Napoleon Gomez has dedicated his life to protecting the rights of everyday workers through union democracy and overall human rights. In 2012, he was voted President of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic. Before his ascent to presidency, Mr. Gomez was unanimously elected as the General Secretary in 2002 for a six-year term. He was unanimously elected again in 2008, serving 12 years as the General Secretary for the National Miners´ Union in Mexico.
Aside from his union responsibilities, Napoleon Gomez also partakes in various organizations dedicated to human rights and the protection of workers rights. He is on the executive committee of IndustriALL Global Union, which is considered the most authoritative union organization, containing 50 million members from all over the world. He also works closely with the United Steelworkers Union of North America, among other notable organizations worldwide.
In 2011, Napoleon Gomez was awarded with the AFL-CIO’s prestigious International George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award. That same year, he earned nominations for the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights and the Edelstam Prize, a prize dedicated to an individual’s outstanding devotion and courage for standing up for Human Rights.
In 2006, Mr. Gomez was bombarded with numerous threats for his dedicated efforts to improve workers’ rights in Mexico. For the safety of his family, he relocated to Vancouver, Canada and sought permanent residency there. On June 30, 2014 he was granted Canadian Citizenship by the Canadian Government and today Mr. Gomez has dual nationality. He continues, to this day, directing Union activities and developing solidarity for improved working conditions in Mexico and all over the world. Napoleon Gomez is a consistent contributor to La Jornada, the most democratic and liberal newspaper in Mexico. Mr. Gomez utilizes this platform to illustrate his concerns over inequality, corruption, and security in Latin America and other less developed countries. His current responsibilities as a Union President of the Mexican Republic include developing new proposals, strategies, and social economic models to help promote a fair working environment in the lives of everyday people.
Mr. Gomez not only works to improve working conditions in Mexico, he also allocates his time in improving the lives of workers in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His aim is to influence domestic policy, which will hopefully, in-turn, influence international policy. Napoleon Gomez has been focusing internationally for the last 10 years, hoping to recreate labor expectations in countries where working conditions are poor. By meeting with international corporations and union leaders, Napoleon Gomez aims to voice international solidarity for worker laws and human rights.