Retired CAW President Ken Lewenza has been inducted to the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Honour Roll for 2015 in recognition of his years of contributions to the province’s labour movement.
“I would like to thank and acknowledge the OFL and those responsible for the nomination and selection process of such a honour. There are a lot of more deserving union activists then I and I would have no problem taking a back seat to them,” Lewenza said.
Lewenza’s name will be added to a plaque for Honour Roll members, and two scholarships handed out in his name for 2016.
Lewenza, who began his union activism with Local 444 at the Windsor Chrysler, rose to National President of the CAW, and guided the union to a merger with CEP in 2013 to form Unifor before retiring.
He remains active, including as national task force advisor for English Canada for Unifor’s Local Union Task Force project to revitalize Locals.