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CAW faces boycott over Port Elgin wind turbine

A Port Elgin community group has launched a boycott of products and services from companies employing CAW members, to protest a wind turbine being erected by the union in town. ...That includes auto makers, airlines and retailers organized by the CAW.

A Port Elgin community group has launched a boycott of products and services from companies employing CAW members, to protest a wind turbine being erected by the union in town.

The group, known as STOP, will target any workplace where members of the Canadian Auto Workers are employed, said spokesperson Karen Hunter.

That includes auto makers, airlines and retailers organized by the CAW, she said. In Port Elgin itself, the group is calling for a boycott of the CAW banquet hall, the town's biggest facility for social events.

STOP is worried about the impact the turbine will have on the health of residents, and on property values in the town on the shore of Lake Huron, a big tourist and summer cottage centre.

The $2 million turbine, which has already been the target of protests and picketing, is now under construction on the CAW's family education and conference centre in Port Elgin.

The boycott is asking local residents to tell their family and friends about the campaign, and will roll out more tactics as time goes on, Hunter said.

It won't be easy for everyone to avoid products made or handled by CAW members, she acknowledged.

"Our objective is to raise... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A Port Elgin community group has launched a boycott of products and services from companies employing CAW members, to protest a wind turbine being erected by the union in town.

The group, known as STOP, will target any workplace where members of the Canadian Auto Workers are employed, said spokesperson Karen Hunter.

That includes auto makers, airlines and retailers organized by the CAW, she said. In Port Elgin itself, the group is calling for a boycott of the CAW banquet hall, the town's biggest facility for social events.

STOP is worried about the impact the turbine will have on the health of residents, and on property values in the town on the shore of Lake Huron, a big tourist and summer cottage centre.

The $2 million turbine, which has already been the target of protests and picketing, is now under construction on the CAW's family education and conference centre in Port Elgin.

The boycott is asking local residents to tell their family and friends about the campaign, and will roll out more tactics as time goes on, Hunter said.

It won't be easy for everyone to avoid products made or handled by CAW members, she acknowledged.

"Our objective is to raise awareness and educate people about what the CAW is doing," she said.

CAW president Ken Lewenza said he has no second thoughts about the turbine, but said in an interview that, in hindsight, the community should have been given more information as it was being planned.

He said a boycott might hurt the town, where the CAW centre is one of the big employers.

"I would ask the citizens to reconsider," he said.

"If the CAW is weaker, then the CAW centre is weaker, and the economic developments of the community are weaker," he said. "But if citizens take that position, we don't have a lot of control."

The turbine is being built under rules that have been superseded. Current regulations call for turbines to be at least 550 metres from the nearest dwelling.

But 60 or more homes lie within the 550-metre radius of the CAW turbine.

Town council rejected the turbine, but was over-ruled by the Ontario Municipal Board.


Source: http://www.thestar.com/arti...

JAN 27 2012
http://www.windaction.org/posts/33096-caw-faces-boycott-over-port-elgin-wind-turbine
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