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Yolanda McClean

An experienced leader and champion in the fight for equality, Yolanda McClean the is CUPE National’s Diversity Vice-President and is the 2nd Vice President for CUPE Ontario. She is a progressive voice for change and inclusion in CUPE, the labour movement and the community.  Yolanda has developed strong anti-racism programs for workers of colour in CUPE sectors across Canada. Yolanda is the president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, providing a strong voice for black worker within the trade union

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Chris Ramsaroop

Article and photo from www.nfu.ca (National Farmer’s Union). Chris Ramsaroop is an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers. He is also an instructor in the Caribbean Studies Program at the University of Toronto and a clinic instructor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Ramsaroop is working to complete his PhD at OISE/University of Toronto. Justicia for Migrant Workers is a grassroots activist collective that has been organizing with migrant workers for nearly 20 years. Justicia’s work is based on

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Hassan Yussuff

Hassan Yussuff is a Canadian labour leader and president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Yussuff emigrated to Canada from Guyana as a young man to work as a heavy truck mechanic[1] and soon found employment on the plant floor of CanCar, an automotive parts manufacturer, in Toronto[2] where he became a member of the Canadian Auto Workers. Within a year, he was elected plant chairman of Local 252 of the Canadian Auto Workers and later was elected plant chairman of the General Motors Truck Centre. He later served

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Marie Clarke Walker

Marie started her career working in a home for the elderly, later with adults and children with developmental disabilities, as a counsellor and family-support worker in Toronto, and once again at the School Board as an Early Childhood Educator working with children with disabilities. She rose rapidly through the ranks of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and eventually became CUPE Ontario’s Equity Vice-President and her union’s first-ever national Diversity Vice-President. Marie made history in 2002 when she was

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Winnie Ng

Winnie Ng is a Labour rights activist and scholar with a deep commitment to anti-racism, equity and worker empowerment. She is the immediate past Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson- the only union-endowed Chair in Canadian universities. Winnie is a former union organizer with immigrant workers in garment factories and hotels. After serving as regional director with the Canadian Labour Congress from 1998-2006, Winne returned to the academy to complete her doctoral program. Her research focuses

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