Christine Collins

2008 to 2017

Social justice was always a part of Christine Collins’ life. In 2005 Christine became the first woman National Vice-President and in 2008 was elected the first woman UCTE National President.

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Mike Wing

1999 to 2008

For over 10 years, Mike Wing has been a social activist with UCTE, PSAC and the National Capital Region (NCR).

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Robert Desfonds


When people refer to social activists, they refer to a fire – a spark to fire justice. This quest for justice on behalf of Canadian workers has always been in the heart of Brother Robert Desfonds.

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Robert Cox

1981 to 1993

It all started when Robert Cox became President of Local 80829 at the Halifax Airport. In 1981, he was elected President of the Union.

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William Freifeld

1978 to 1981

William Freifeld was born in 1927 and died, aged 88, on June 26, 2015. He was a Second World War veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Guy Jacob

1972 to 1978

Guy Jacob became president of UCTE at the 1972 convention; he was twice re-elected to the office, in 1975 and 1978. Before the union was founded in 1966 Guy was already active in the labour movement.

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Percy Bourne

1971 to 1972

An important pillar of the union, Percy Bourne, a former UCTE National President, began his involvement with the Montreal Airport Local as a radio operator.

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John McLermon

1969 to 1971

John McLermon was the President of the Canadian Union of Transportation Employees for a term of 3 years. Prior to joining UCTE, Brother John already had an interest in social justice.

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Dave Rush

1968 to 1969

Dave Rush, a former UCTE president. The first elected UCTE President was also from the Dorval local. At the 1968 convention, Brother Dave Rush ran and won.

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Don Bennett

1967 à 1968

Don Bennett a été le tout premier président de l’Union canadienne des employés des transports. Il a commencé à travailler en 1959 pour Parcs Canada sur le canal Rideau.

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