seven-o-seven REPORTER Official Publication of Local 707 CAW, Oakville, Ont. July – August 2009 Vol. 52, No. 4 See President’s Report pages 2–4 On The Threshold Of Official publication of Local 707 CAW Published four times a year at Oakville, Ontario “Authorized as third class mail by the Post Office Department, Ottawa, Negotiations and for payment of postage in cash.” Printed by Thistle Printing Limited Local 707 CAW 475 North Service Rd. East Oakville, Ontario L6H 1A5 (905) 844-9451, (905) 844-6431 or 1-800-313-8707 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Page: www.local707caw.ca President’s Report ExECutIvE OffICErs Gary Beck — President By Gary Beck Ron Balazs — Vice-President Dave Millar — Recording Secretary July 06-07, 2009 the leadership of Local 707 in conjunction Nadia Anton-Collins — Financial Secretary with other CAW/Ford leaderships met in Windsor to learn Chris Campbell — Trustee first hand of the company’s current situation in Canada. Dave Thomas — Trustee Representing the Ford Motor Company was Joe Hinrichs, Cindy Huggins-Deveau — Trustee VP North American Manufacturing and Labour Affairs. Larry Pratt — Sergeant-at-Arms Present for the CAW, along with President Ken Lewenza, Bert Tousignant — Guide Charlie Goode — Retirees’ Chairperson Chief CAW Economist, Jim Stanford, and Ford Council Chair, Mike Vince, were the presidents and bargaining rep- The 707 Reporter is a publication of resentatives of the various CAW sites along with our entire the CAW Local 707, distributed free to members. It is published six times a year. leadership. The meeting is one that has been long awaited by the CAW/Ford locals. Members are encouraged to express their We always knew it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier. It is important views on topics which have been addressed to note that when the question was raised if anyone from the leadership was op- in the 707 Reporter, and to raise other posed to enter bargaining, not a single member of our leadership spoke against issues for discussion. Any opinions or views understanding that we would follow in the footsteps of what had been negotiated published in the 707 Reporter are those of by both Chrysler and GM. the contributor and are not necessarily the opinions or views of Local 707; the CAW, or The facts as presented to us were later outlined the Editorial Board, and neither Local 707; the CAW; nor the Editorial Board accepts at a special membership Not a single member responsibility for them. Copyright for articles published in the meeting held July 19th at the Union Hall. The turn- of our leadership spoke against 707 Reporter remains with the authors of the individual articles and, as such, written out on such short notice understanding that we would was impressive and I am requests for permission to reproduce any articles, in whole or in part, should be pleased that everyone is follow in the footsteps directed to the author. The Editorial Board reserves the right to taking a serious interest in what is happening and this of what had been negotiated publish or not. Letters to the Editor must be signed. Publication of any advertisement office and the leadership of by both Chrysler and GM. Local 707 will continue to should not be deemed an endorsement of do its best to keep every- the products or services advertised. one abreast of talks. Editor: ron Balazs Joe Hinrichs did not pull any punches in his announcements. Ford’s debt is $32 email@example.com billion – deeper than the one of either GM or Chrysler. GM and Chrysler had been EdItOrIAl BOArd: coerced by the Canadian government to renegotiate their collective agreements in Mark sciberras Ken robertson order to obtain financing to keep them afloat. Though, Ford had never made such a Kenny Hogarth Bert tousignant request due to its earlier restructuring, the result of the new contracts of the other two /em cope343 automakers have helped to put it at a serious financial disadvantage. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that both GM and Chrysler are now able to undercut Ford Features Canada in the manufacturing of vehicles. This gives them a huge financial edge. Add to this fact that our American counterpart can now do the job more cheaply by some President’s Report ... 2-4 $14 per hour, the high Canadian dollar (giving the appearance of expensive Canadian manufacturing), the soon to happen two-tier wage system in the US, and the lack of Financial Report ....... 10 an auto pact to help secure our jobs, we are in big trouble! Over the last few years, Ford has reduced more than 50 per cent of its Canadian Retirees ............... 20-26 workforce. Joe Hinrichs announced that once September 2011 rolls around, the St. Crossword ................ 33 Thomas plant will be gone. That leaves us with Oakville and Windsor – maybe... President’s Report – Continued on Page 3 Page 2 – July – August 2009 President’s Report ...continued from Page 2 In no uncertain terms, we were vantage was secured. We could informed that though the new agreements negotiated with GM The formula is straightforward. do far worse than bargaining along the same pattern. and Chrysler in Canada held Negotiations = jobs. the formula is straight- those companies to account for forward. Negotiations = jobs. a Canadian footprint of between No negotiations = unemployment. No negotiations = unemploy- 15 to 20 per cent; no such guar- ment. antee will be in place at the end of our own current collective agreement. In fact, with all the OLRB And Public Review disadvantages of currently operating here, Ford has no incen- We have been dealing with a human rights claim made by tive to continue to keep its Canadian operations running beyond one of our members against the Ford Motor Company. I am the end of the existing contract. At such time, platforms would pleased to announce that this situation has been resolved and need to be revamped anyway for any new product, which has the matter has now been put to rest. not been made available to Ford Canada beyond that time. During the first week of August, I will be attending a public Whether or not we enter into contract talks, makes no differ- review hearing in Toronto where hopefully another dispute that ence to Joe Hinrichs – he can continue to run with the collect- has been ongoing for some time will be settled. The National ive agreement the way it stands at the end of which, there will Office has become embroiled in this situation and it is hoped be no more contract talks, because Ford Canada will no longer that this too will soon be resolved. exist. After all, by 2012, Ford plans to only run nine plants in North America and with the Obama administration pushing for Updating Our Members “Made in the U.S.” production, this would all be a moot point. If you are interested in continued updates, please make It may however make a world of difference to us. your submission via our webpage at www.local707caw.ca or We don’t have to like the news to appreciate its impact. How- send me your full name and email address to president@caw- ever, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and “play ostrich.” local707.ca. This will not make the problem disappear (though it could very well make us disappear). We are left with one choice and one Dates To Remember only. We must enter into exploratory discussions with the Ford August 10th – 23rd – Summer Shutdown Motor Company of Canada. These discussions do not hold us August 18th – 21st – CAW Constitutional Convention accountable to any changes to our agreement – only our mem- September 4th – 7th – Labour Day Long Weekend bership can do that. These discussions will however guide us in September 16th – Retirees’ Membership Meeting the right direction to maintain our Canadian footprint because September 20th – General Membership Meeting this is conditional to any concessions that may be examined. These talks are scheduled to begin on September 08, 2009 and In Closing it is speculated that they will eventually culminate in a new I wish to thank everyone that supported me in my successful collective agreement, the structure of which is similar to that bid for delegate to the Constitutional Convention. I value your of Chrysler and GM in Canada. trust in me and will represent you well. Should this be the case, then let me remind We will be closing for the summer shutdown. everyone exactly how soundly those contracts May you and yours stay safe and have a happy, were negotiated. There were no cuts to base fun-filled summer. wages, no cuts to pensions, benefits were In Solidarity, maintained and a Canadian investment ad- Gary Beck visit our website! www.local707caw.ca July – August 2009 – Page 3 The President’s Correspondence June 10, 2009 exter Mr. Darrell D te igna Premier-Des ent Place One Governm 7th Floor e St 1645 Granvill PO Box 726 a Scotia Halifax, Nov B3J 2T3 congratulate Dear Sir: cal, I wish to ees of this lo w Premier of Nova the mem bers and retir ming the ne On behalf of ctory in beco l deserved vi see this com e you on a wel are pleased to noticed and P party and Scotia. d supporte rs of the ND verning ha s not gone un as We are prou proach to go address you personable ap le to happily to pass. Your e write you, we will be ab d to “designate.” w pose the next time e Darrell Dexter” as op rabl otia. “The Honou rty in Nova Sc d the NDP pa ns to you an Congratulatio Yours truly, de Yours truly, Charlie Goo apter Chair Gary Beck Retirees’ Ch 707 Presid ent CAW Local CAW Local 707 3 /em – cope 34 Page 4 – July – August 2009 Complete Family Dental Care n We collect from Your Insurance Company Directly for covered benefits n Current Fee Guide always accepted n Financial Arrangements Available n Free Consultations for Wisdom Teeth, Congratulations to Dentures, Orthodontics, Implants, ny Gagliardi, and Cosmetic Dentistry Natalie Newton and To s of the n Customized Sport Mouthguards the CAW Picnic winner s to meet your needs Elite Dental Group prize n Conscious Sedation Available n Discounts to CAW 707 members available on Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry n Free Custom Bleaching Tray Whitening System with New Patient Exam and Completion of Dental Treatment *must be 18 years of age* n Extended hours available at most locations including: evenings, Saturday and Sunday hours We Cater to Patients of All Ages r DENTURES Summepecial gS from Whiteninening System Whit $ 249.00 Zoom 2 $ 298.00 PARTICIPATING DENTAL OFFICES IN YOUR AREA Hamilton St Catharines Welland Brampton Emergency Clinic Fenworth Dental Lake Street Dental Welland Mews Kennedy Dental Brampton Late Night Dental 550 Fennell Ave East 168 Lake Street 136 East Main Street 49 Hillcrest Ave, 102 8pm – 1am Hamilton, ON St. Catharines, ON Welland, ON Brampton, ON 49 Hillcrest Ave, 102, Brampton, ON 905-318-7703 905-688-8403 905-988-7595 905-453-2440 905-453-2440 July – August 2009 – Page 5 Missed Opportunities Vice-President’s Report By ron Balazs Here we are in mid-August and we have not entered bargaining protection of our Canadian manufac- as yet, as we had all been anticipating for the past four months. turing jobs ensuring that Ford will This local’s leadership and those of all the other Ford locals produce a percentage of its product travelled to Windsor in mid-July to listen to Joe Hinrichs, group within Canada. GM and Chrysler Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs. were able to secure a manufacturing His responsibility is the operations of 105 assembly, stamping, footprint, thereby saving many jobs and power-train plants globally. We listened as he talked about in Canada. Chrysler agreed to keep the state of the Ford Motor Company, just as he had presented 19 to 20 per cent of its manufacturing it to the Master Bargaining Committee. Ford owes more funds here and GM has about 14 per cent. than it has on hand [approximately $34 billion owing with $21 At the time of writing this article, no date has been set to ac- billion set aside]. Ford holds no assets in the US as it had mort- tually start negotiations. However, remember that if indeed the gaged everything around 2½ years ago and continues to burn Bargaining Committee does get called out they will need our through funds at a rate of $1.7 million hourly. support, the support of our membership. They are autowork- The focus of 95 per cent of his presentation was on the Oak- ers elected to represent autoworkers! That’s it! They are not ville Assembly Complex. lawyers, nor accountants. People like Jim Stanford at the Na- OAC leads as one of the top three worst performing North tional Office and others there are entrusted to represent us with American Ford plants, costing approxi- our best interests. This doesn’t mean that mately $400 more to produce a vehicle you need to agree with everything pre- than elsewhere, according to Joe Hinrichs. At day’s end, sented. Ask questions if you are unsure Ford Oakville is also the most expensive about anything. However, at the end of place to assemble vehicles in the world. the membership the day, you have to ask yourself if you He asked us, “If this were your business, would you place new product here?” is the highest authority can live with whatever changes are be- ing put forth. Is there anything that will With the presence of our National in our union. put your family in harm’s way? Then cast Union, we had an opportunity to ques- tion the numbers presented to us and Jim Never forget that! your vote by listening to your heart and not to the person beside you. Stanford admitted that his numbers were One change has been implemented to indeed in keeping with what we were hearing. We would later our voting procedure. The ballot boxes will no longer be opened also be informed that the quality numbers given to us were in at the start of the meetings. We want people to attend and listen line, but they don’t pinpoint the root causes. Blaming the work- to what is being said before casting their ballot. At day’s end, ers is the easy way out, but there are many issues on workloads the membership is the highest authority in our union. Never for- and parts coming in from new vendors. get that! Presently, we are $7–$8 per hour more expensive than GM In closing, I would like to thank everyone for giving me the and Chrysler workers in Canada and $14 more costly than opportunity to represent Local 707 at the CAW Constitutional American Ford workers. It was explained that if we await the Convention. Enjoy what’s left of summer. end of our contract in 2011, we will have missed the oppor- In Solidarity, tunity for the acquisition of new product(s) as our existing ron Balazs platforms will be obsolete by 2012-13. Joe Hinrichs was quite nonchalant in his indication that he would not force the CAW to open our collective agreement, stating that we could wait for the contract to expire in 2011. Of course, that being the case, he added it would be like rolling the dice as to whether operations would still continue in Oakville beyond 2012 as there may no � We will bill Green Shield directly longer be a product available at that time. Not a single member � We offer complete packages of the CAW leadership spoke against following the pattern that covered by Insurance Plan was set by GM and Chrysler. Everyone understands we have to � Special discounts for Ford be competitive with our wages, and follow the pattern that was employees on extras bargained prior to us. � Serving Ford community Since there is a lack of commitment by our current govern- for over 25 years ment to create a new auto pact, it is important that we then re- � Call us for details ceive a commitment that Ford maintains a Canadian manufac- turing footprint and also a commitment for future product(s) and investments. What is a Canadian Footprint and how do we 905-842-2821 get one? We negotiate an agreement that provides adequate Page 6 – July – August 2009 July – August 2009 – Page 