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Memorable Manitobans: Kamil Michael “Kam” Gajdosik (1937-2003)

Union leader.

Born at Dufresne on 9 November 1937, his family later moved to Winnipeg. He worked in construction and became involved in the union and management sides of the industry. In 1974, he helped to found the Teamsters, Operating Engineers, Laborers Council and was its secretary treasurer and, as of 1979, its President. He was the founding member and Negotiating Chairman of the Manitoba Multi-Trade Union Group. In 1987, he became the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Labor Relations for the Construction Labor Relations Association of Manitoba, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. He was the New Democratic candidate for St. Boniface in the 1969 provincial general election but was defeated by Liberal Larry Desjardins. In 1990, he was appointed by Prime Minister Mulroney and the Minister of Employment and Immigration to report on training programs for people on Unemployment Insurance (Employment Insurance). He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He died at Winnipeg on 12 October 2003.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 2003.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 June 2017

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