Bud Jimmerfield Award 2012

October 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EST


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Nominations for the 2012 Bud Jimmerfield Award for outstanding contributions in health, safety, the environment or workers' compensation are being sought.

The award, named in recognition of the late Bud Jimmerfield, CAW Local 89 president, is made each year at the CAW's December Council meeting.

Bud gave a moving address to CAW Council in December 1997. He only had a few months left to live. Bud was a machinist for 31 years and was exposed every working day to cancer causing metalworking fluids at an auto parts plant in Amherstberg, Ontario. He contracted esophageal cancer in 1996 and died 18 months later at age 49, leaving his wife Diane and eight children.

In his December 1997 speech, Bud charged delegates 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.

Bud was a tireless health, safety and environment and workers' compensation activist and the annual award is named in his honour.

Eligible health, safety, environment or workers' compensation activists must be CAW members and be nominated by their local union leadership or local workplace leadership. Nominees must have shown leadership in helping fellow workers and also have participated in activities beyond their workplace.

Nominations for the Bud Jimmerfield Award to the CAW Health and Safety Department must be received no later than Friday, November 9, 2012.

For more information contact the CAW Health and Safety Department at cawhse@caw.ca

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