Omar Murray recognized with award for union activism

With over 30 years of activism, Omar Murray was recognized with the CUPE Saskatchewan Award for Union Activism on the closing day of convention in Saskatoon.

Omar Murray began his union activism when he organized the Maple Creek bus drivers and became the founding president of CUPE Local 4754; a leadership role he continues today. CUPE Local 4754 represents educational support staff, including school-based support, facility maintenance, bus drivers, and technological information staff at the Chinook School Division. Omar has also been instrumental in organizing several other locals of education support workers in the southwestern corner of Saskatchewan.

For many years Omar has been active in the CUPE Saskatchewan Education Workers’ Steering Committee and serves as the sector chairperson, representing over 7,000 CUPE education support workers in Saskatchewan’s K-12 education system.

In addition to advocating for CUPE education support workers, Omar’s union activism is not limited to CUPE. He is also involved with the Union of National Employees (UNE), a component union of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Omar has been the President of the UNE Local 40340 representing Parks Canada employees for many years.

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