Unifor members gathered at the D-J Composites picket line in Gander were shocked to hear of the sudden death of fellow member Louise Leaman-Corbin, from Local 2216 in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
“On behalf of all Unifor members and staff, we send our love and support to Louise’s family and friends,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias after hundreds of picketers paused for a moment of silence on the picket line.
Leaman-Corbin and her husband had traveled from their home in Kentville to attend a massive demonstration in the Newfoundland town. She spent two days supporting locked out workers before she reported feeling unwell Friday morning.
Dias lowered the Unifor flag on the picket line to half-staff to honour her, as many members wept, overcome with grief.
“Louise was a true union activist with a heart of gold,” said Dean Tupper, former president of Local 2216 and long-time friend. “She worked in a tough industry and would do whatever it took to look out for her colleagues. She will be deeply missed.”
Leaman-Corbin was often called “Mom” by her coworkers and fellow bargaining committee members. The dedicated union activist was 64 and leaves behind a husband, four children and hundreds of union sisters and brothers who miss her dearly.