Harry Simon was born on 15 July 1909, in Russia, the son of Sam and Rachel Simon. He immigrated to Toronto in 1924 with his parents, and in 1930, he married Eva (née Millman). Together, they had a son named Morris.
Simon was most active in the field of labour-management relations. At the age of twenty, he represented the Fur Workers Union as its business agent, and went on to act as an organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, a Canadian representative of the International Leather Goods Union and the American Federation of Labour. He served on many conciliation boards and helped settle numerous industrial disputes. He was considered to be the youngest labour leader in Canada.
Simon was actively involved in the community as the regional director for the Canadian Labour Congress; on the regional council of the Canadian Jewish Congress; chairman of the Jewish Labour Committee in Toronto; vice-chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Toronto Labour Council; affiliated with the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Independent Workers' Circle, the Fur Workers Union, and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters of America; on the Executive of Histadrut; and on the Board of the Borochov School.
Harry Simon passed away on 22 December 1993, at the age of 84.
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Item is a portrait of Harry Simon.
Simon, Harry, 1909-1993
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