John Millholland, OHCOW’s Sarnia Clinic LAC Chairperson will be this year’s Bud Jimmerfield Award recipient.
Bud Jimmerfield was a tireless Health and Safety, Environment and Workers’ Compensation activist, not just at his workplace but at other workplaces and in communities from coast to coast. Bud worked as a machinist for 31 years, exposed every working day to cancer causing metalworking fluids at an auto parts plant in Amherstburg, Ontario. He contracted esophageal cancer in 1996 and died 18 months later at age 49 and leaving behind his eight children and wife Diane. Before he died, Bud charged union activists with an important responsibility “don’t mourn my death, fight for the living and do your best to try to prevent future occupational diseases, death and injuries from occurring.” The Windsor OHCOW clinic was successful in support of Bud’s compensation claim.
At the triennial Constitutional Convention, the Bud Jimmerfield Award will be given to an outstanding union member to recognize eligible health, safety, environment or workers’ compensation fighters. This activist must have shown leadership, commitment in helping fellow workers and participated in activities beyond their workplace that do their best to prevent future occupational diseases, deaths and injuries. Eligible health and safety, environment or workers compensation activists must be active Unifor members and be nominated by their Local union leadership or Local workplace leadership.
Congrats to John.