. The need is greater! The
employer, a settlement was reached. It is not possible that we can make demand for services is higher!
Local 444 CAW members would up the shortfall because our Local The need to help is apparent!
retain the headliner work. Union is also experiencing a donor Thank you so much!
There was a sense of relief, of sat- shortfall due to the restructuring pro- Sincerely, Ken Lewenza
isfaction in the air and the member-
ship ratified the agreement by 100%
even though the economic gains were
minimal at best.
Since then, Johnson Controls has
thrown half the workforce out of
work because the work we thought
we attained through negotiation was
chopped in half because they sublet it
out to lower bidders. These develop-
ments are absolutely crazy and they
border on bad faith bargaining.
Local 444 CAW has put Johnson
Controls and DCX on notice that
their actions and their lack of respect James Stewart, Windsor Assembly Plant Chassis Steward is seen above observ-
and integrity in the Bargaining ing a moment of silence recognizing those injured or killed on the job. James
accepts with pride, every year, the invitation to play the bagpipes and through his
process is totally unacceptable. Our
music he introduces the Day of Mourning Celebrations. Thank you, James.
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the Country gather RECYCLED
Rally on the Hill demands Government action
orkers from across the country ate narrative on the uneven rules Canadian policy and better trade deals that would
W and Members of Parliament
gathered at the West Block on
Parliament Hill May 29th, for an evening
plants are forced to compete with. “We
are going to fight to turn this reality
around,” he said to the applause of all
grow national industry, instead of throw-
ing Canadians out of work.
“We need laws that say to the countries
forum filled with stories of plant closures, who were in attendance. we trade with, we will buy your products,
lost jobs and the effects they have had on Labour activists took to the hill in but only if you buy ours in equal parts, ”
their communities. Ottawa on May 30, making their voices said CAW National President Buzz
CAW Local 200 member Carrie heard both inside and outside the corri- Hargrove. “What would be wrong with
Schroeder worked at a Ford plant in dors of Parliament in an effort organized that?”
Windsor for seven years until her job was by the Canadian Labour Congress. The CAW march kicked off blocks
lost due to what she described as govern- Members of the CAW were joined by away at the Ottawa Congress Centre with
ment inaction and shareholder greed. “I CUPE, USW and CEP in a rally 3,000 rallying speeches by Hargrove, Quebec
know I will never see the inside of that strong, culminating three months of Director Luc Desnoyers and CAW
Ford plant again,” said Schroeder. forums and actions surrounding the mas- Council President Ken Lewenza.
Another retired worker spoke about his sive loss of manufacturing jobs. The “Job Loss Cemetery”, erected on
pension being cut by 40 per cent, $447 Inside the Parliament buildings, CAW the front lawn of Parliament Hill drew
less per month. He said that most pen- attention from curious members of the
members and other labour representatives
sions are not funded at 100 per cent and public and politicians alike. Only hours
spent the day lobbying Members of
that the government gave the company the after its construction began, the Prime
Parliament, meeting with Conservative,
right to withhold those pension funds. Minister’s Office ordered the RCMP to
Liberal, NDP and Bloc politicians.
have the graveyard dismantled although
CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Labour leaders and protesters demand- RCMP clearance was previously granted.
Yussuff closed the forum with a passion- ed government adopt a ‘Made in Canada’ The CAW refused.