Leaders in our midst
He is a Black Canadian and a strong SEIU Healthcare activist. He got involved with his union to make a difference for the members in his workplace.
“I want to give back to the members who have helped me so much over the years,” he said. “I have an autistic child and they have helped me countless times with my childcare issues.”
Whenever he brought his son to work, Michael’s colleagues would always try to help him out. They would take him out to lunch and make his son feel comfortable in their workplace.
“One of the best parts of being an SEIU activist is engaging the members. Talking to them about union values. I try to keep that bridge open with the members.”
“We are fighting for justice and fairness in the workplace. We are trying to get people out of poverty and to help them put food on their table.”
What is the most important aspect to being an SEIU activist?
“You need to have the passion, dedication and willingness to help others. That is the key thing. You don’t become a steward for yourself. You do it to help others. Even though I am a chief steward, it’s not about me. It’s about the members and the union as a whole.”