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CAW-HARGROVE
(2008-07-09)
(wgvu) - - Canadian Auto Workers President Buzz Hargrove is
retiring.
Hargrove in March will turn 65, the union's mandatory retirement
age for any officer or staff member. He says he'll step down no
later than September 15th.
During his 16 years as president of Canada's biggest
private-sector union, Hargrove fought to retain workers' high wages
even as the country lost thousands of auto jobs.
CAW membership soared under Hargrove -- from 170,000 members in
1993 to 250,000 in 2008 -- as the CAW merged with the Service
Employees International Union and other groups.
But at the same time, the union was hemorrhaging auto jobs. The
CAW had 46,000 members from major automotive companies in 2000.
That total has fallen to 32,500.
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