Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

November 16, 2009 14:47 ET

CUPE Pioneer Gil Levine Will Be Missed

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2009) - The following statement was issued by CUPE Local 79, which represents more than 18,000 employees of the City of Toronto, Bridgepoint Hospital, and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Gil Levine," said Ann Dembinski, president of CUPE 79.

"A member of CUPE Local 79 during the 1950s, Gil joined CUPE's predecessor organization, NUPE, as a researcher. Eventually he became director of CUPE's Research Department, which he built to legendary status. During six decades his influence upon CUPE and the Canadian labour movement was profound and immeasurable. He will be deeply missed."

"We extend our sincere condolences to his family. He helped make Canada a better place."

Former CUPE Local 79 president and National President Emeritus of CUPE, Jeff Rose, added, "Gil Levine was a deeply intelligent and passionate individual whose support for the struggles of working people for a good income, decent working conditions, respect on the job, and a caring society was principled and unwavering. No one has had as much influence on the development of CUPE as Gil Levine. He was a good friend and a giant of Canadian labour history."

Contact Information

  • Ann Dembinski
    416-977-1629 x 231
    or
    Jeff Rose
    416-482-3994