Questions on Fred Upshaw!

Answer the following questions of your choosing to learn more about Fred Upshaw and how he impacted society!

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. Described as a strong human rights activist, Fred Upshaw was a registered nurse at the Whitby Psychiatric Hospital and a member of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 331. He rose through the union ranks to become a steward and eventually local president.



1) What are the two positions Fred Upshaw rise through the ranks to become?

2) Where was Fred Upshaw a registered nurse?

3) Was Upshaw the first black person to lead a major Canadian trade union?


1) Why is it important for Black people to be involved in trade unions?

2) What is the history of Black people in the labour movement both in Canada and the United States?

3) Why is it important to have diversity in the advocacy for employees’ rights?