7 Darned If You Do, Darned If You Don’t! Recording Secretary’s Report By dave Millar I am confused why members get angry when reps tell them the the animals that steal our hearts every way it is. Fear mongering? I don’t think so. Telling the mem- time we attend the park, and enjoying bership the way it is appears to be something that we have lost all the rides. I understand that some touch with. If all the membership wants to hear from the leader- don’t like to attend because the ani- ship is something comforting, then I’m in the wrong line of mals are held captive. If that is your work. concern; don’t attend. The whole Facebook phenomenon is quite interesting. Some I want to thank Rita Thompson, folk, members and non-members alike, seek to challenge Chris Campbell, Wayne Dort, Sue Teepell, Paul Taggart, Scott people via forums on Facebook. What is happening here folks? McColeman, Darrin Caerels, Paul Reid, Brian Haskett, Nadia We used to be able to talk openly without bad mouthing one an- Anton-Collins, and countless others who managed to make other by way of blogs and Facebook pages. If I have something the day a huge success. I apologize to all who contributed but that needs to be said, I prefer to talk face to face. Perhaps it’s weren’t mentioned. This is merely an oversight as it is not my reflective of how I was raised, i.e. to show respect for others. intent to snub anyone that helped. I have even told people that if they have concerns with what I I look forward to seeing everyone at the September member- say, they should feel free to contact me in the office or on the ship meeting. shop floor. With all the issues facing us, spending time by writ- In Solidarity, ing crap back and forth is a waste of everyone’s time. Pick up a dave Millar phone. Come and see me. My door is always open to you. firstname.lastname@example.org I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer and by the time you get this edition of the 707 Reporter, you should be on summer shutdown. I hope that you are all taking the time to spend with your family and loved ones. As of this date, we have not opened our contract. That doesn’t seem to stop members from expressing whether they are or are not voting on a deal. This boggles my mind. How can we know what to vote for when we don’t have anything concrete to vote on? Keep an open mind! When/if we enter into negotiations, remember that Ford Council will hammer out the best deal it possibly can for our membership. There seem to be many differing views and opinions already. Let’s try to think about what is best for our members, their fam- ilies, and the overall future of our plant before determining how to vote. However, if we do turn down a contract and our plant is closed in 2013, take a long and hard look in the mirror before casting the blame at anyone else for the predicament you find yourself in. If stating this fact is fear mongering, then call it what you will. Just don’t shoot the messenger. Annual Picnic The picnic at MarineLand for CAW Local 707 was a tremen- dous success under the terrible weather conditions that we faced that day. It was great to see so many members enjoy the day as a union. It was a privilege to be amongst my peers and their families. My son and fiancé had a fantastic day visiting Page 8 – July – August 2009 A-Z-X PLAN SPECIALISTS Proud Ford Dealer In Oakville For Over 40 Years 31 TIME WINNER OF THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD Dear Neighbours, The last few months have brought uncertainty to world economies. We all worry how these events will affect our lives and financial position, our jobs and families. We are all trying to save what we can and spend only what we need. We at Oak-Land Ford realize this but also understand your vehicle safety is not something to gamble with. Our dealership employees have come together to offer you meaningful savings on safety-related repairs. We have achieved this by giving up some of what we would profit from. The technicians will make less, the parts department will make less and the dealership will make less so we may offer you a legitimate better price of 15% off parts and all regular service repairs. We do this willingly because we are all in this together. Sincerely, David Sanci Dealer Principal 905-844-3273 July – August 2009 – Page 9 CAW Local 707 Funds Financial For The Month Ending April 2009 Secretary’s General Equity – Beginning Current Month Year To Date 2,304,135.48 Report Revenue for the period Expenses for the period 291,789.22 (294,155.25) 1,033,870.11 (938,442.40) By Equity (Deficit) – End (2,366.03) 2,399,563.19 Nadia Anton-Collins Education Equity – Beginning 33,478.36 Revenue for the period 295.00 1,186.50 Expenses for the period 0.00 0.00 Sports & Equity (Deficit) – End Equity – Beginning 295.00 34,664.86 2,324.70 The 707 Galaxy Recreation Revenue for the period Expenses for the period Equity (Deficit) – End 59.00 (6,493.25) (6,434.25) 22,237.30 (9,616.45) 14,945.55 Banquet Hall & Bar Political Equity – Beginning 32,986.46 475 North Service Road East, Education Revenue for the period 295.00 1,186.50 Oakville, Ontario L6H 1A5 Expenses for the period 0.00 0.00 Equity (Deficit) – End 295.00 34,172.96 Tel: (905) 844-9451 Fax: (905) 844-0027 Retirees Equity – Beginning 102,652.39 Revenue for the period 12,779.30 28,223.20 Expenses for the period (6,064.61) (20,023.04) Equity (Deficit) – End 6,714.69 110,852.55 New Equity – Beginning 28,709.06 Members Revenue for the period 0.00 0.00 Expenses for the period 0.00 0.00 Equity (Deficit) – End 0.00 28,709.06 Picnic Equity – Beginning (10,123.65) Revenue for the period 2,507.50 10,085.25 Expenses for the period 0.00 (1,500.02) Equity (Deficit) – End 2,507.50 (1,538.42) Building & Equity – Beginning (1,247,208.52) Building Corp Revenue for the period 17,391.88 53,593.65 Expenses for the period (61,164.47) (184,437.39) Equity (Deficit) – End (43,772.59) (1,378,052.26) Watch Equity – Beginning (84,168.26) Revenue for the period 737.50 2,966.25 Expenses for the period 0.00 (6,956.77) Equity (Deficit) – End 737.50 (88,158.78) Strike Equity – Beginning 36,484.88 Revenue for the period 295.00 1,186.50 Expenses for the period 0.00 0.00 Equity (Deficit) – End 295.00 37,671.38 Reservations are now being taken for: h Awards Dinners h Dances Human Equity – Beginning (3,984.74) Rights Revenue for the period 59.00 237.30 h Banquets h Family Reunions Expenses for the period 0.00 0.00 h Bar Mitzvahs h Graduation Parties Equity (Deficit) – End 59.00 (3,747.44) h Business Meetings h Holiday Parties h Class Reunions h Lectures Womens’ Equity – Beginning (0.16) Committee Revenue for the period 59.00 237.30 h Company Dinners h Trade Shows Expenses for the period 0.00 0.00 h Conferences h Weddings Equity (Deficit) – End 59.00 237.14 h Weekly Meetings such as church services and clubs. 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In our continuing commitment to provide Ford July – August 2009 – Page 11 Plant Chairperson’s Report By scotty McColeman State Of The Plant At the time of writing, we have 2,923 members on the active ditions of bargaining along with gov- roll with 66 still on layoff. ernment funding. Many others will be addressing this topic in their reports State Of The Plant as well. The company informed the union in June that our site re- Six years ago, the Ford Motor Company employed in excess quires a significant improvement in quality, health and safety of 14,000 hourly members. Since that time, it has eliminated in order to stay competitive with the other Ford plants and more than half its workforce and today is down to 6,750 hourly automotive manufacturers. That being said, it was only a few members and the impending closure of the St. Thomas Assem- months ago when we were told that our quality and safety was bly Plant in 2011 will see more jobs at risk. We will be demand- improving and that in some cases, we were leading our sector. ing a long term Ford manufacturing footprint before any agree- As is the norm, it is always so easy to first blame the workers ment can be made. As our own government has walked away for all the problems. However, once you challenge the source of from the auto pact, we will have to bargain this on behalf of our the problem, things usually begin to change. members ourselves. So we asked, “What has changed?” What we learned is that parts from some of our vendors were defective and substandard August Shutdown (issues with some of the designs). Nonetheless, the company During the shutdown, the plant will be very busy with some admitted that units were being built with loose or missing parts ongoing construction. All our trades will be utilized during this while going over the list. We argued that many workstations period. As there will be some repairs the first week, during the in the plant, particularly in Final are cramped and poorly de- second week, Body will have a large production crew do some signed, making it difficult for operators to be successful in the building. performance of their jobs at all times. When our members tried On another note, after have experienced the lousy July weath- to tell management of a problem, they were told to “just ship it.” er, some might say that the company’s move of the shutdown to This does not help Ford Oakville’s cause either. Plant Chairperson’s Report – Continued on Page 13 I am sure that everyone has noticed more engineers from Dearborn visiting the site. During the week of July 27th, they will be at Trim Doorline looking over all the workstations in an attempt to fix the mess within that area, which is far overdue. The bottom line is that we informed the company that we cannot control substandard parts, design flaws, poorly designed workstations; but if given the right tools to do the job and the time to perform the tasks, we can do the job as we always have in the past. $1,700 Vacation Bonus By now, we all know that the company has moved the bonus to PP33 via a vaguely written letter one day prior to its pay- ment deadline (during our vacation period). This was an em- barrassment. As far as I am concerned, Ford is attempting to stall payment until it can get us back to the bargaining table so that it can get rid of it altogether. Obviously, its refusal to pay it when first agreed to (PP25) created anger and resentment on the shop floor, where unfortunately our leadership felt the brunt. The company should have done the responsible thing and faced our members at a town hall with an explanation for the delay. This action by the company definitely puts its credibility into question where our members are concerned. Bargaining Begins September 8th Our local, in conjunction with other Ford bargaining commit- tees will be entering into exploratory talks with the Ford Motor Company the week of September 8th in Toronto. As reported by the media, the company is requesting similar patterns to those recently bargained with General Motors and Chrysler. Both of those companies attained guaranteed Canadian manufacturing footprints and secured future product investments on the con- Page 12 – July – August 2009 A-Shift MP&L/Chassis Zone 6 Committeeperson’s Report By rob Aquino Do You Feel Lucky? There has been much debate recently over the upcoming contract North American average. The jury is negotiations. Many members talk about the lack of information. still out on some of these figures and An information meeting however did take place on Sunday, July I find it difficult to believe that the same group of employees that 19th and I would like to thank those that took time out of their turned out the Edge noted as Best in Class is reflecting such poor personal schedules to come. This meeting resulted in part due to numbers when it comes to the Flex. Nevertheless, he left us with an assembly of the leadership on Monday, July 6th with Joe Hin- the following analogy: If you were in his shoes and about to go richs, Vice President of North American operations for the Ford into a shareholders’ meeting to discuss future product allocation, Motor Company to discuss the state of the company, our plant, where would you put it? All he would say about Oakville was and the outlook for Canadian operations in general. The meet- that we were going to get a refresher for the Edge/MKX in 2010 ing took place in Windsor, which in itself appears oxymoronic and a limo/livery version of the MKT in 2012. The future beyond as Hinrichs wanted to discuss the possibility of entering into 2012 remains undetermined. contract negations amid the backdrop of a depressed community Also discussed was the fact that the Ford Motor Company has with the highest unemployment rate and the allure of one-armed not accepted any financial assistance from the government and bandits, leading me to ask: “do I feel lucky?” is thereby not entitled to a Canadian footprint. The Obama ad- At this gathering, Hinrichs discussed Ford’s $32 billion debt of ministration has in recent weeks given Ford in the U.S. $5.9 bil- which $21 billion is cash. He noted that contracts recently ratified lion for research and development for its American operations. by GM and Chrysler in Canada, as well as the contract between It should also be noted that several plants are on a one shift Ford and the UAW have placed Ford Canada workers at a signifi- operation in the U.S. while others remain mothballed. Many cant cost disadvantage as our competitive edge is eroding and we of the states are throwing money at companies just to have the are $14 per hour more costly than UAW members. This figure in- stay. Meanwhile, our own government sits on the bench like a creases as the effect of the American two-tier wage system comes third string quarterback daydreaming of the big game. into effect. It is Ford’s goal to have nine plants in North America With all the cards stacked against us – the fallout of the by 2012; two truck plants and seven assembly plants equipped economy’s global crisis, including the SARs (Stock Apprecia- for the C/D global platform running three shift operations. Hin- tion Right) forecast dropping below an unheard of nine million richs flat out stated that after 2011, St. Thomas will be finished units, two domestic competitors wiping out their debts for pen- and that the Windsor Engine Plant will cease building the 5.4 nies on the dollar in exchange for huge cash influxes by the gov- litre engine and is not necessarily going to see another to replace ernment, it would seem that our head cheerleader, Alan Mulally it. He indicated that our plant, the supposed star of the North is totally out to lunch when talking a big game in the media. American operations is faltering in numerous areas; specifically What options remain open to us? Do you roll the dice and reflected by our lack of quality in the Flex with 335 TGW/1000. take your chances? Do you think about the possible implica- Our issues with FTOVs are the worst in North America and he tions of our collective decisions and the impact not only on us noted that we are slightly more expensive by more than $300/ here in Oakville, but also St. Thomas and Windsor, and the rest unit than the North American average. Our man hours to build of the Canadian operations? Talks of concessions and opening the units are also approximately four hours more than those of the up the contract are never easy things to fathom. The alternative may be the company pulling out of Canada (as it has threatened to do). Should this be the case, can you look at your spouse Plant Chairperson’s Report and kids and inform them that you just told the company to screw off and voted away your job. That is a real possibility and ...continued from Page 12 that can happen and should not be forgotten when considering August is a blessing in disguise. So much for global warm- our future, and debating these upcoming contract negotiations ing this past July! It’s been more like global cooling. Let’s