Bud Jimmerfield Award 2009

October 15, 2009, 11:11 AM EST

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The CAW Council meeting in December of 1997 included a moving address by CAW Local 89 President Bud Jimmerfield, who at the time had only a couple of months to live.

Bud had contracted cancer of the esophagus from exposure to metalworking fluids during 30 years of work at an automotive parts plant. Bud, along with his wife Diane and his eight children, urged council delegates to not mourn his death, but fight for the living. He asked all to do their best to prevent future occupational diseases, death and injuries.

Bud was a tireless health, safety and environment and workers' compensation activist and it's for this reason CAW Council established the annual Bud Jimmerfield Award to recognize the contribution of an outstanding CAW Health, Safety, Environment or Workers' Compensation activist. The award is made each year at the CAW Council meeting in December.

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

Nominations for the Bud Jimmerfield Award must be received by the CAW Health and Safety Department no later than Friday, November 13, 2009 at 205 Placer Court, Toronto, Ontario, M2H 3H9, fax 416-495-3785 or email cawhse@caw.ca

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