IAM District 78 | May 8,2024

Ben Erhuns Osakue has been appointed to the position of Business Representative at District Lodge 78, marking history as the first African Canadian male to hold any servicing position in the IAM in Canada.

Born in Nigeria, he moved to West Germany and then to Canada. With 34 years of experience in the healthcare industry, he has worked in various positions such as healthcare aid (PSW), RPN, and RN in different healthcare facilities.

In 1999 Osakue joined the Spectrum Health Care team and held several different positions there- leading him to his union involvement, at a local level on the negotiation committee, as a steward for the nurses and at the district lodge as Central Chairperson. He also served as Conductor Sentinel and Educator.

Appointed by Directing Business Representative of DL78, Eric Johnston, Osakue is completing the remainder of retired representative Jim Snider’s term. “Osakue was appointed to the position after years of loyalty, dedication, and hard work as central chairperson. Osakue’s steadfast commitment to the membership’s needs has more than prepared him for the position.” Eric Johnston commented.

For more information:

Eric Johnston,

IAM District 78

Directing Business Representative

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