Volume 95, Issue 85

Thursday, March 14, 2002
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Union boss talks labour at Western

By Tait Simpson
Gazette Staff

There is no one quite like a union boss to generate some controversy with a crowd.

Speaking yesterday at Western's faculty of law, Buzz Hargrove discussed labour relations in the new economy, criticizing free trade and the provincial government for damaging the Canadian economy.

Hargrove, president of the country's largest union, the Canadian Auto Workers union, came to London at the request of the Western Labour Law Society.

Attempting to dispel the myth that unions are a thing of the past, Hargrove gave a lengthy introduction to help those in attendance grasp the full scope of what unions do for Canadians.

Hargrove told the audience that globalization to him meant greed and power for those who already have money and hurts the masses of people who need help in the new economy.

The CAW, he said, believes in managed trade and social unionism, which means while its strength comes from its members, the union is working for the greater national good.

"All over the papers this month are headlines telling us that Canada is leading the march out of this recession," Hargrove said. "Talking to union members who have lost their jobs because of plant losses, it doesn't feel like we're marching out of any recession."

Matt Wilson, president of the Labour Law Society, said he was thrilled to have Hargrove visit the law school. "We had a great turnout, which lead to great questions at the end.

"This was our premier speaker for the year – it resulted in a highly effective debate, which was our goal," he said.

When asked why he would take time out from his busy schedule to speak to students at Western, Hargrove responded, "I love it. These students always ask great questions and hopefully, I can convince some of them to get involved in labour law and defend labour interests."

Michael Cormier, a Western law professor, was impressed by Hargrove's lecture. "I'm a pro-union person, but he gets tough questions from this crowd and always has great answers," he said.

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