From the archives: Remembering Cape Breton labour leader Winston Ruck
He was the first Black person to become president of Local 1064 of the Steelworker’s Union
Winston Ruck was active in the trade union movement in Cape Breton for 32 years.
He became the first Black person to be elected president of Local 1064 of the Steelworker's Union in 1970. He would later become Area 5 representative of the United Steelworkers of America.
He retired in 1988, disillusioned with the state of the steel industry in North America. Following his retirement he provided guidance to the Black United Front in its work for African Nova Scotians.
Ruck died in 1992 at the age of 69. This video obituary by George Garland aired on Aug. 17, 1992.
The report contains still images of Ruck and interviews with Rev. Vincent Waterman of the African Orthodox Church and fellow unionist John Callaghan.
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