Fredericton: The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) appointed CUPE Representative, Gordon Black, as Regional Director for the Maritimes region.
Gordon Black has been involved with CUPE for more than 33 years; first as a member in the late 1970s while he worked for the Department of Transportation. He became a shop steward in 1978 and Area Vice-President in 1986. He served as the CUPE 1190 Treasurer in 1989.
In 1992, Gordon Black took a position as a CUPE servicing representative for New Brunswick. Before becoming the Regional Director, he was the head negotiator for the nursing home workers and the hospital workers.
Gordon Black said he was looking forward to the challenges of this position, which there will be many. “Unions have a very positive impact on society. Most of the benefits workers receive, whether they are union members or not, came from the continuing struggle of Unions”, said Black.
“CUPE and Unions in general are facing unprecedented attacks. Labour unions are the last line of defense for working people and we need to build solidarity”, concluded Black.