Class Politics at Work: Ernie Tate at CUPE Local One

Although best known as a leader in the anti-war movement and the anti-capitalist left, Ernie Tate was also a union leader. In this article, nine retired Toronto Hydro workers share their memories of Ernie during his years as a leader of CUPE Local One. He played an important role as strategist and mentor during a period of turbulent struggles waged by the local.

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Rob Fairley was an electrician at Toronto Hydro 1972 to 1995 and president of CUPE Local One 1987 to 1995. He is co-author of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council Campaign Planning Handbook and is author of Achieving a State of Readiness. Both are available at