when you make your final decision whether to ratify. hope August’s weather is better for all. The Bargaining Committee is there to do what is best for the entire membership and I trust it will work tirelessly to do that to In Closing acquire a guaranteed footprint in Canada. The membership, after I would like to thank the membership for re-electing me discussion with families and colleagues must consider its best to the CAW Constitutional Convention where in the past I course of action within the parameter of all the issues facing us. have represented the interest of our membership to the best We are no longer just in competition with foreign and domestic of my ability. It is always an honour. plants, but also other plants within the Ford chain. So, ask your I wish everyone a safe and restful vacation. I can be con- leadership questions. Discuss the issues. Have a good look at all tacted at (905) 845-9451 ext. 3196 or email@example.com. the information and take a real interest in what is at stake. In Solidarity, So I ask, “Do you feel lucky?” scotty McColeman In Solidarity, rob Aquino July – August 2009 – Page 13 Zone 5 A-Shift Committeeperson’s Report By Marc Brennan Windsor Meeting Early in July, your local leadership was called to a meet- up by our members are definitely ing in Windsor with the National Union and the Ford Motor taking longer than necessary to be Company, including Joe Hinrichs, group vice president of addressed. I will continue to pursue the company to have all vehicle operations. The message given us was quite blunt issues resolved in a timely manner. – the ford Motor Company is currently $32 billion in debt and truth be told, not in as a good a financial shape as 15.26(c) the public believes. We were also told of the cost disadvan- Make sure that if you are going to be off work for five con- tage that the CAW workers pose when compared to those of secutive days or more that you seek medical attention. If you the UAW – approximately $14/hour. do not, the company has in the past shown its willingness to We are definitely in unprecedented times and I understand terminate our members under Article 15.26(c). the anger and frustration our membership feels when we 15.26 Seniority rights of an Oakville employee shall are being asked to make sacrifices in order to assure Ford’s cease for any one of the following reasons: survival. Our concern as a leadership is obviously that Ford ... (c) if the employee fails to report for duty for five (5) survives this economic recession, but also that it reinvest in consecutive working days. For the purpose of this section future product in Canada and more 15.26(c) “five (5) consecutive work- importantly for us, here in Oakville. ing days” shall not include Sat- As difficult as it may seem, the im- As difficult urdays, Sundays and the holidays portance of supporting your union during this difficult time is im- as it may seem, specified in section 25.01. (This clause shall not apply if the employ- measurable. The decisions that are the importance of ee furnishes satisfactory reasons to being made at the National Union’s the human resources department level and that of your local leader- supporting your union for such failure); ship are being made so that we will be in the best possible position to during this difficult time $1,700 Bonus protect our future. It is no secret that is immeasurable. The Ford Motor Company thought our bargaining committee will be en- it would be a wise decision to post- tering into contract negotiations once pone the payment of our $1,700 again. We in the leadership do not like having to continually negotiated bonus. This decision has been opposed by the renegotiate. That being said, we in the leadership will con- Inplant Committee and reached the level of Ken Lewenza, tinue to do everything in our power to protect the future CAW National President. The position is that said money is of our members. owed to the members and we expect the company to pay it. At the time of writing this article, our paystubs indicate it Reductions will be paid in pp33. The Chassis department underwent some job reductions in the past couple of months. All members that have been Pay Issues reduced have now had the opportunity in line with their Why do we come to work? We come to work to be paid. respective seniority to choose a job from the open job list. If you have a pay issue, the first person you should inform is I would like to remind everyone once again that the Ford your supervisor. You are expected to put parts on a vehicle Motor Company would like nothing more than to reduce as and you rightly expect to be paid for this. If your pay is short many jobs as possible, so put all of your newspapers away by 5 hours or more, in accordance with page 38, exhibit B, and follow your OIS sheet step by step. That is the best way you are contractually entitled to an impress cheque. to protect your job from being reduced! Rick Biggley and I did however, through great persistence Summer Vacation and multiple meetings have the company agree to add some This summer has seemed more like spring with all the new jobs in the Rolls Test area of Chassis. rain, but I hope that all changes as the summer shutdown starts. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing vacation. New Plant Manager In Solidarity, The Final area now has Ahmad El Masri as its new area Marc Brennan manager. He replaces Jason Shackelton and we are hopeful Committee Council Vice Chair that he will work with the union to address and find resolu- Ext. 3678 & 3335 tions to our ongoing issues. Many issues that are brought Mbrenn10@ford.com Page 14 – July – August 2009 Only GTA Dealership to win the President’s Award Eight Years In a Row WHITEOAK EMPLOYEES ARE OUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET & THIS IS HOW WE THANK YOU! omer Mississauga & O n Cust * #1 I Larges t Voluakville’s isfa ction Ford De me Sat aler* President’s Award 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 In Recognition of outstanding customer satisfaction, through progressive management, dedicated employees, and high standards of operational excellence. WE WANT TO EARN YOUR BUSINESS IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED US ASK A FRIEND OR CO-WORKER WHO HAS. * Based on Ford Motor Company’s 2007 commercial retail results. (905) 270-8210 July – August 2009 – Page 15 B-Shift Trim Report By Chris Marian simpson and szydlowski Reductions The company is still in its reduction Always know why the work is missing the company respond with a direct “No.” mode, meaning let’s throw a whole and for your protection, always inform No one in the leadership had ever been whack of leftover parts in the air and see your supervisor. If he/she is too busy to informed that it would not be paid and where they end up. The company must respond to your call light, be sure to keep every paystub reflected payment would give the employee shift to shift notice a rotation number and teletype to let him/ be in pay period 25. The company should of the changes as well as an up to date her know. If you are new to a job, have be ashamed for waiting until the last OIS sheet. The OIS sheet should be re- your supervisor go review the OIS sheet minute and then handing out some crap viewed with your supervisor so that he/ with you and be certain that you under- via a letter on Friday, June 12, 2009. We she can discuss all your issues with any stand what is required on the job before are now being told that the bonus will be new work being allocated to you prior to proceeding. If you have any concerns, let issued in pay period 33. That remains to proceeding with it. For those of you who him/her know. be seen. Keep your fingers crossed. have been reduced due to this process, Another lively issue in the plant is our In Solidarity, once the company has completed its re- vacation bonus sitting on the backburner. Chris simpson duction procedure, you will be provided This bonus has no set pay period in the firstname.lastname@example.org with an open job list to select from in collective agreement, but in the past, Ext. 3195 keeping with your seniority. we have normally had it paid in April. Marian szydlowski Unbelievable! We never thought we This was turned down by the company email@example.com would say it, but the Trim Shop, which is this year. Your leadership then requested Ext. 4720 the heart of the factory and its largest de- payment in pay period 25. At no time did partment, has been so under-staffed with supervision that it’s not funny. There are not enough supervisors and some of those that we do have, we don’t really need anyway. At the time of writing, we have two zones without supervisors and your needs and those of the company are not being sufficiently met. We have prob- lems with tooling, workstations layouts, defective parts, health and safety con- cerns, and the failure of having our vaca- tion requests returned in a timely man- ner. If you’re encountering problems in getting the answers you seek from your supervisor, then don’t be afraid to call his boss (superintendant or the MPS), as these are the people who can make the decisions for your supervisor because he/she pretty well has no say in the day to day operations in his/her zone. We have seen numerous write-ups in regards to quality issues. Do not fall vic- tim to a charge of carelessness because you have missed work while on the job. visit our website!www.local707caw.ca Page 16 – July – August 2009 A-Shift Trim Report By Mike scott Nunes and lewis As The Jobs Churn Management continues to change work happen or not. That way, all employees causing more turmoil for us. Hey, here’s elements on jobs throughout the Trim affected by this phase of reductions can an idea: “start Practicing What You Shop as it aims to achieve its job reduc- select by seniority and nobody will be Preach! You might like the outcome!” tion task. We have written about the nego- missed and put out of line. We appreci- tiated work allocation process in several ate your patience as we understand how Summer Vacation past issues of the Reporter but there still bothersome it can be not knowing which In closing, we would like to wish seems to be a lot of confusion surround- job you will be doing each day. you and your families a safe and great ing the issue. In order to alleviate some of The company preaches “stability in summer vacation. We hope the weather this confusion, we have included a copy manpower equals quality;” but practices cooperates. I (Mike Nunes) would like to of the Work Allocation Change Process the exact opposite. We continually discuss thank you for electing me a delegate to Flow Chart as part of our article. That stabilizing manpower first and getting the the CAW Constitutional Convention. way, the entire membership has a copy right people on the proper jobs; but it con- In Solidarity, for reference. tinues to change elements and reduce jobs Mike Nunes and scott lewis When you are approached by manage- ment regarding any type of job/element OAKVILLE ASSEMBLY COMPLEX changes, make sure the process is being WORK ALLOCATION CHANGE PROCESS FLOW CHART followed. If it’s not; don’t hesitate to IE to produce Move sheet (includes input from Zone Supv. MPS/Supt) contact us to enforce that it is adhered to! Familiarize yourselves with your O.I.S. IE to modify move sheet if required based on sheets and follow the process as it is writ- ergonomic issues. IE issues move sheet to zone supervisor. Both shifts zone supervisors sign move sheet and return to IE. ten on these sheets. That way any issues that arise as a result, be they ergonomic, safety or time standard in nature, can be IE completes ergonomic checklist and provides a copy addressed and resolved without delay. ERGO of checklist and signed move sheet to CAW/Company Ergonomic Rep. FAILS In the past, the launch of a new vehicle ERGO took precedent over any job elimination/ PASSES manpower reductions and they certainly OIS is updated in APT plan. Hard copy is provided didn’t coincide time wise. This new way along with move sheet and ergo sheet to zone of doing both at the same time is a disas- supervisors. ter waiting to happen. Quality and Pro- duction have both taken hits as a result. Zone Supervisor reviews move sheet and/or updated Those responsible for making these (let’s OIS with affected operators, explaining all changes (24 hour notice). re-invent the wheel) decisions had better understand that the hourly workforce can only do the best with what we have to work with and we will not be blamed for Quality Containment Setup/review all delta processes, ECB’s/TGW’s elements things beyond our control. to department quality inspectors, and/or Control Points, and/or EQI operators based on allocation move sheet allocations. Manpower Not Allocation change disputed Manpower in Trim is pretty bad right by base operator implemented now. This is the result of several factors – Implement allocation changes on #2 shift (days). Zone one being the lack of job postings, giving Zone Supervisor and IE to review entire supervisor to review OIS with affected operators. OIS hard cop placed in workstation. employees the opportunity to bid. Until allocation/method/workstation with base operator. job reductions are complete, this process implemented is limited to classifications only that are not affected by reductions. No issue Recognized issues Zone supervisors to monitor inspection elements and error There are several employees who proof (AIS box) on daily basis. Zone supervisor/MPS to provide all affected operators with adequate training. have already had their jobs reduced and Start 10 Step process Make necessary changes are waiting for an open job list to select to settle dispute from. We are currently waiting for the ALLOCATION CHANGE COMPLETED last few potential job reductions to either July – August 2009 – Page 17 Health And Safety Report By Cliff Emil sampson and Mesic #3 Shift #2 Shift Many Challenges Welcome to the summer that never was. since the last article. The first visit came first aid. If you wish to discuss or get a While we were worried about heat stress, after a work refusal that went to second copy of the results, contact our office and we should have been thinking about fix- stage and involved job allocation dis- it will be arranged. ing the roof. Instead of cold bottled water agreements based on personal medical to hand out for heat relief, we had to mop conditions. This case has gone to the On- H1N1 Flu Pandemic the water off the floors and avoid it in our tario Labour Relations Board. Another The number of people afflicted by the work areas. In the area of health and safe- visit was instigated by an anonymous H1N1 flu virus grows daily and experts ty at OAC, there was much to consider. complaint about a job reduction made predict a much more virulent version in the trim shop. No orders were issued. coming this fall and winter. Please re- Injuries, Accidents If you have contacted the Ministry of frain from coming to work if you suspect And Near Misses labour about an issue, it is usually help- or know you have the virus and please There were quite a number of injuries ful and recommended that the JH&SC is wash your hands as often as possible, as at work, but luckily and thankfully, none contacted and is involved in the issue. well as using alcohol based hand sani- were critical. Falling, tripping, and slipping tizer between washes, which thankfully on working surfaces was a major source Annual Water Testing – has now been returned to general stores. of injury; as were muscle and joint strains Bulletin 55 from job demanding stresses. There were The company did not accept our formal Confined Spaces rashes, cuts and bruises, and even a con- recommendation asking for water testing to There have been a number of situa- cussion. A worker in the paint facility was be done this year. (Corporate