Ken Georgetti

President

Ken Georgetti’s career has taken him from union pipefitter to the longest serving President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for service to his country and province.

Under Ken Georgetti’s leadership since 1999, the CLC membership has grown by 750,000 new union members to represent 3.3 million workers.

Ken comes from a family of union activists in Trail, B.C. and served as BC Federation of Labour President for 13 years before leading the CLC. 

Ken has helped modernize the operations of the CLC, ensuring labour became more representative of the changing face of the workforce.

Ken’s record of accomplishments at the CLC includes:

  • Passage of the “Westray Act” that holds corporate executives criminally responsible where negligence is responsible for workers’ deaths on the job – following Nova Scotia’s Westray Mine tragedy where 26 miners died in a methane gas explosion in 1992.
  • Winning federal legislation that for the first time protects workers in employer bankruptcies so their wages and pension contributions come first over any other creditors and equally as important – that no bankruptcy judge can unilaterally alter an existing collective agreement.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of labour’s political action, with the election of more than 1,200 union-endorsed mayors, city councillors and school trustees winning in municipal elections in recent years and major gains in federal and provincial elections for labour-friendly candidates.
  • Pushing the labour movement to make a unified stand against the export of deadly asbestos and to push for a just transition program for Canadian workers affected by the winding down of the asbestos industry. 

Ken’s contributions to labour and the community have also earned him the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service and the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to Canada, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 that honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

In 2011, he was named a Life Literacy Ambassador by ABC Life Literacy Canada.