Gordon Gregory Obituary, Death – With deep regret and a heavy feeling in our hearts, we must inform you of the passing of a family member who has been with us for more than a decade. The passing of Gordon Gregory occurred on the 10th of December in 2022. He began his service to the Union and its members in 1968 and will remain in that role until his retirement in 2021, at which point he will have held the position of General Counsel. Throughout his impressive legal career, Gordon was known as a pioneer who was both severe and innovative. This reputation followed him even after he retired. He was honored with many accolades and honors in recognition of his accomplishments in the legal field.
The oral arguments that he presented to the United States Supreme Court in 1972 directly led to the precedent-setting ruling that the National Labor Relations Board rendered against Burns International. The decision mandates that successor employers must acknowledge an already established union and take part in collective bargaining with the group if certain conditions are met. His contemporaries in management, arbitrators, and representatives from a variety of administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), held him in extremely high regard and greatly admired him.
His contemporaries in management also included arbitrators (EEOC). In addition to Gordon’s excitement for the legal profession, he placed a high importance on the time he spent in the classroom. During the course of several years, Gordon led workshops on Saturdays at Macomb County Community College that focused on labor unions and other topics relating to labor. His capacity to instruct extended to our members and delegates, who participated in his seminars on “Steward Training” and “Grievance Processing” while attending Constitutional Conventions and Security Summits.
His ability to teach was exceptional. These incidences took place in every single country on the planet. Gordon was a remarkable instructor who has amazing talent in the listening arts. The audience members at his lectures were strongly encouraged to take part in the subsequent discussion. Kindness and gentleness were oozing off of him. The passing of our amazing longtime friend, brother, and counselor has left the SPFPA family in utter disarray, and we are deeply saddened by the news. During this trying time, we are thinking about Gordon’s wife Joyce and the rest of his family. Our sympathies are with them.