CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux officially dedicated the CUPE Kingston area office as the J Ed. Scott Building at a special ceremony honouring local labour activists on October 4.
J Ed. Scott, a long-time labour activist who established the CUPE Kingston Office in the early 1970’s - organizing and serving area CUPE members until he retired in 1996, joined Généreux.
The ceremony also included a special dedication of the two office boardrooms as The Anderson Boardroom and The Dumbleton Boardroom, in memory and recognition of the life-long work of Sister Madeline Anderson, one of the first women CUPE staff representatives in Kingston, and Sister Linda Dumbleton, a local activist out of Queen’s University and a long-time CUPE staff representative in Kingston.
Surrounded by families and friends of the three local activists and local CUPE members, Brother Généreux honoured the past labour leaders by saluting their achievements and thanking them for paving the way for current and future labour activists.
“Without the soul, passion and dedication of Ed, Madeline and Linda, this building is just another building made of bricks and mortar,” said Généreux. “Now we can proudly call this the J. Ed Scott building, officially recognizing the life-long work of Brother Ed and Sisters Madeline and Linda.”