July 22, 2008 / 7:57 PM / 10 years ago

CAW sets date to elect president

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will hold a convention on Sept 6 to elect a new national president to replace current union head Buzz Hargrove.

The convention will take place in Toronto and the new president will take over immediately after the election, the CAW said.

CAW executives endorsed Ken Lewenza for the job earlier this month, while his two main opponents dropped out of the race.

Lewenza has spent the last 14 years as president of CAW Local 444, which includes the Chrysler minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario.

The CAW represents more than 250,000 workers across several industry groups, including about 60,000 in the auto sector. The union has been hurt by layoffs and plant closures at the Canadian operations of General Motors Corp (GM.N), Ford Motor Co (F.N), and Chrysler LLC, which is owned by private equity group Cerberus Capital Management CBS.UL.

Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Peter Galloway

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