A TRIBUTE TO BARRY FOWLIE, CANADIAN DIRECTOR
Where does one begin to adequately describe the life of a Labour Leader who dedicated his life to elevating the lives of the working class?
Barry entered the ranks of the working class at the age of eight as a newspaper boy and delivering milk for Victoria Dairy by horse wagon. The horse’s name was June. Barry left high school and worked at a number of jobs becoming a member of Teamsters, International Paperworker’s Union, Rubber Workers, Graphic Arts International Union and finally with Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers, UNITE, UNITE HERE, and Workers United. Barry has a long history as a Health and Safety/Workers Comp rep. He is an injured worker with three permanent impairments. In 2002 Barry became UNITE’s Canadian Education Director and developed many tool box courses to enable our members to fight back against employers. In 2011 Barry was elected Workers United Canadian Director and was acclaimed again in 2016 and 2021.
Barry Fowlie was also an International Vice President of Workers United and a Trustee of the Workers United Pension Plan and the Health and Welfare Plan of the Workers United Canada Benefits Trust Fund. Barry worked at Owens Corning in Guelph.
Barry sought members who had leadership skills in the rank and file; he’d then encourage, mentor and develop the skills he saw in the member so they could take on various roles in their Locals and the Union. Building leadership and organizing the working class to elevate their standard of living was central to Barry’s motivation and made him the great leader he was. Barry was patient in dealing with issues he was confronted with, always looking for the solution. His forward thinking of organizing, building and growing the Union kept Barry steadfast at the helm and Workers United Canada Council’s successful.
Barry passed on Saturday November 13th, 2021.
Expression of condolences can be sent to the union office and we will pass them on to his family.
Workers United Canada Council
2800 Skymark Ave. Unit 10A,
Email: [email protected]
More details to come about a public memorial service.
Workers United Canada Council will host a virtual memorial service. More details to come.
Barry will be missed greatly but be always with us in the lessons he taught us.
Respectfully submitted by: John Helson
Photos submitted by: Susan Taylor