Officers of Local 2
David Bridger, President
Prior to being elected to President, David Bridger was the Vice-President of SEIU Local 2 Canada since 2010. David has been involved in labour representation for the last 20 years at his original employer Labatt, having held many positions from steward up to including President of his SEIU Branch Local until leaving to join SEIU Local 2 on a full-time basis in 2012. David has spent many years heavily involved in dispute resolutions, Human Rights, Workplace Insurance, Return to Work, and contract negotiations. Additionally, David has become certified to instruct workplace insurance training courses and has taught classes on numerous occasions.
Tom Galivan, Secretary Treasurer
Tom is currently the Secretary Treasurer of SEIU Local 2, a position he has held since 2010. Tom became active in SEIU over twenty years ago as a shop steward and member-organizer in SEIU Local 204. He held the position of Lead Organizer in SEIU Local 220 and Service Representative with SEIU Local 528 before joining SEIU Local 2 as the Director of Organizing in 2005.
In addition to directing the Union’s organizing efforts, Tom is a member of the SEIU Property Services Division Leadership Board, a Trustee on the SEIU Local 1 & 2 Benefit Plan and most importantly oversees the Justice for Janitors campaign; a movement that has raised employment standards for workers in the janitorial sector across the country.
Mary Hart, Executive Vice President
Mary joined SEIU Local 2 in January 2007, Mary graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1987. Since her graduation Mary has worked in labour law on behalf of trade unions and their members. In 1985 she joined the law firm of MacLean, Chercover in Toronto. From 1990 to 1995 she worked with the firm Cavalluzzo, Hayes, Shilton, McIntyre and Cornish.
For the past ten years Mary has worked as a sole practitioner representing trade unions as counsel. Her practice has also included representation of health care professionals on professional discipline matters
Kumar Ramcharran, Vice President
Kumar has been a member of this union for 30 years .During this time he was Plant chairperson, Branch Local President, sat on the Executive Board, Health and Safety co-chair.
He also represents many of our membership when they encounter difficulties with their claims for workers compensation from Workplace Safety & Insurance Board and Employment Insurance.