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Charan Gill

PHOTO: From an article on The TyeeCAPTION: Charan Gill’s activism spanned the co-founding of the Canadian Farmworkers Union, establishing of a national anti-racism organization and creating and heading the thriving Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society. He died Feb. 2, age 84. Photo posted to Twitter. Charanpal Singh Gill OBC (17 June 1936 – 2 February 2021) was a Canadian social activist and South-Asian community leader in British Columbia. Through his work, he focused on improving the living conditions, wages, and working conditions of

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Megan Whitfield

“Never underestimate the power of a woman. As the world is on fire we will burn, but we will rise and we will accomplish and achieve.” – Megan Whitfield Megan Whitfield embodied all of these characteristics and so much more, and the void her passing has left at CUPW, and within the labour movement, will never be fully filled. Megan began her career at Canada Post in 1998 as a postal clerk at the South Central Letter Processing Plant in

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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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Fred Upshaw

Photo and article from OPSEU A legendary trade unionist has died. Fred Upshaw passed away peacefully March 1 at his home in Oshawa. He was 81. Upshaw was the first Black person to lead a major Canadian trade union, serving as President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) from 1990 to 1995. “I had the privilege of serving on the Executive Board under Fred’s leadership and considered him a great friend,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU.

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