Grace Hartman (trade unionist)
|2nd National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees|
|Preceded by||Stan Little|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Rose|
|2nd National Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees|
|Preceded by||Robert P. Rintoul|
|Succeeded by||Kealey Cummings|
July 14, 1918
December 18, 1993 (aged 75)|
|Occupation||Secretary, trade unionist, social activist|
Grace Hartman (née Fulcher, July 14, 1918 – December 18, 1993) was a Canadian labour union activist, whose 1975 election to the presidency of the Canadian Union of Public Employees made her the first woman in North America to lead a major labour union.
Prior to 1963, Hartman was a member of one of CUPE's predecessor unions, the National Union of Public Employees. As a secretary for the Township of North York, Ontario, she was a member of NUPE Local 373. Hartman held several local executive positions and was elected president of the local in 1959, a position she held until 1967.
Hartman was a prominent participant in the feminist movement, and a strong advocate for gender pay equity. In 1965, she chaired the Ontario Federation of Labour's Women's Committee. She joined the steering committee of the Committee for the Equality of Women in Canada in 1966, which successfully lobbied the Canadian government to establish the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada. In 1968, Hartman was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. In 1974-75, she became the second national president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
Honours and Positions
Hartman was awarded the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in 1985.
- "Grace Hartman Norm Quan Bursary 2000 Winner by Alex Beszterda". www.cupe1975.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- "Grace Hartman :: section15.ca". section15.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Past recipients of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case Archived 2008-06-14 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Grace Hartman, CUPE national president, 1975-1983". Canadian Union of Public Employees. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Montero, Gloria (1979). "Grace Hartman: Public Service Workers in the Sixties." We Stood Together: First-hand Accounts of Dramatic Events in Canada's Labour Past. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company. ISBN 0-88862-269-4.
- Profile of Grace Hartman on the CUPE website
- Essay on Grace Hartman by Alex Beszterda, winner of the Norm Quan Bursary (2000), offered by CUPE Local 1975
- Grace Hartman, The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Grace Hartman, by Ann Farrell, section15.ca
- 1976 CBC interview with Mary Lou Finlay
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