Cana­dian labour leader Bob White dies

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM / GAMES -

Cana­dian labour leader Bob White, who was in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing the Cana­dian Auto Work­ers union, has died at the age of 81.

White, who passed away Sun­day in Kin­car­dine, Ont., led the move­ment that saw the Cana­dian branch of the United Auto Work­ers break away from its Amer­i­can par­ent in the mid-1980s to es­tab­lish the CAW.

His death was an­nounced by Uni­for — cre­ated in 2013 from the com­bi­na­tion of the CAW and the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, En­ergy and Paper­work­ers union — which said he “passed away peace­fully’’ with­out spec­i­fy­ing the cause of his death.

“Bob was a true mav­er­ick in the Cana­dian labour move­ment,’’ Uni­for pres­i­dent Jerry Dias said in a state­ment.

“The CAW was born as a re­sult of his de­ter­mi­na­tion and lead­er­ship, it is thanks to Bob that we have grown into the strong na­tional union that we are to­day.’’

“Bob White’s legacy is a stronger and more eq­ui­table Canada, and a labour move­ment that stands up for Cana­dian work­ers.’’

White was elected the CAW’s found­ing pres­i­dent in 1985, and again in 1988 and 1991 — dur­ing a pe­riod of time when the union was at the height of its power, rep­re­sent­ing most of the Cana­dian em­ploy­ees of the big U.S. au­tomak­ers.

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