Safety decid- tions where certain remote areas are knocked over and dragged under a vehicle ed to “skip” the water testing program due being questioned as to their designation while crossing the line resulting in only to cutbacks this year). Our past record of as a “confined space.” The recent chan- minor injuries! Near misses with PMHVs results and the importance of the issue were ges to the confined space legislation in and pedestrians were recorded regularly. not enough to make the company test the Ontario have caused some confusion. A contractor even rolled a forklift on its water. The MOL cannot enforce a company We at the OAC will still abide by our side! Again, it was sheer luck that no one standard and not one complaint came from CAW-Ford Confined Space process. Gas was seriously injured or worse. Concrete anyone about any water fountain within the fired equipment chambers, welding in fell from an overhead guard outside of the plant since the last 707 Reporter. Either the enclosed areas and tunnels are still to be courtyard entrance of first aid! We work water quality is much improved or no one treated as confined spaces. If you find in a potentially dangerous environment. drinks the water anymore. that confined space signs have fallen off Please let us know when a near miss oc- or been removed, please let us know. curs so that it does not repeat itself later in Hygiene And Legionella Tests a much more disastrous way. The annual VO hygiene tests as Le- Workstation Changes gionella tests were conducted in July. If The launch of the MKT has resulted Ministry Of Labour you were a part of the tests, the results Health & Safety Report The MOL paid OAC a couple of visits will be in your personal medical file in – Continued on Page 19 CHANGE Of AddrEss... MOVING? Effective Date ____________________________________________________________ Master No. _____________________Soc. Ins. No. _______________________________ First Name ____________________________________________Last Name ________________________________________ Apt. No. __________ Street _______________________________________________________________________________ City __________________________Prov. __________________ Postal Code _______________________________________ Tel. No. _______________________________________ q Active Member q Retired Member q Surviving Spouse fill in and return to your steward, Committeeperson, or union Office: local 707 CAW, 475 North service rd. E., Oakville, ON l6H 1A5 Page 18 – July – August 2009 Health & Safety Report ...continued from Page 18 in numerous workstation changes. You for any reason and receive a restriction that Safety Fresh Eyes Review. This is a safe- should always have a good idea re- disallows you to do your regular job the ty review by the Master Health & Safety garding your workstation and allocation day after your injury, it is counted against Committee and other safety experts from changes before they are made. If you the plant. For this reason, it is extremely Dearborn. Unfortunately, Ford’s global find your workstation in disarray, always important that you report all your injuries fatality and critical injury statistics are ask if “safety bought this off” and ask for immediately once they occur. The more poor compared to GM and Toyota. The documentation. There have been instan- lag time between the injury and reporting audit is one step in recognizing systemic ces where the JH&SC was not involved causes raised eyebrows and potential chal- safety problems. The results of the audit in major process and facility changes. lenges to the restrictions. If you’re injured, will be discussed in the next edition of report it right away to your supervisor and the 707 Reporter. Days Away Restricted Time first aid. OAC ranks near the bottom of the (DART) pack in this rate. There are many ways to New Eye Glass Safety Policy The company has now moved on to the improve this measurable and you will be As you are aware, the OAC policy next level of measuring its plant safety hearing more about this issue in the com- on safety glasses has changed. We were performance. The main measurement is no ing weeks and months. never in favour of the mandatory glasses longer lost time (Ford has always claimed policy and this one is much more reason- to have work for almost any restriction) but Fresh Eyes Review able to our members. If you have any rather restricted time. If you go to first aid On July 28th, OAC had what is called a questions, please contact your union rep- resentative. Remember, you still must wear your safety glasses in designated areas in final, chassis, body, during any maintenance work, and driving a PMHV (with few exceptions). The easement of the rules comes while walking through walkways of the main plant and paint shop. Supervision Accident Reaction We are dealing with a serious concern regarding supervisor competency. As mentioned previously, a worker suffered a concussion and the response to his injury from his supervisor was not cor- rect which resulted in delay of medical treatment. We have had several meetings with the company on this very serious incident and we have also had consulta- tions with the Ministry of Labour. At the time of writing this report, we believe the matter is close to a resolve. And Finally... The number of calls during the last few months has skyrocketed with many calls going directly to the health and safety rep- resentative without even discussing the issues with the supervisor, especially re- garding workstation improvements. Please let your supervisor know about your safety issue immediately and then ask him or her for documentation that it is being ad- dressed. We attempt to get to every call promptly, but the number of calls some- times makes it difficult to do so quickly. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the summer and we’ll see you in the fall. In Solidarity, Emil Mesic, Cliff sampson, Mike Gibson and todd Caird July – August 2009 – Page 19 707 Retirees’ Chapter Report By Charlie Goode, Chairperson Protect Pensions I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer. See The CAW retirees have made 19 you in the fall. The retiree meetings will resume September recommendations to the Ontario 16, 2009. Minister of Finance for the annual At the time of writing this report, there is no bargaining in valuation of pension funds, for the process, but I assume we will end up with something similar first claim on assets of bankruptcy, to the GM agreement. and to increase the guaranteed benefit to $2,500 and endorse We have several important conferences this summer. The a national pharmaceutical strategy. United Senior Citizens of Ontario conference is in August. In An informative article was published by The Chronicle September, the CAW Retiree Conference and that of the Can- Herald on March 12, 2009. Please read on for its review. adian Union of Retirees and National Pensioners take place. Ottawa Must Protect Pensions recently attacked the pension rights of auto workers in the By Ken Georgetti, business press. He does so while sitting on a pension of President of the Canadian labour Congress: $1.8 million a year that EnCana estimated in 2007 would The global economy is in its deepest downturn since cost $26.5 million to fund. the 1930s. We have lost hundreds of thousands of good Canadian pensions are truly at a crossroads. Where family-supporting jobs in the past few months alone, and we go next depends on the pension values that influence the retirement security of millions of Canadians has been decision-makers. put at risk. It is now Ottawa’s turn to answer an age-old question The federal government has announced a review of in pension policy: Do we move forward together or will the private pension plans under its jurisdiction and the the government force everyone to fend for themselves? Finance Department is holding a public consultation in For the last two decades at least, the second set of val- Halifax on March 17. ues has won out on Parliament Hill. Workers plan to be there to voice their concerns and on This hasn’t always been true. The Canada Pension behalf of the 3.2 million workers represented by the Can- Plan, Old Age Security and adequate workplace pensions adian Labour Congress, I am calling on Ottawa to respond are a reminder of what’s possible when Canadians move to our pension crisis quickly and in a determined way. forward together. There is a long tradition in Canada of our governments The Canadian Labour Congress is calling upon the fed- undertaking reviews of our patchwork system of pension eral government to enhance coverage of public pensions regulations. This latest federal effort follows quickly on the in order to reduce our reliance on speculative financial heels of expert panel reviews of pensions in Ontario, Nova markets for economic security. Scotia, British Columbia and Alberta. No less than 20 such We also want a national pension insurance fund to en- reviews have taken place in the past three decades. sure that pension plans aren’t collateral damage when Typically, these reviews agree that our pension system employers go bankrupt or when the financial industry needs work, that serious reforms are required and that too sells defective investment products. many Canadians are ill-prepared for retirement. Studies We believe that these proposals will ensure that Can- are done, submitted, filed, then promptly forgotten. adians enjoy the secure pensions that they have worked The tiniest of reforms are celebrated as breakthroughs, so hard to achieve, and which will allow them to retire while the heavy work that would really guarantee Can- with dignity. adians dignity in their retirement years is left undone. If we allow a select few to hoard the pension wealth, Today, this defective process cannot be justified. Can- and allow more Canadians to fall through the cracks, the ada’s seniors and soon-to-be retirees have suffered major consequences will be dire for many of our nation’s cit- losses and are terrified to open their pension statements. izens. Too many seniors – particularly single women, First Decision-makers in Ottawa must embrace the right Nations, recent immigrants, and seniors with disabilities pension values. They can be sure that workers will be de- – continue to struggle on low incomes. manding they do so. Too many workers, particularly those in the low-wage service sector, can barely make ends meet now, let alone Dates To Remember save for their retirement. September 16, 2009 Retirees’ Membership Meeting Those at the top of the economic heap tell workers October 21, 2009 Retirees’ Membership Meeting with decent pensions to expect less, while demanding for In Solidarity, themselves nothing less than gold-plated plans. 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Sales dropped as much as 40 per-cent – worse than any other time in history. Parts-makers and dealers went bankrupt by the dozens. GM and Chrysler would have collapsed, too, without emergency financial assistance from the U.S. and Canadian governments. As you know, the CAW was required by governments Active and retired workers, (including those from Ford) gathered as a condition of that assistance to renegotiate our from across the province to rally at Queen’s Park on April 23, existing contracts. The resulting changes were painful, demanding greater retirement security for all citizens. but we fought back and achieved some important successes too: no cuts to base wages, no cuts in our pensions, and most of our core benefits were preserved. Given what we were dealing with, we held the line very well. The agreements were strongly ratified by our members; by 87 percent at Chrysler and 86 percent at GM. What about Ford? The company is clearly surviving better than GM and Chrysler – partly through smart decisions, partly through sheer luck. Ford’s new leadership borrowed heavily in 2006 and 2007 to build up a war chest to finance restructuring. Their timing couldn’t have been better: they accessed this credit just before the financial crisis hit and new lending ground to a halt. Ford’s new models have been popular. And to some extent, Ford has benefited from the problems at GM and Chrysler, capturing customers worried about the bankruptcy of the other companies. We shouldn’t kid ourselves about Ford’s situation. It is not as desperate as GM or Chrysler but it is very fragile all the same. Ford has lost money every year since 2005, losses totaling over $30 billion. It is bleeding cash heavily this year because of the recession. Its sales and production volumes in North America have been cut almost in half. Its debt is huge. It has massive excess capacity; in fact, Ford could produce its current output from half of its existing North American plants. For us in Canada, the challenge is even worse. The rise in the Canadian dollar makes us look more expensive than in the past (when our dollar was lower). UAW contract changes at Ford (including a two-tier wage system, consolidation of classifications, and the new VEBA fund for retiree health care) have reduced their hourly labour costs well below ours. Ford has cut its Canadian operations more than in half in recent years. Now it is telling us, in essence, that it will downsize even further (possibly even leaving Canada altogether) unless its costs here are reduced. The pattern bargaining system has worked very well for Canadian autoworkers in the past. Setting a “level playing field” in labour costs allows the companies to fight it out on other grounds (like design and quality), rather than pitting worker against worker. We would put CAW members at Ford at a disadvantage compared to those at other companies and compared to Ford workers in the U.S., if we did not recognize the changes that have occurred everywhere else in the Big Three’s operations in North America. After careful discussion with local CAW leaders in every Ford location, we have decided to open contract talks with Ford this fall. We will discuss various cost savings with Ford, in line with the pattern agreement that has been established at GM and Chrysler. We will not consider any changes in base wages or pensions. We will also discuss the new Health Care Trust which has been implemented at GM and Chrysler, where we get up-front cash to support the future payment Page 22 – July – August 2009 of retiree benefits (much like a pension fund) even if the employer were to go bankrupt. If we cannot reach an agreement with Ford, (including on all local issues) then our existing contract will remain in place (running until 2011). This may seem like it “avoids” the problem, but that’s not really true. We would immediately face an enormous risk of Ford shifting its future investments (including future vehicle plat-forms) from Canadian plants to the U.S. and other countries. So we are intent on reaching a satisfactory agreement with Ford, but not at any price and of course, any changes must be ratified by the members. In return for new contracts, both GM and Chrysler The “Give Flaherty the Boot” campaign was started by Ford workers made long-run commitments to a proportional at Local 200 in Windsor and gained momentum across the province of Ontario, collecting thousands of old boots from laid-off workers. Canadian manufacturing foot-print that will secure their Canadian plants (and Canadian jobs) well past the collective agreement. We have made it clear to Ford that they must make a similar footprint commitment to Canada as a condition of our contract talks. The situation at St. Thomas is especially challenging, and we are working furiously to try to identify alternative products (even in partnership with other companies) for that loca-tion. But future investments must also be guaranteed at Oakville, Windsor, and Brampton if these contract talks are to be successful. We were as angry as you over Ford’s actions concerning