Ryan Ermet is a Red Seal Journeyperson Welder and Heavy Equipment Technician. Ryan’s father was the Vice General Chair of Western Canada for his Union and taught him the importance of unions on the shop floor and in society, and about the power of the collective. Ryan’s father has been his biggest influence in his career and really set the stage for what he does today.
Ryan’s first job was picking up golf balls with an old tractor at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Jasper is also the home of his favorite past job, guiding fly fishing trips on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.
Since then, he has spent over a decade of working on Heavy Equipment and being involved in all aspects of his union by holding multiple elected positions. For the last 5 years, Ryan has been the Coordinator of Western Canada for a health care union representing health care workers. It was through these experiences that Ryan honed his skills in labour relations and negotiations.
Being a Business Agent for IUOE Local 955 marks Ryan’s first job with the Union as well as the beginning of his membership.
As a Business Agent Ryan strives to make a positive difference in the careers of members and to build strong solidarity within the membership; “Representing workers and making their working lives better is what I strive to do every day.”
When it comes to safety, Ryan believes all workers deserve to work in a safe environment that helps ensure they return home to their families and friends.
“I am honored and excited to be working for the members of the IUOE Local 955.”
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