Gerry LeBlanc has been involved with the labour movement in Canada for nearly four decades. All that time was spent as a local union activist or employee of the United Steelworkers (USW). After working in the mining industry in western Canada for twenty years he moved to Toronto to coordinate the Steelworkers Toronto Area Council’s injured Workers Program. This program assisted USW members dealing with workplace injury or illness in areas such as: all levels of appeals with the compensation system, return to work and labour market re-entry.
In 2012 he moved to the USW national office to head up the Health, Safety and Environment Department.
Gerry has also been involved in international solidarity work in health and safety as well as environmental justice. He has been attending the UN climate changes talks since 2007. He has been involved in health and safety projects with labour and community partners in South America and Southern Africa including serving as a consultant to an occupational health and safety training centre in Maputo, Mozambique from 1993-1995.