Canadian Union of Public Employees, Chinese Workers Network
After studying and working in the United States, David Lin immigrated to Canada with his wife and two children, settling in Toronto. David first began working in a restaurant before earning a news translator position at Ming Pao Daily, a Chinese-language newspaper that was relatively new at the time. In 1998, he started working at the Toronto District School Board as part of its International Languages program. It was here he took notice of the collective agreement won by CUPE 4400, which would set his interest in unions as a way to fight for fairness and justice. Over his career, David has continued to extol the virtues of unionization for working people, particularly in the Chinese-Canadian community. Now semi-retired, he also is a member of the Chinese Workers Network, part of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council.