On April 26th, Brother Ken Hord, President of Local 310 was presented with the Julius Deutsch Veteran Award by John Cartwright, President of Toronto & York Region Labour Council at their 2nd annual awards evening.
Ken has a long history of community and labour activism starting with his mobilization of Hamilton tenants in his apartment complex against rent increases many years ago. He went on to help organize workers at another factory owned by the same company when he was a member of the United Electrical Workers of America. Ken took part in the very first pilot project of the Union Counsellor Program through the Hamilton Labour Council. He earned his Labour Studies certificate at night school from McMaster University.
His community activism saw him engaging in campaigns such as being a founding member of the Hamilton Whole Foods Corp., working against apartheid on the South African Solidarity Committee, on a committee to organize bank workers and also a campaign to bring attention to ending violence against women.
When life brought him into Region 3 and into the fold @ OPSEU, he was elected Treasurer of Local 321, served as Steward in Locals 310 and 313 and is currently President of Local 310, a very large composite local made up of 10 different Government Ministries. Ken is now Chair of the Orillia Service Area Council.
Ken’s contribution to his community and to his union are worthy of the kind of recognition that the York Region Labour Awards were established to provide. OPSEU can be proud of the tireless efforts of activists like Brother Ken.