CAW Local 3003 Member Wins 2012 Dick Martin Award

July 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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CAW Local 3003 member Tony Zienkiewicz was recently presented with the Dick Martin Award at the Manitoba Federation of Labour Convention.

The Dick Martin Award recognizes dedication to the betterment of occupational health and safety for all workers in Manitoba. This award is one of the Manitoba Federation of Labour's (MFL's) highest honours and commemorates the hard work and dedication of the late CLC Secretary-Treasurer Dick Martin in establishing the MFL Occupational Health Centre.

Tony Zienkiewicz has been a union activist since 1974 and is employed at New Flyer Industries where he is a production electrician. Tony was at one time a union appointed member of the New Flyer Board of Directors (when it was a Crown Corporation), until it was privatized.  He has held many positions in the union from local president to unit chairperson and co-chair of the safety committee as well as chair of the bargaining committee including worker advocate for WCB and EI.

Tony's education regarding workplace health and safety began with the CAIMAW union under the direction of its executive and Cathy Walker, retired CAW Health and Safety Director. It continued with the CAW at the four- week PEL and health and safety conferences and workshops.

Tony has served on the MFL Health, Safety and Environment Committee since 1993 and has presided over the annual MFL - National Day of Mourning Candelight Service for more than 10 years.

Tony has served on the City of Winnipeg Environment Committee as a Labour delegate and has been a volunteer speaker for the Safe Workers of Tomorrow for 15 years. In addition he is active in the NDP as a member of the St. Norbert Constituency.

"The four week PEL was a life altering experience - it helped to prepare me to be able to understand the issues concerning workplace safety and health and to be able to initiate solutions for change. It taught me that workers' rights are human rights," Zienkiewicz said.

CAW Manitoba Area Director Tom Murphy said Tony is a tireless advocate for greater health and safety in the workplace. "Tony sets a tremendous example and inspires everyone around him to fight for healthier and safer workplaces at all times," Murphy said.

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