|Circa 1935: John Moynahan in the arms of his father Ernest Moynahan |
with his mother Rhea (Coughlin) Moynahan and sister Patricia Moynahan
|Left to Right: John, Bernard, Ernie Jr. Ernie Sr. and Patricia Moynahan|
|Left to Right: Rhea (Coughlin), Ernie Sr., Ernie Jr., Patricia and John Moynahan |
on Marentette Ave., Windsor, Ont
|Left to Right: Ernies (Jr and Sr) Patricia, Rhea (coughlin) and John Moynahan.|
The Early YearsJohn identified himself as "The son of a Ford Canada worker" and a "typical Irish Catholic kid who grew up on Erie St."
|John Moynahan's father Ernest Moynahan working|
at Fords Windsor, Ontario
"When he was nine, he began packing potatoes at a grocery store and continued working there through high school. But that job, plus a paper route provided both a boost and the downfall to his academic career.
Moynahan said he always wanted to go to assumption High School but his parents couldn't afford the tuition. In Grade 10 he went anyway, using his part-time job to pay the tuition.
All went well until he and many other students failed Latin and the school decided to hold tutorials after regular classes - meaning he wouldn't be able to work and pay his tuition.
At that point he went to Tech and began his career as a tool and die maker."
"He was eleven years old when he witnessed the historic 1945 strike at Ford almost on his doorstep. In an interview (in 1981), he recalled going to the soup kitchens on Drouillard Road.
|1945 Ford Strike - Windsor Ontario|
The strike succeeded but Moynahan was tabbed as a ringleader and he had to learn the fine art of negotiation with the nun in charge."
|Left to Right: Dan, Elizabeth, Shirley (Brazeau), Lorri and John Moynahan |
on Arthur Rd, Windsor.
Son Chris (not in picture) was born later and was a CAW labour activist.
(Picture taken c 1961)
President UAW/CAW Local 195
He was concerned with the way apprentices were handled and saw the union as a vehicle to express his opinions.
His interest grew as he attended union education courses, but he admits he learned more through talking and arguing with seasoned union leaders."
He started as a Plant Chairman at Dominion Forge before becoming Local 195 President.
"He moved through the ranks of his local and in1971 he was elected vice-president. A few months later, the locals President Bob St Pierre was appointed an international representative in Detroit, and Moynahan found himself at the helm.
John served as the UAW/CAW Local 195 President from 1972-1983; served as an international representative for Sarnia-Dresden-Chatham-Wallaceburg in 1981; and served as the Windsor Region Director of the CAW from March 1982 until his death in 1987.
|Source: Library and Archives Canada|
This photograph (above) depicts the Canadian Collective Bargaining Conference held in Toronto on April 10th and 11th, 1976. The conference was held by the United Automobile Workers union who, at the time, represented auto workers in both the United States and Canada. In 1985, the Canadian division would break from this group and form the Canada Auto Workers union which represents auto workers in Canada to this day. The purpose of this conference was to set the general direction for each section of the union and in this case to also protest the wage controls that were being enacted by the Trudeau government at the time. The conference was attended by union representatives from both Canada and the United States. From left to right: Frank Fairchild (Administrative assistant), John Moynahan (President Loc. 195), Robert White (Administrative assistant) and Dennis McDermott (Canadian director of UAW).
Dennis McDermott went on to become the president of the Canadian Labour Congress - Congrès du travail du Canada (CLC) from 1978 to 1986 and Bob White was CLC president 1992 to 1999 (Shirley Carr was president in-between 1986–1992)
Health and Safety Activist: Asbestos
This resulted in a precedent-setting decision where the Ontario's Worker's Compensation Board paid a worker who "may have gotten cancer at a Windsor factory."
|Ivy Masse, wife of Nelson Masse at public forum |
Montreal Gazette July 23, 1979
|The Argus Press Jul 20, 1979|
1980 NDP Candidate
Non-profit Social Housing Advocate
|John Moynahan Co-operative Homes, Windsor, Ontario|
|John Moynahan 1934-1987|
- Union Path Wasn't His First Choice (Windsor Star Jan 2, 1981)
- CAW Local 195 - 70 years (1936-2006)
- CAW Local 195 Celebrating 75 Years Part 1
- Pure White: Asbestsos: A CAW scrapbook
- Dust to DUST to Dust: Asbestos and the Struggle for Worker Health and Safety at Bendix Automotive by Robert Storey and Wayne Lewchuk, Labour/Le Travail, 2000
- Select Committee on Plant Shut down and Employee Adjustments (1981) Case Study 6; Bendix Plant; John Moynahan UAW Local 195, President
|Windsor Star Saturday Profile Jan 1981|