the $1700 vacation bonus. Ford was contractually obligated under our collective agreement to make that payment. Ford tried to hold the $1700 “hostage” to force us into contract talks. Your national and local union representatives fought back against that insulting action and the $1700 will be paid as announced. We will not engage in any contract talks with Ford until the $1700 is paid. These are worrisome times. We are frustrated and angry that workers are being blamed for an economic crisis that we didn’t cause. It was speculators and bankers who caused this crisis, not workers but we still have a responsibility to make the best of a bad situation. That means doing everything we can to protect our future job prospects, our wages, and our pensions. On July 6, 2009 top Ford officials including Joe Hinrichs, VP of Manufacturing gave a presentation to the CAW Ford leadership from all locations. His presentation outlined details in key areas including; market share, projections on sales in Canada and the U.S., product development and the financial status of the company. Following Ford’s presentation, CAW President Ken Lewenza led the group in discussion, concerning the state of Ford. Each location then held internal discussions concerning the decision whether or not to go into bargaining with Ford. All locations were unanimous that we commence discussions with Ford after our members receive the $1700 vacation bonus that was held back by Ford. The Master Bargaining Committee will commence discussions with Ford the week of September 8, 2009. We will keep you informed and updated as we move through these difficult challenges. We will keep you informed as bargaining progresses. Stay tuned for updates and please support your union, as we try to get the best deal possible. In solidarity, Ken Lewenza Jim O’Neil Mike Vince National President National Secretary-Treasurer Chair Master Bargaining Committee President, CAW Local 200 Gary Beck Dennis McGee Scott Smith President, CAW Local 707 President, CAW Local 1520 Chairperson, CAW Local 1520 Scott McColeman Dave Champagne Kim Clout Chairperson, CAW Local 707 President, CAW Local 584 Chairperson, CAW Local 584 Jeff Vilag Chris Moynahan Tim Little Darby McCloskey Chairperson, CAW Local 200 Chairperson, CAW Local 200 Chairperson CAW Local 200 Chairperson, CAW Local 200 July – August 2009 – Page 23 This photo was previously identified incorrectly. We apologize for the error. Receiving his retirement watch is Gus Koutalos, who is accompanied ● FOOT DISORDERS by Recording Secretary Dave Millar on his right, and on his left by Vice President Ron Balazs and Jenna Balazs. ● CUSTOM FOOTWEAR ● CUSTOM ORTHOTICS George Blair ● SPORTS INJURIES (L) receives his ● ARTHRITIC/DIABETIC retirement watch from Vice President, ● PROBLEMS Ron Balazs. Congratulations and ● HEEL & ARCH PAIN best wishes, George. ● CORNS, CALLUSES, ● NAIL TREATMENT Services for custom-made Orthotics (arch supports) can be billed direct Rudy Esteban (R) to Green Shield. receives the golden No physician’s referral is necessary. handshake from Green Shield Preferred Provider Vice President, Ron Balazs. We wish you well in your retirement Rudy. Domenic Rizzuto is accompanied by President, Gary Beck (L) and Vice President, Ron Balazs, who wish him a happy retirement. Leonardo Furiato (R) gets his retirement clock from Vice President, Ron Balazs. Many happy and healthy retirement years are wished him. Page 24 – July – August 2009 Retirees’ Recreation Report By val Bodiroga The Retirees’ Dinner/Dance held jointly with our Honour Roll takes place on Saturday, November 07, 2009. Tick- ets are already on sale at the Union Hall at a rate of $10 each for Local 707 retired members and $20 each for all others. Please arrange to purchase them early as they go quickly and will not be sold at the door. Remember also that the union offices will be experi- encing the summer shutdown the weeks commencing August 10th and ending Sunday, August 23rd and tickets cannot be purchased at that time. In solidarity, val Bodiroga Stan Wojnarowicz displays his retirement clock as President, Gary Beck (L) and Recording Secretary, Dave Millar ● on site specialists; including oral surgeon and periodontist congratulate him. 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While this ruary 17th, 2009, we were told by should be old news to anyone who has kept informed through National Benefit Representative our 707 Reporter, CAW websites, general and special mem- Sym Gill that the CAW-Ford Motor bership meetings, it is worth repeating as these possible chan- Company Income Security Fund was ges represent a significant impact to our plan and how we will estimated on January 31, 2009 to be view our benefits in the future. While every negotiation with at approximately $92 million. When the Detroit Three is unique, if we are to strike a similar pattern I heard this, my jaw dropped. This fund has to last the life of to that of General Motors and Chrysler, key changes we could the three year agreement and in five months, we had burned see to our agreement would be as follows: through more than half and based on my own estimates on c Monthly healthcare co-pay contributions what has been and will be paid out of the Income Security c Higher co-pays to dental, drug plan, and long term care Fund, I could see the maximum liability on the fund being met benefits as early as the spring of 2010. That would mean no more SUB c A reduced dependent scholarship tuition allowance benefits, no short work week benefits when we go home ear- c The elimination of semi-private lier, no retirement allowances, STEP coverage and reimbursement programs, etc... for Employment Insurance claw That would mean This has happened before, in the backs early 1980s, and it can happen again. c Development of a healthcare trust no more SUB benefits, Ask some senior members who to provide retiree healthcare bene- fits in the future no short work week benefits went through the experience when they were indefinitely laid off with c No pension COLA increases dur- when we go home earlier, no Supplemental Unemployment ing the life of the agreement Benefits. They have given me some c Increases to the Income Security no retirement allowances, vivid accounts. However, in the Fund to reflect the extension of the agreement to 2012 STEP programs, etc... early 1980s, it may have been easier to find what was considered similar I would like to focus on the last wages and work than it is today. bullet – the Income Security Fund, which is a dry fund that Some good news in all this is that by going into 2009 nego- in September 2008 had a maximum liability of approximately tiations, the CAW National Union had been able to increase the $198 million. It is a fund that provides all CAW hourly Ford maximum liability to reflect the extension of the agreement to Motor Company Canada employees with Supplement Un- 2012 at General Motors and Chrysler which aided their mem- employment Benefits (SUB), short work week benefits, re- berships and eased the pressure on the Income Security Fund imbursement for Employment Insurance claw backs, Income in hopes that the economy would turn around at the tail end Maintenance Benefits (IMP), retirement allowances (including of the agreement and demands on the Income Security Fund $35,000 car voucher), Special Termination of Employment would ease. Going into negotiations at this time would afford Plan (STEP) for the three year term of the agreement which us the same opportunity and extend the maximum liability on ends September 2011. this fund. This should be something further to consider when As of late, the Income Security Fund has played a critical you cast a vote at any ratification. part in all our lives as it provided when added to Employ- This is only one of the many reasons all your local’s leader- ment Insurance a top up to ensure we receive 65 per cent of ship and the National Union feel that it is imperative that we go our weekly 40-hour straight time pay during temporary lay- into negotiations now and not wait until 2011 when the fate of off from September 2008 to June 2009 and for the 64 mem- our plant will already have been determined and future product bers still on indefinite layoffs. The Income Security Fund was will have been swallowed by hungry UAW Ford Motor Com- depleted greatly in late 2008 and early 2009 due to the thou- pany assembly plants that have already given concessions des- sand plus members in Oakville and Windsor that took either perate to fill half-idled plants. Remember we have no commit- an early retirement through the $70,000 retirement allowance ments to keep production in Canada similar to General Motors plus the $35,000 car voucher program or the STEP $25,000 to and Chrysler. Yes, these are desperate times. Yes, we are in a $100,000. The fund is used to pay short work week benefits race to the bottom and we should not believe that we can just reimbursements for Employment Insurance claw backs which come to work, do our jobs, and go home and that the global have also contributed to the cash burn. economy and current recession would impact other people, but After reading the above, the question you should ask is, not us. “How much is left of the approximately $198 million that was This set of pending negotiations will be sombre ones about in the Income Security Fund that has to last throughout our our survival, taking one step back to take two steps forward current three year contract?” Benefit Representative’s Report – Continued on Page 29 Page 28 – July – August 2009 Benefit Representative’s Report ...continued from Page 29 another day. Like many of you, I have a family and chil- cine, but less access to it. dren. These concessions will hurt, but this is the unfortunate To fix the root cause of the problem, we must first reach situation we are in. It’s not going to go away if we say no out to other trade unions (teachers, public service employees, to any concessions. Negotiations however will afford us the construction, steel workers, etc.) and find common ground, possibility of a future if we can establish a commitment to e.g. free trade vs. fair trade. There are those in our nation a production footprint in Canada similar to that of General who seem to be forgotten by our governments; those who Motors and Chrysler. do not have a voice or union, who are struggling to provide When it comes time to ratify an their basic needs for their families on agreement, don’t let others decide minimum wage and who have been your future for you. When required, This is where left feeling tired and beaten. We must come out and vote, listen to your give them a voice and let them know Bargaining Committee with open we must fight for that their struggle truly is our struggle. minds and make a responsible deci- sion. When you cast your vote, think what is right for all. Then we must support a government that supports and listens to the needs not only about yourself but the broth- of its people; not the needs of the very ers and sisters you work with and their families. If we can few ultra-rich or multinational corporations. honestly do that, then we will have all taken a leadership This is where we must fight for what is right for all. We position. can’t sit back expecting our government officials and cor- As important as this set of negotiations will be, it is only porate leaders to work it all out for us because it won’t hap- a band-aid for a problem which goes far beyond our Local pen; as they will have their best interests at heart, not ours. and National Unions. The problems we face today are the If we want them to listen, it requires action by each and same that have been slowly creeping up on all workers in every one of us. We can no longer be silent in matters of Canada (unionized or otherwise) for the past 25 years. We social and economic injustice, for if we do, one day there have faced unfair trade, downsizing, more work. Less vaca- may not be any band aid solutions left. tion, more stress, less quality time with friends and family, Fraternally, more bills, but less wages and opportunities, more medi- Mark sciberras Cosmetic Since 1984, Dr.Vineet Bhandari has been providing top quality dentistry dental care in a friendly, caring environment with his team of dental professionals. Dr. Bhandari provides cosmetic and preventive dental treatments and helps his Creating Award Winning Smiles patients to achieve optimum dental health. Since 1984. 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With no auto pact On July 06, 2009 and July 07, 2009, Chrysler have negotiated in this coun- in place and the Canadian government the entire CAW/Ford leadership and the try. doing little or nothing at all to stop un- CAW/Ford National Representatives At the special membership meeting fair trade, allowing foreign automakers along with our National President, Ken held July 19, 2009, many of our mem- to bring as many vehicles into our coun- Lewenza met in Windsor to attend a bers had an opportunity to express their try as they choose, we, Canadians have presentation by Joe Hinrichs, V.P. North views and concerns about our future roll been left at a huge disadvantage. Ford American Manufacturing and Labour in the auto sector. Although most of the Canada alone has only roughly 6,000 people who took the microphone to employees remaining in this country voice their opinions were not happy with the St. Thomas Assembly Plant scheduled to close its doors in 2011. He claimed that the government once again was placing the blame for the economic Due to the global economic down- that he had no crisis and mismanagement of the turn which has resulted in a major companies on the working class rath- recession in most countries and crip- carrot to dangle er than where the blame belonged, pled the United States, many com- panies have gone bankrupt. Every and held no gun they all understood that the union’s position was to save our jobs. one of us in the auto industry has to our heads. Our membership has been kept been affected by this crisis; some well informed about the current state feeling the pinch more than others. The choice of the auto industry. For more than GM and Chrysler received govern- ment bailouts and due to this, the is entirely that a year, Gary Beck has provided this membership at its monthly meetings Canadian Auto Workers’ Union was of the CAW members. with whatever updated information forced by the government to open he has been given on the situation the collective agreements with these around the auto industry. Each and companies and take major concessions. Affairs. Hinrichs simply presented us every member has the right and respon- The CAW argued and fought every step with facts and figures on the financial sibility to attend these meetings to keep of the way demanding that our members state of the Ford Motor Company and informed. should not have to give concessions for explained that the Ford Motor Company Remember brothers and sisters that something that we did not cause. We was at a huge disadvantage in Canada we elect a leadership to lead; not to pay argued and rallied our members for no due to the concessions given to GM and lip service and we elected a bargaining concessions but in the end, the govern- Chrysler by the CAW and the financial council to negotiate the best possible ments of the United States and Canada aid given by the government. He asked agreement it can on our behalf. As I said played hardball and left us with no al- that we agree to pattern bargaining to at the July 19, 2009 membership meet- ternative but to negotiate with the com- keep the company at a fair and competi- ing, “As an elected leader of this union, panies and the government. tive level in Canada. He claimed that he I have a sworn duty to represent you, The CAW still stood firm in the fact had no carrot to dangle and held no gun the membership of