Looking back over a 42-year career in the Canadian trade union movement — a journey that took him from a Chrysler assembly line to the national presidency of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union — what stands out most for Ken Lewenza? It's the connection between shop floor organizing and community life at large.
In this audio documentary, produced by Ottawa writer Stephen Dale, Lewenza speaks of the labour movement’s continuing relevance to Canadians as a force within communities -- championing causes that benefit society as a whole, promoting beneficial policies, and working to improve conditions in the places where people live and work.
Thanks to the University of Windsor for its archival recording of Ken Lewenza accepting an honorary degree in the Spring of 2013.
Twelve Canadians is a multimedia series about women and men who’ve been devoting their lives to social, economic or environmental justice, and to the healthy development of Canadian communities and the world. Each episode examines a specific issue or situation, through the voices of people who’ve been active in that area. Lots more than just twelve. Thanks to CKUW, University of Winnipeg Radio, and CFUV, at the University of Victoria, for their support in creating this episode. To see the whole series, go to www.greenplanetmonitor.net
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