CAW Presents Award to 'Youngest' Union Organizer

    TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - Today CAW President Buzz Hargrove presented
Sudbury resident and retired worker Jack Quenneville with an award of lifetime
achievement for his commitment to social justice and workers' rights.
    Quenneville, 81, is a lifelong activist whose union activities recently
took an unlikely turn when he signed up the workers in his Sudbury retirement
residence where he lives with his wife Lillian. Once he learned that they were
not unionized and had numerous workplace concerns that were being ignored by
the employer, he contacted CAW Local 598 and met with a local community based
organizer and proceeded to sign up the workers there, who voted to join the
CAW in October.
    Quenneville, a former Mine-Mill worker and WWII veteran, addressed the
more than 800 delegates gathered at the CAW Council in Toronto. The Council is
considered the parliament of the union.
    Quenneville was an active union member and was one of the casualties of a
wildcat strike at Inco in 1967. This past summer, he supported women strikers
at TD bank and despite his limited mobility and poor health, he spent many
days on the picket line.

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For further information: CAW Organizer Director John Aman (cell), (416)

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