this local union as a that we would not bargain away our base to our heads. The choice is entirely that whole. My personal opinions come last. rate, core benefits, or pensions. Again, of the CAW members. I stand in support of entering into nego- the government decided to play hard- After Joe Hinrichs and company left, tiations with the Ford Motor Company ball and told us there was no pension Ken Lewenza conducted an open forum to preserve our jobs in Oakville because money for autoworkers in Canada; but for the leadership to have all our ques- that is what I was elected to do. I encour- the union remained strong by rallying tions answered. He told the leadership age you to let your bargaining team ne- our members at Queen’s Park to send a that this is what we are elected for. To- gotiate what it has to say and base your loud message to the government. day is the day to stand up and state that votes on facts not rumours. Ask yourself GM and Chrysler members under- you are opposed to enter into bargaining if this is really the best time to draw our stood that they would not have jobs in with the Ford Motor Company and line in the sand?” Canada if they did not make conces- present your arguments and alternatives In Solidarity, sions. Both of these companies ratified to this leadership. Not one member of Bob scott their collective agreements with a high the leadership spoke against going into Page 30 – July – August 2009 Union In Politics Committee Report By Iain fleming A Good Time, Not A Long Time As emotions run high in our local union over the perceived like- for auto companies to produce within lihood of a patterned collective agreement reaching our Ford Canada and it is assured that our present Harper government National Bargaining Unit, many opinions have surfaced over would be content to sit back with economic data pointing to an whether this is an appropriate direction for the CAW to embark “up” tick (GDP is being used as psycho-political propaganda on. A counter resistance within our local’s rank and file mem- engineered to gain confidence from Canadian voters while at bers has reached our monthly meetings. To be clear, it is in my the same time our manufacturing sector continues to be bat- opinion important for our membership to be able to express its tered and hundreds of thousands of full time jobs continue to concerns freely and without fear of condemnation or retribu- vanish) and shrug at this possible prospect while simultaneous- tion. Our local membership is a reflection of our social divers- ly allowing continued free access to our domestic auto markets. ity, representative of individual values and expectations, a core Though this is certainly a disgrace, it seems that via popular foundation of strength within our union and thus the assurance public consent at this point, it is the unionized autoworkers of accountability of our elected leadership. who are brethren to society and our economic contributions do Having full voting privil- not appear to deserve past due eges at both the national and It is important for us all to remember that recognition or recent financial local levels of the CAW, this is contributions from the pub- the way I see it. There appears we still maintain the best and highest paid lic purse. In other words, the to be some debate amongst our manufacturing jobs in North America stage is set for a mass exodus members that the Ford Motor of the U.S. auto industry from Company is still viable at this enabling us to continue our current Canada without possibility of a juncture and that enough was individual standards of living major political backlash at the given last year to ensure on- polls. going investments here in Oakville. Unfortunately, the events Looking at the agreements reached with Chrysler and Gener- that have transpired south of the border with demands first al Motors, we note that some concessions were made. However, made by the Bush administration and then echoed by that of even with these changes, it is important for us all to remember Obama’s with respect to labour costs being comparable to those that we still maintain the best and highest paid manufacturing of non-unionized foreign transplants in the U.S. has left a lop- jobs in North America enabling us to continue our current indi- sided labour market in terms of labour costs leaving Canadian vidual standards of living. All in all, I was astounded that the operations now at a competitive disadvantage. This co-relation CAW, under the leadership of Brother Ken lewenza was is true even when comparing the newly ratified labour costs of able to uphold the core wages, benefits and pension pack- the Ford UAW workforce to that of the Ford CAW. Realistically, ages including retention of the “30 and out” provision under we as a union must ensure that our Canadian operations main- the auspices surrounding the last round of bargaining with tain a competitive advantage both in monetary as well as pro- GM, Chrysler, as well as our own government. ductive terms to guarantee future viability; for without this, we Last May, when the membership of Local 707 voted against are sure to lose investment, not gain it. In our current globalized the proposed concessions, many in the leadership felt that our economy, there are absolutely no guarantees or requirements membership was lost in disillusion of entitlement. However, I was proud of our local membership for attempting to uphold our ancestors’ long-fought gains as the severity of the approach- ing crisis was not yet clear to most. However, at this point in time, I argue that most do understand the severity and necessity of implementing an appropriate response. With the unanimous support of the Union in Politics Committee, I feel it is in our best interest to vote on the side of responsibility and realization of political reality of today’s economic climate by supporting our National and Master Bargaining Committee’s upcoming recommendations. In so doing, we will have done our part to ensure that Ford does not have its silver bullet to pull out of Canada by blaming the stubborn unions instead of the morbid reality of the current corporate philosophy that puts profits be- fore people and social responsibility. Until next time, Iain fleming Feel free to email me at email@example.com July – August 2009 – Page 31 WSIB Report By “A” Shift “B” Shift Ian and Chris Parry Mcdougall Stumbling Blocks Sisters and Brothers: (family physician) has suggested or ad- ardize your entitlement to any healthcare Since our last report, we have encoun- vised the worker not to return to work benefits. Your injury may not seem bad tered a few stumbling blocks. With the due to his/her work related injury. We or it’s not having a significant impact on growing pains of the new WSIB system, will endeavour to advise workers of their your life today. However, injuries often we now have problems with issues that rights as to who actually is responsible get worse as time goes by. The bottom were in place with the company and the for their claims and their entitlements. line is: if you have reported a work related board in regards to early and safe return injury, it’s your claim. Don’t ignore it. to work and what is deemed to be highly Forms Must Be Completed accommodated. We will work diligently As in past reports, we remain adamant FAF to overcome this issue with the company that all forms be completed fully, signed The Function Abilities Form (FAF) and WSIB. and remitted to the board whether you is used by the company to determine if The company has taken the position have a lost time claim or not. Failure to you are capable to return to work or to that it has work for any injured worker report in a timely fashion may result in a return to work with precautions (restric- even though the primary caregiver claim being delayed or denied and jeop- tions). This form should be filled out by you and the primary practitioner over- Workplace Trainer’s Report seeing your claim. If you are unsure of what, why or who should complete this form, contact our office for assistance. By rita thompson Compliance We are just wrapping up our CAW Eco- 1) Racism in the Workplace You must return all forms to WSIB nomics Issues class in the plant and it 2) Made in Canada and inform the company of your func- was a huge success! The feedback we 3) The Media tions and capabilities in assisting the received via our evaluations indicated The last two topics will tie in per- company and the board to and early that this has been the best program yet. fectly with the previous Economics and safe return to work. If you have any The timing for this course was perfect. course that was just delivered. issues or questions in regards to your It helped to give people a better under- A lot of work gets put into these claim, please call your Inplant reps to as- standing as to why things were hap- programs and the material and infor- sist you wit your concerns. pening within the economy and how mation is always up to date thanks to we were affected as workers. Bruce Robert from the CAW National Continuity On July 27th, the trainers and I were Education Department. If you have an injury that appears and at the Union Hall preparing the next I hope that everyone enjoys these then dissipates on its own, don’t ignore CAW Workplace Training course. new classes as much as we did! it. It may or may not get worse over time. This program will be presented to the In Solidarity, You still need to let the medical depart- leadership on August 31st and to the rita thompson ment as well as your family physician membership on September 1, 2009. Workplace Training Coordinator know about the problem. This creates The module is in three parts: ext. 6121 what is deemed to be “medical continu- ity.” If your injury/problem worsens over time and you have not talked to your doc- tor or first aid about what has happened to you, your claim could be denied based on a lack of medical continuity. Holidays We would like to wish everyone a much deserved, enjoyable, and safe sum- mer vacation. These are your CAW Workplace Trainers. From L to R: Carl Slade, Waj Qureshi, Rita Thompson, Yours in Solidarity, Mike Farkas, Julio Catani, Bruce Robert (CAW National Workplace Training Rep), Bill Judd, Ian Parry/Paul seguro Jan Smith, Tom Cochois (CAW National Workplace Training Coordinator), and Mike Matwyko. Chris Mcdougall/deb lefebre WSIB Reps/Alternates Page 32 – July – August 2009 Canada, Its Provinces and territories ACrOss 1 What is the capital of the Northwest Territories? 3 New Brunswick’s capital city is ______. 8 Nova Scotia is a ______ surrounded by the Bay of Fundy, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait. 9 All ______ south of the 60th parallel in Hudson Bay and James Bay belong to the Northwest Territories. 11 ______ Island rises steeply from a rocky coastline. 13 The Saskatchewan Plain has deep ______ soil. 15 The Long Range Mountain ______ the western coast. 16 Besides Regina, what other city in Saskatchewan serves as a distribution center for surrounding areas? 17 Vancouver is a growing ______ center and seaport. 20 The Mackenzie River empties into which ocean? 23 Manitoba’s two major rivers are the Nelson and the ______, which flow into Hudson Bay. 24 What is the capital of Manitoba? 25 The central section of the Rocky Mountains is marked off by the Rocky Mountain ______. 27 Joined Confederation in 1949. 29 What is Canada’s most easternly Prairie province? 32 The ______ side of Cape Breton Island is rocky and deeply indented. 34 Quebec has how many physiographic regions? 35 The geomagnetic north pole is located on which island? dOWN Sydney-Glace Bay are two centers. shape? 39 The ______ Mountains extend large what? 1 Whitehorse is the capital of 28 Johns / Newfoundland’s capital 38 British Columbia lies in what southward. what? 14 The ______ Mountains extends city. region? 42 The ______ dominate the south of the St. Lawrence. 2 The Trench contains the 30 What is Canada’s largest 40 The Alberta ______ rise close extreme north. Kootenay, Columbia, Peace and 16 The capital of Quebec was province? to the border with British 45 Cape Breton Island is separated ______ Rivers. founded by whom? Columbia. 31 A maritime plain slopes by the Strait of Canso from the 4 This area has a difficult surface 18 The Saint John River flows eastward from the highlands 41 Who made this crossword ______. for ground travel. ______. and extends along New puzzle? 48 Ontario has a ______ shoreline Brunswick’s coast from the 5 Canada’s smallest province. 19 What is the capital of BC. 43 What language do they speak in on the great lakes. southern shore of ______ Bay. 6 The highest point in Canada is 21 High mountain ranges lying Mexico? 49 The demarcation between the 33 Prince Edward Island’s capital Mount ______ at 5951 m. north to south across are found 44 What is Canada’s largest city? lowlands and the Canadian city. 7 Alberta lies in the _______ here. 46 It is bounded by the Northwest Shield crosses into _______. plains. 22 This area is densely populated. 36 This province adjoins Quebec Territories and ______. 50 A plateau lies between the and the United States. 10 The Yukon is a ______ of 26 This city is one of North 47 The plateau-like highlands Coast Mountains and the plateaus and mountain ranges. America’s greatest industrial, 37 On a map, the province of of the Canadian Shield cover ______ Mountains. 12 Halifax-Dartmouth and commercial and financial Saskatchewan looks like what ______ percent of Quebec. the winner of the May – June 2009 crossword was dino Moretto. (Please see solution on page 42). NAME ___________________________________________ Entries for the July – August 2009 crossword must be in by september 21, 2009. AddrEss ________________________________________ Please mail or send to CAW union Hall marked: _______________________________________________ Puzzle, c/o Editor, 475 North service road East, Oakville, ON l6H 1A5. PHONE NuMBEr ___________________________________ July – August 2009 – Page 33 Employment Equity Report By lina sue rondeau and teepell Employment Alternate Equity Employment Rep Equity Rep Pride Parade Good day once again Brothers and It truly was a proud moment! I Sisters. You’re probably all on vacation How can we believe the term “pride” merely reflects that everyone should be now and I really hope the weath- make any informed decisions proud of him/herself regardless of er is cooperating – enjoy and be safe! without knowing all the facts? one’s sexual orientation. It should be that way at all times. I want to A lot has happened since my last No matter what happens, thank the Pride Committee for its report. Back in June, I attended invitation. my very first Pride parade. OMG, we all need to listen. Your leadership attended a I had so much fun. The people meeting in Windsor early in July. were amazing. We had our CAW There we met with Joe Hinrichs, float and about 40-60 people attended. We also had DJ Steve Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs for and DJ Kenny spinning the tunes while the rest of us danced. the Ford Motor Company. It was pretty much a “doom and The crowd loved it and its support was amazing. I saw quite a gloom” meeting. He gave us the facts and figures reflecting few raised arms when people recognized that it was the CAW. where we stand in the larger scheme of things. I know that some of you have already voiced your opinions regarding any concessions, but we don’t even know what’s coming, so Healthy Gums how can we make any informed decisions without knowing all the facts? No matter what happens, we all need to listen. For A Healthy Smile If and when we enter bargaining, a lot of people will count on us – our families, the community, as well as other Ford locals. Does anyone remember when this membership went dr. Kelvin fung D.D.S., Dip. Perio. to bat for everyone and voted to work two