Winston Gordon’s three decades of outstanding service to the members of UFCW Canada was recognized when he was presented with a Local 1006A plaque.
Gordon has worn many hats in his time with UFCW Canada, from organizer, union representative to local union president (Locals 531W and Local 1993).
"I was surprised but at the same time, grateful for this recognition by President Wayne Hanley and our great union,” said Gordon. “Making life better for all workers has been my life’s mission and I am thankful for my union for giving me the opportunities and to the many union representatives who have helped me along the way.”
President Wayne Hanley presented Winston with the award.
"On behalf of UFCW Canada Local 1006A, I am proud to congratulate Winston on this well-deserved award,” said President Hanley. "Winston continues to tirelessly dedicate his life to serving the members of UFCW Canada, and we are stronger as a union because of his hard work, community outreach, and leadership. Winston, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do on behalf of our great union. With your tremendous commitment and service, you have made a difference in the lives of workers across this country.”
Winston’s involvement with the union movement dates back to the early 1980s when he worked on an organizing campaign at HBC (which was then Simpsons). At HBC, he worked as a material handler responsible for quality control. From 1987 to 1998, Winston served as President of UFCW Canada Local 531W and also assisted UFCW Canada’s national office, helping organize, negotiate contracts and servicing units. In 2000, he was hired on staff with the National Office.
During the 2000s, Winston became president of UFCW Canada Local 1993 through a merger with Local 531W. He served in this role until Local 1993 merged with Local 206 where he then became a union representative. While Winston announced his retirement earlier this year, he continues to help the local union as a union representative.
In addition, Winston sits on the board of the UFCW Minority Coalition, which strives to develop a unified voice, and promote diversity and inclusion within the labor movement. He also sits on the board of Faces of Our Children, an organization which raises awareness and funds in the fight against Sickle Cell Anemia. Winston said President Hanley’s commitment to community outreach inspired him to become more active.
"It’s more important than ever for unions to reach out to the communities our members are from. We have to let people know about the good work our great union is doing, and how we are on the frontlines fighting for workers’ rights and livelihoods.”
As for award, Winston said he hopes his involvement in the labour movement will encourage workers of colour to become more involved with their union.
“This movement is for people like us…workers of colour…and I hope this award inspires the next generation of workers coming up.”