Ontario Federation of Labour – 1st Affirmative Action Women Vice Presidents

The leadership role played by the OFL Women’s Committee was crucial to winning this first affirmative action policy. The Committee organized a grassroots campaign and promoted an analysis linking affirmative action in the workplace with affirmative action in their unions. In 1982, the OFL Women’s Committee drafted a discussion paper on affirmative action titled “Our Fair Share.” The five newly-elected vice-presidents were (left to right): Carrol Anne Sceviour, United Steelworkers; Ev Sammons, Ontario Public Service Employees Union; Edith Johnston, United Auto Workers; Jean Robertson, United Food and Commercial Workers; Julie (Griffin) Davis, Canadian Union of Public Employees.

The leadership role played by the OFL Women’s Committee was crucial to winning this first affirmative action policy. The Committee organized a grassroots campaign and promoted an analysis linking affirmative action in the workplace with affirmative action in their unions. In 1982, the OFL Women’s Committee drafted a discussion paper on affirmative action titled “Our Fair Share.” The five newly-elected vice-presidents were (left to right): Carrol Anne Sceviour, United Steelworkers; Ev Sammons, Ontario Public Service Employees Union; Edith Johnston, United Auto Workers; Jean Robertson, United Food and Commercial Workers; Julie (Griffin) Davis, Canadian Union of Public Employees.

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