weeks on and two weeks off? Many brothers and sisters took pay losses when they didn’t have to. solidarity forever! We also must realize that we won’t just be giving up “stuff.” We need to negotiate for future product to increase our much depleted Income se- Certified specialist in the treatment curity fund. This money pays for SUB, retirement packages, short work weeks, etc. The funding for these ran out back in of periodontal (“gum”) diseases the 1980’s. Talk to our senior members and ask how that went for them. Trust me, it was not good! Practicing Periodontist for over 10 years The last couple of months have been pretty interesting in in Oakville my office. I can’t stress enough the necessity for people to remain positive and as previously written. If you have noth- ing nice to say; shut your mouth and don’t say anything at all. Suite #409 Why is it so hard for some to mind their own business while 1235 Trafalgar Road others do their jobs as happy as a clam day after day with no problems? I can see we still have a long way to go. Oakville, ON If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for an- (Trafalgar Road just north of QEW) other. Dalai Lama – 1935 905-844-6984 In Solidarity, lina rondeau, Call Bev for further information Employment Equity Rep sue teepell, direct Billing to Insurance Available Alternate Employment Equity Rep Page 34 – July – August 2009 Environmental Activities CAW Local 707 Environment Report Summer has arrived and hopefully the cool rainy weather will turn By Jamie Norton around and become more seasonal for our vacation that is fast ap- proaching. Environmental activities at the plant have increased in the as that will be its 10th anniversary. recent past and the company is more frequently involving this office We discussed possible topics and cost with its assessments and implementation procedures. Additionally, savings measures along with ways to the company has also asked for my input in the aid of developing improve the effectiveness of the pro- waste management procedures – single point lessons. Hopefully, gram. It was encouraging to hear that this is a trend that will continue and not just an anomaly. the Earthday Program is returning, The first issue I want to update you on is the distribution of as it is the best community outreach the Energy Savings Kits. These are the kits from Union Gas and source we have as a union. I will keep you informed of the de- Enbridge that were supposed to be distributed in May, then in velopments as I get the information. June, and are now slated to be given out sometime in the fall. The company’s designated Environment Representative, Dave Apparently, Enbridge has undergone some restructuring and Anderson and I will attend the annual Joint CAW/Ford Environ- has to get back up to speed with this program. Information will ment Conference running July 29-31. This conference allows the be attached to your pay cheques when the time for distribution union and company to share ideas, information, successes, and approaches. However, I will keep the membership apprised of roadblocks in each facility. We will conduct a one hour presenta- the potential dates of distribution. tion of the environmental program here at Oakville, highlighting We have completed the Operator Instruction Sheet (OIS) re- our new environmental training process, waste management pro- view of the jobs in the final department and are currently await- cesses, single point lessons, and waste diversion information. ing an update for the OIS sheets and the supervisors trained I would like to conclude by wishing you and your families to deliver the required environmental training for each job. I a happy and safe summer vacation. We work hard for our time anticipate this will occur sometime after shutdown. We have off and deserve to enjoy it. If you have any questions regarding also reviewed the OIS sheets on the sealer deck in paint and environmental issues, please do not hesitate to contact me in the I am hopeful that the paint department will proceed with the plant at extension 3586. review of all the jobs in paint. From there, the plan is to move to In Solidarity, Jamie Norton all departments and assess all jobs plant wide. It has been brought to my attention that the security depart- ment has been idling vehicles around the facility when they are completing their duties. In some cases, this is necessary, but I have spoken to the people in security and they will try to limit this prac- tice. It was also brought to my attention that a number of people are also idling their vehicles in the parking lot before work and after lunch. It is not only our members doing this, but I do want to make our members aware that Oakville does have a bylaw that prohibits this act and it can be enforced. Be aware! I have received a number of calls about Premier mixing the gar- bage and recycling in gondolas when picking these items up. I have spoken to Premier’s management as well as having person- ally observed its process. Premier does pick up both items in the same gondola, but separates the items at the cardboard dock prior to disposal. In addition, Premier has recently assigned someone to pick up only recycling materials. Other waste management prac- tices that have been implemented include the segregation of card- board, which whenever possible goes into a compactor separate from the garbage and collection of wooden skids for recycling. There have been a number of complaints about the smell of the sewers emanating from Gate 12, the Chute, and the Squeak and Rattle booth. Cleaning the catch basins and flushing the sewer line with water has not gotten rid of the odour. I have been monitoring the situation with the Safety reps and we have convinced the company to input a camera in the sewer line to determine if there is a break, blockage, or other reason for this smell to be present. We anticipate this will be done in August. I will keep you informed of the progress surrounding this issue. I attended a meeting of the Earthday Coordinators’ Program on May 30th. At this meeting, we were informed that the Na- tional Union intends to revive the Earthday Program in 2010 July – August 2009 – Page 35 Local 707 55th Annual Picnic Picnic Chairperson’s Report By rita thompson And in spite of the weather ... A Good time Was Had By All! would not have the wonderful gifts Well it finally happened. Our luck ran out with the nice we do. They are: weather. After so many years of sunshine, we had a very rainy n local 707 picnic. However, in spite of all the rain, we still had 825 people n local 707 retirees’ Chapter come to our 55th picnic! n CAW Canada The wet conditions made it impossible to hold any of the n twin Oak Credit union events that usually take place so we held draws instead. We n dr. Newell – foot Clinic & were however able to complete the Egg Toss contest and al- Orthotic Centre though we were usually “frying” in the sunshine, our members n Green shield Canada got “cracking” in the drizzling rain n Natural steps and completed the toss in record n Elite dental Office numbers... and I’m not “yoking.” It n J.H. french & Company ltd. was the biggest egg toss yet and the n space Optical winners were: n thistle Printing Egg toss: n Oakland lincoln Mercury 1. Renzo and Raz Tonietto ford 2. Mike and Amy Lupton n discovery ford The winner of the Jim MacDon- n Odyssey time Inc. ald 40-and-over race will have his n Bronte village dental Office name engraved on a special plaque n Mr. safety shoes the Picnic Committee had created to remember Jimmy. This So, as we say goodbye to another picnic, we are already plan- plaque will hang at the Union Hall. Each year, the winner of ning our next one. this event will have his/her name engraved on the plaque. This I am issuing a special thank you to a very special family that year the winner is Gaetano Girardi. Picnic Chairperson’s Report – Continued on Page 37 Jim Macdonald 40-And-Over Memorial race 1. Gaetano Girardi. 2. Paula Davies 3. Owen Rodney The remaining prize winners are: Baby stroller race 1. Chris Cunningham 2. Jason Luscombe 3. Sonia Ellsworth Girls’ 8-9 races 1. Amanda Reilly 2. Sienna Anatangell 3. Tianna Stiffl Boys 8-9 races 1. Dylan Shea 2. Surkyb Jagpal 3. Spencer Lupton Girls’ 10-11 races 1. Jordan Mostboeck 2. Pearce Lindsey 3. Kell Cascagnette Boys’ 10-11 races 1. Matthew McNeil 2. Nicholas Galan 3. Mark Cascagnette Girls’ 12-13 races 1. Courtney White 2. Rebecca Robinson 3. Jasleen Jagpal Boys’ 14-16 races 1. Tyler Shea 2. Chris Burnside 3. Matthew Kampa tug of War – 1st Place Coach: Roger Elley – Team: Picnic Committee Jan Smith, Lil Heil, Sue Teepell, Kerry Hinzman, Billy O’Neill, Larry Pratt, Rick Daoust, Rita Thompson, Renzo Barbiero, Doug Myke tug of War – 2nd Place Coach: Joe Beres – Team: Me and 9 Ranko Vladetic, Phil Said, Jim Marek, Wayne Dort, Steven Gar- diner, D. Armstrong, Terry Kanas, Mike Matwyko, Brian Walsh, Paul Matwyko retirees’ draw Winners 1. Frank Lupton 2. Bob Welton 3. B. Arcard Congratulations to all the winners and hopefully, the weather will be better next year! I would also like to thank all the sponsors that generously donated to our picnic draw prizes this year. Without them, we Page 36 – July – August 2009 Picnic Chairperson’s Report ...continued from Page 36 has been working on the picnic a lot longer than I have – I will end my report by thanking the many volunteers who Roger and Judy Elley and family, with the addition of a new came with their raincoats and umbrellas and braved the hor- family member. The new member will make this the 4th gen- rible weather to help out whether it was with registration or eration “picnic volunteer” and his name is Ethan. I asked cooking hot dogs or working the ticket draws. You are all Ethan’s grandmother, Judy to writ a little family history the best and I thank you so much on behalf of my very hard of her time with the picnic committee and am including a working committee members, Chris Campbell, Wane Dort, family portrait of the four generations. Ethan was at the pic- Bert Tousignant, Paul Taggart, and myself. nic and probably the driest in his plastic covered pram, never I wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer holiday. once complaining. To Roger and Judy – thank you so much In Solidarity, for all your time and dedication for our picnics. I couldn’t do rita thompson this without you! Picnic Chair Local 707 CAW Memories We are a family with four generations having attended the pre- viously UAW, now CAW, Picnic The first picnic I attended was in 1954 or 1955 at Port Dal- housie. My father, George Sturgess would take the family to The Lady Hamilton where my mother bought a one-way ticket to Port Dalhousie for herself and the children. My dad would drive down to the picnic so that we could return home in his car. I recall winning a baby doll in a race at the age of about seven and I still have that doll today. I remember that it was like going to a carnival where everyone wore the same thing: Sailor hats and picnic shirts (which were received by all). In 1968, my father worked on picnic registrations as he had done for many years before. It was always hard to get people to volunteer, so he asked Roger to help with the registrations for a couple of hours at Crystal Beach. Roger began working at Ford Oakville in 1969. From that day forth, we have not missed a single CAW picnic. I remember my father telling Roger in 1974 that if we were Thanks go to all the past and present picnic chairs for our family’s many to get married in June, we would need to pick a date that didn’t memories – (back row) Roger, Judy, Sean Elley, (front row) Veronica, Mike, interfere with the picnic. Our two children, Veronica and Sean and Ethan Berg. have been to every picnic since birth and now our grandson at- tended his first one at the age of four weeks. Sean and Veronica Wild (Prudhomme’s Landing), Martin’s Fantasy Island (also have also volunteered to work on the picnic since the 1990s. known as Two Flags), and MarineLand. In 2004, my father, George Sturgess attended the 50th picnic The picnic chairs have contributed a lot of time and effort at Confederation Park. This was to be his last one. He passed to make each picnic special. We have seen many changes in away that August. the preparation of the picnic, like the old registration boards, In the past, our family has attended CAW picnics at Port Dal- whereon each mast number was stamped onto Bristol boards housie, Crystal Beach, Ride the Wave and Save (Toronto, Wet’n and then stamped with a dot once the members registered at the picnic. Now, with the aid of computers, it is easier and faster, but we still laugh at the old registration boards as we look back and think of the number of people and hours it took to prepare those boards. We remember times when it was cold, wet, hot, but most of all, it was fun rain or shine. The family enjoys every CAW pic- nic and hope to attend many more. If you’re a CAW member and have not been to the picnics before, we encourage you and Commercial -Residential--FREE ESTIMATES your family to attend the next one. It is never too late to savour the memories. It is a time to reconnect with past and present Snowplowing-LawnCare-Design co-workers outside of work. One is never too young or old to attend. Les Papp 905.464.1830 . Paul Howe 905.599.1189 Yours, Judy and roger Elley July – August 2009 – Page 37 universal Declaration Of Human Rights And The Freedom Of Association Article 20 Section 1 – Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and as- Human Rights Report sociation. By William O’Neill Freedom of association is the indi- vidual right to come together with other actions by greedy corporations and gov- one is an injury individuals and collectively express, pro- ernment officials. The government has to all. mote, pursue and defend common inter- brought about weak trade laws that allow ests. This provides protection for workers corporations the ability to close their fac- Update to have the right to organize and collect- tories and import their products without The Aborig- ively bargain a fair and equitable contract regard to the working class. inal Awareness with the employer. The corporations manipulate workers Day event was Over the years, we have seen unions with the fear of poverty and plant clos- successful and and more specifically the CAW make ures while offering a new found dream the Human Rights Committee looks for- some incredible strides in changing the to workers in other provinces, states or ward to expanding educational events face of labour activism in Canada, the countries who will work with less safety that help build inclusiveness and break constant pursuit to protect good full time protections, fewer wages and less control down oppressive barriers. We send a big jobs, that provide a fair wage, pension over their own fate. Thank You to all members who helped protections and respect for human rights We must unite with all workers in the bring awareness through education and in the workplace. world to demand safe respectful working fun. We have made a real impact on our conditions to stand up against corporate In Solidarity, communities, our workplace and within bullying because as we know, an injury to Billy O’Neill our government because as individuals we united in a trade union and used the collective strength of each other to de- mand safer working conditions, respect Women’s Committee Report and dignity for working class people. By Jan smith, We are a proud union that challenges racism, discrimination, homophobia, sex- Chairperson, Women’s Committee Worthy Cause ism and abilism to make our workplaces safe places for all employees. We stand united with our brothers and sisters who have retired or are about to re- McMaster’s Children’s Hospital tire in fighting to protect pensions, or with On June 12, 2009, Local 707 held a plant gate collec- our