Profile: Ramon Antipan arrived in Edmonton from Chile as a refugee, fleeing the Pinochet coup of September 11, 1973 during which he was arrested. In Edmonton, Antipan was exposed to racism and other challenges facing immigrant workers. He worked in restaurants and construction, but inspired by Jean-Claude Parrot who had been jailed for defying back-to-work legislation, Ramon decided he wanted a job organized by that union, and went to work for Canada Post in the Edmonton Mail depot in 1985. He was active in CUPW Local 730, serving as a shop steward, and then as President from 2003 – 2007, during which time, he was instrumental in bringing the Rural Delivery drivers into the Union. He was also Chair of the Alberta Federation of Labour’s Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee. Ramon remains active in the labour movement. He was named life member in CUPW 730, and has taught union stewards in that union and for the Edmonton and District Labour Council. Ramon continues to work for social justice in the broader community as well as in the Latin American and Chilean community.
Keywords: Alberta Federation of Labour; Canada Post; Chilean community; Chilean Coup, 1973; CUPW Local 730; Human Rights; International solidarity; Local President; Prison; Racism; Refugee.
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