Niagara Loses a Tireless Champion for Working People

Ed Gould – 1953 – 2020

Words of Tribute from a Bruce Allen, a friend and fellow unionist in Niagara, Ontario

Posted May 28th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ed Gould in 2013, with one of the many awards he received over the years for his humanitarian work and advocacy on behalf of working people

This Tuesday, May 26th,  the working people of Niagara lost one of its most outstanding militants and leaders. Ed Gould was an active trade unionist and leader for nearly three decades dating back to 1990 when he was a Skilled Trades Shop Committee person and member of the CAW – GM Master Bargaining Committee.

Over the following two decades Ed was a major figure in the local labour movement including the St. Catharines & District Labour Council. Ed was its President in 1998 at the time of the St. Catharines Day of Action/General Strike putting him at the forefront of that mass mobilization.

In his later years Ed went on to become the Chair of the Unifor Niagara Skilled Trades Council, member of the CAW Local 199 Executive Board and a Health and Safety Rep for several years.

Very few people in the labour movement were as committed to the cause of advancing the interests of the working class as Ed Gould was. Stalwart activists and leaders like him are few and far between especially today. Ed also stood out by courageously opposing contract concessions in the auto industry.

Ed passed away wearing his St. Catharines Day of Action t-shirt. His departure is a real loss for us all. Mourn for the dead and fight for the living.

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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