members who have faced layoff, not tion for the oncology department of McMaster Children’s only because this is right and proper but Hospital. We are proud to state that we raised $4,000. A because we demand the same protections big Thank You goes to all the brothers and sisters who and standards of living that all working gave up their time to be at the gates and to all those who class people have fought for and earned. donated to this worthy cause. It is important to talk to the unorgan- ized workers we meet in our day to day Women Activists activities and help them to understand And Women’s Leadership what unions have done for working class Congratulations to the following sisters chosen to attend the above courses in Port people in Canada and abroad. Elgin: Debra Vanasse, Linda Asselin, Sandra Cosgrove, Nichole Brennan, Steph- There are some who feel unions have anie Sheppard. outlived their usefulness, they have this il- lusion government regulation will protect Sister Peggy Nash, Assistant To The President/CAW Canada them from corporate greed. It is our duty to Sister Peggy has decided to run for the position of president of NDP party of dispel this misinformation and point to the Canada. We wish Peggy good luck. struggles and the attack of workers rights. While the right to belong to a union is Picnic At MarineLand protected, we have seen this protection re- A great day was had by our members and their families. The rain didn’t versed and used against unionized work- dampen the spirits. Rita Thompson and her committee are to be commended places in the United States with the current on another successful picnic. “Right to Work” legislation in 22 states In closing, the Women’s Committee wishes the membership and their fam- that prohibits trade unions and employers ilies a safe and happy holiday shutdown. on making it a condition of employment In solidarity, for future workers to join the union. Jan smith Unions are still facing union busting Page 38 – July – August 2009 707 Pride Committee Report Equality – That’s Our Goal The CAW Pride participation in Halton amazing work in making our work- We need a government that will add and Toronto was another great success. places and communities safer with the words, “gender identity” or “gender It has been asked many times, “Why our educational commitment to ending expression” to the list of prohibitive do they need a special day? We don’t homophobia and transphobia. These grounds of discrimination under The have heterosexual day. We don’t have a actions are small and large yet all have Charter of Canadian Rights and Free- straight Pride Parade.” made a real positive change in people’s doms and as protective categories in the Gay Pride is mostly about having the lives. It is important to remember that Canadian Criminal Code under the Hate rights and freedoms to be ourselves. those who speak out against hurtful Crime provision. We are a proud diverse group of indi- jokes, taunting or bashing are helping to We need a government that will re- viduals who are claiming the right to bring about major changes in bringing move unfair barriers to women who are safe space in our workplaces, com- about respectful workplaces and com- currently not allowed access to repro- munities, and families. We are claim- munities. We are aware progress is still ductive fertility services because they ing the right for human dignity for all required to achieve full equality, but have no male partner. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender we honour the work that so many have We need a government that will base individuals. The queer community has done to create change. restrictions on risk factors not sexuality faced oppression for many years and Each year, we gain some protections with respect to the donation of blood, the negative effects are deep. We have in workplaces and Canadian courts but organs and bone marrow missed job promotions or been fired. we have a long way to go for full so- We need a government that will deal We have been bashed or killed and we cial and legal equality. But it can be with homophobia in schools, commun- have lost loved ones due to inaction or reached! ities and workplaces; not a Harper gov- rejection. These negative consequences Equality – that’s Our Goal; but ernment that is homophobic. to hate have ignited a passion to resist How Can we get Closer? In Solidarity, hurtful actions and unite to say “never We need a government that governs the Pride Committee again.” for all people in Canada in a fair and Oakville employees have done some equitable manner. July – August 2009 – Page 39 WE GET LETTERS! Thank You For Your Generosity Thank You dear CAW 707 Members dear members of CAW local 707 On behalf of all of us from the London Crisis Preg- Today I received the most surprising and wonderful nancy Centre, we want to thank you for your generosity gift from you – a beautiful Holy Bible in memory of my and thoughtfulness in giving to the Baby Bottle campaign. husband, Jan Tomaszewicz. It is still very hard for me to We could not offer the many needed programs and servi- accept that Jan is gone. I suppose that after sixty years of ces to our clients, (our girls) without people like you who marriage, I’ll feel him around me for a long time yet. choose to partner with us. So again, know that your dona- Once again, I thank you with all my heart for remem- tions are making a difference and lives are changing and bering us. being saved. We are grateful! Krystyna tomaszewicz All of us from the LCPC loni, linda, Kim Thank You For All You Do Thank You For Generous Gifts Canadian Auto Workers union: Dear Local 707 to: CAW 707 Members Many thanks for your condolences and the beautiful Dear Gary, bible. I shall cherish it in memory of my dear late hus- It was a pleasure to have you; Ron and Nadia visit us on band, George. May 21st for the express purpose of presenting us with two Let me thank the Canadian Auto Workers Union for their cheques totalling $7,500. This money along with the food hard work, dedication, and personal sacrifice from Walter collected during the Easter food drive are just continuing ex- Reuther to our present President, Ken Lewenza. You have amples of the exemplary support we have received from Local allowed us to live in dignity in our working years and also 707 which has significantly contributed to the helping hand in our retirement. we have provided to thousands of Oakville’s needy families. Sincerely, You came on a day that we were serving our clients and Betty M. towle saw for yourself the large number of people in the waiting room. While this has been the case for the twenty years we have been caring for less fortunate families, the numbers we are currently experiencing have increased dramatically due to the current recession. Last year we averaged 342 client Our Heartfelt Thanks visits per month, but during the past six months, this has in- to CAW local 707 creased to 384. It is our hope that the numbers have peaked. The Janisch family would like to thank the CAW for the On behalf of all our 48 volunteers, I thank you for your lovely bible we received after the recent passing of our be- generous gifts and wish all the members of Local 707 a loved husband, father, grandfather, Istvan (Steve) Janisch. happy summer season. Our family was so touched by your expression of sympa- Sincerely, thy and will cherish it forever. dudley Clarke Thank you all so very much. Fareshare Foodbank Gabriella, Annette, Janet, and rita Janisch and family NOTICE – LOCAL 707 CAW NON-CONTACT HOCKEY LEAGUE START: TBD (Sept 13 or 20, 2009) TIME: EVERY SUNDAY n START TIMES: 11 AM – 1 PM PLACE: THE WAVE SPORTS CENTRE (5065 Benson Drive, Burlington) ENTRY FEE: $350.00 to $375.00 dependent upon expenditures Registration forms may be picked up fromRoy De Matos, the Plant Chair or at Local 707 Union Hall. Please return completed registration forms to Roy De Matos (chassis “A” Shift L07) along with a deposit of $150.00 no later than the deadline. DEADLINE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2009 6 goalies and 84 players are needed Open to everyone with preference granted to CAW members Page 40 – July – August 2009 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – CONTINuED FROM PAGE 40 Thank You Thank You From MarineLand to the Executive Board and dear 707 Members the Membership of CAW local 707 Thank you for being a I would like to thank everyone for the lovely Holy Bible faithful client of Marine- presented to me in memory of my husband, George Robert Land. We truly appreciate Wilson who passed away May 21st, 2009. your yearly visit. This year Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, the weather did not cooper- Kathryne Wilson ate, yet your team and your guests were very gracious. We hope to be able to host your event again in 2010. Once you have a feel for your date, please let me know. Thank You For Your Support Have a wonderful year! Best Regards, In August 2008, I lost my dad to cancer. So in June of 2009, suzanne Boutin-Irwin my family and I decided to honour his memory by partici- pating in the Relay for Life. Our team, the ER-WINNERS (my dad’s name was Erwin) raised over $1,700 in pledges with $400 of it from my co-workers alone. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made a donation to Thank You a great cause. Thank you all for your support and generos- dear CAW local 707, ity and helping me honour a great man... my dad! Thank you for the Remembrance Edition Holy Bible. Heidi James My family and I were touched by your expression of sym- pathy. Sincerely, Clare Charanduk and family Thank You to: the Executive Board and membership of local FORMER FORD EMPLOYEE: 707 Thank you for the gift of the bible in memory of my late husband, Walter Licznerski. Dr. Stan Dubickas Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Norma licznerski and family Thank You For Your Support Great I would like to thank both active workers and retirees alike Knowledge for their support during the election for the Constitutional Convention running in August. Though I was not success- Of Your ful in my bid, I appreciate your backing. With thanks, Dental Ken robertson Plan Thank You Direct Billing For Ford/CAW 707 Members to the Executive Board & and c Providing Reliable and Comfortable the Membership of local 707 CAW Dentistry For Over 27 Years Re: the late Joseph DiLorenzo c New Patients And Emergencies Thank you so much for the lovely Bible and most com- Always Welcome forting words. It will serve as a wonderful reminder of my c Extended Hours – dad’s association with Local 707. Your thoughtfulness is Open Saturdays very much appreciated. c Free Private Parking Sincerely, 398 Guelph Line Nina dilorenzo – on behalf of dilorenzo & family (905) 333-5553 just south of New Street, North of Lakeshore July – August 2009 – Page 41 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – CONTINuED FROM PAGE 41 CAW-McMaster Labour Studies The Global Financial Crisis And How Long ’Til We Recover By Michelle dubiel economy tumbled at 5.5 per cent pace in the first quarter but appears to be doing better now. The negativity in these articles The global financial meltdown resulting from greed and un- keeps the fear alive with words like “The economy tumbled” regulated U.S. banking practices is unprecedented and extreme- and “investors flee.” Since the beginning of the global financial ly fragile; although the government would like us think every- crisis last fall, fear has confused and perhaps been enhanced thing is just fine. It’s said, “Believe and it is so...” However, since headlines have kept jumping around saying we’re fine to truth be told, believe it and you’re a fool! This current financial we’re not fine. crisis unlike others in the past has far reaching and long lasting In December 2008, Stephen Harper claimed we were going impacts. to be fine here in Canada. However, in January 2009, Statistics The mess was created by Wall Street where a paper money Canada showed 129,000 unemployed. Employment decreased economy became very lucrative for some and devastating for by 42,000 in May, led by further manufacturing losses in On- others. The problem began in the unregulated U.S. banking tario. The unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage points to industry where unsecured mortgages were sold to people who 8.4 per cent – the highest rate in 11 years. Since the employ- hadn’t qualified for mortgages. The loans were then resold ment peak of last October, employment has fallen by 363,000 worldwide along many differing financial avenues including ac- or 2.1 per cent These stats are real and some believe the worst counts specifically for toxic loans that inevitably stopped being is yet to come. repaid and the global financial market fell. Consequently, the So, as we brace ourselves for the worst, what hope can we real economy was severely damaged in 2008. The real economy have in an economic recovery? The capitalistic framework of hasn’t seen layoffs and job losses in the U.S. this large since doing business is not in good shape. How many more people like World War II. Bernie Madoff need to be jailed and held accountable for their A scramble to fix the mess in the U.S. started with $1.2 tril- acts of evil? On June 20, 2009, Bernie Madoff was sentenced to lion of taxpayers’ money to bail out the banks and what’s fright- 150 years or a lifetime for his $50 billion Ponzi scheme, which ening is the lack of transparency for what was given to whom. destroyed the lives of many people. What’s highly disconcert- U.S. Federal Vice Chair, Donald Kohn was grilled by Con- ing is that he did this for 20 years before being caught. gressman Alan Grayson when testifying before the Financial No one seems to have the answer for how to fix this mess. Services Committee and tried to defend the idea that the recipi- I believe in order for the global financial crisis to move to a ent of this bailout should remain secret. He did not answer one recovery stage, we need to begin by restoring confidence in the question in the six-minute tape and instead danced around the economy. A good start would be legislating strict regulations questions with words leaving one feeling quite angry. on the banking industry and perhaps even nationalizing it for Following is a short excerpt: Donald Kohn: “The money was accountability and simple fairness. Also, we need an account- lent to banks, investment banks spent on lending through the able watch dog to keep an eye on governments, businesses, and commercial paper market, foreign central banks that lent dollars banks. That’s all a tall order and therefore, I understand why the to their banks to take pressure off the U.S. dollar market.” He World Bank recently claimed this will be a slow recovery. was then asked, “Which institutions received it and how much Michelle dubeil for each institution? Donald Kohn: “I don’t know which institu- tions received it but by category of institutions. That’s captured solution to the July-August 2009 Crossword in our balance sheet.” He also stated he would hesitate to give the names of the institutions receiving the money because this football would undermine the utility of the facilities that were the re- cipients. It is hoped that you have a chance to view the full six minutes by going to U-tube and simply typing “Donald Kohn.” Statistics Canada reports the fall in gross domestic product at a negative decline from that of the previous year (2007), which was at 3.0 per cent and down to 3.5 per cent in 2008. With these types of facts, it’s clear we are not doing well and the stock market proves this since it continues to go up and down like a see-saw indicating a lack of confidence in the market. Headlines like “Green shoots trampled as investors flee” help keep fear in the forefront of our minds. 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