The Executive Board of Liuna Local 183
By Luis Aparício | Photos by Marcelo DiGiovanni
The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, awarded Jack Oliveira, who runs North America’s single largest construction union (LiUNA Local 183), the Portuguese Order of Entrepreneurial Merit.
The ceremony took place at the National Palace of Belém in Portugal at the end of last year and was attended by the union’s executive members.
After the ceremony, the President of the Republic briefly recalled Jack Oliveira’s career and thanked him for his hard work and dedication in delivering high standard services to Portugal.
The General Union of Workers (UGT) said in a statement that the award “bestows a great trade unionist, a Portuguese immigrant, born in Murtosa (Aveiro), who dedicated his life to the trade union movement and to the world of work as well as to the rights of Portuguese workers in Canada.”
President of Portugal, right, and Jack Oliveira at the National Palace of Belém in Portugal.
Jack Oliveira has been a member of LiUNA Local 183 for over three decades. Besides this achievement, he has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, understanding better than anyone what it means to roll up the sleeves and get the job done right.
Under his leadership, in the role of Business Manager since 2011, Local 183 recorded the largest growth in the shortest period of time, along with better benefits for active and retired members. The union now has more than 55,000 members.