In memory of Aline Audette

Aline Audette, a labour leader and activist who committed over 30 years to advocating for hardworking families and helping her co-workers, passed away on October 31. 

Aline started as a kitchen aide at the St. Boniface Hospital in 1984, then moved into housekeeping and went on to take the health care aide course. During her time at St. Boniface Hospital, she used her experience as a rank-and-file union activist to help her co-workers. Aline became a shop steward, a negotiating committee member, and a long-term vice president of UFCW 832’s executive board. 

In 2003, Aline became president of UFCW Local 1869, when St. Boniface Hospital members formed their own Local. Aline held that position until Local 832 and 1869 remerged in 2016. From 2016 until her retirement, Aline continued to represent the members at the St. Boniface Hospital in her position as Local 832’s health care co-ordinator and union representative. 

“Aline was the person who got me involved in the labour movement and her passion for working people was inspiring. She always led with a kind heart, but was fierce and tough on the issues when she needed to be. She had unmatched strength and commitment for the members.”

Marie Buchan
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW 832

“Aline made a tremendous contribution to our Local, our members and their families throughout her years. Our deepest condolences go out to her husband, sons and their families who have lost such an important person in their lives.”

Jeff Traeger
President, UFCW 832