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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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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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Janice Gairey

A FAMILY HISTORY OF ACTIVISM Gairey’s civil rights activism can be traced back to her great grandfather, Thomas John Holland, who escaped slavery on a plantation in the United States, swimming across the Niagara River to freedom in 1852. He was joined by his older brother, William Henson Holland, in 1860. Their family roots in the United States reach back to at least the late 1700s. A document shows Polly, born in 1797, was sold, under her first name only,

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June Veecock

As a founding member and Chair of the Ontario Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and a committed member of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, June championed the case of a group of Black and Visible Minority nurses which brought the first successful case of systemic discrimination on the grounds of race to the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 1994. June retired as Director of Human Rights and Race Relations, Ontario Federation of Labour, Toronto.

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