Shirley Carr

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Shirley Carr
5th President of the Canadian Labour Congress
In office
Preceded by Dennis McDermott
Succeeded by Bob White
Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress
In office
President Joe Morris
Dennis McDermott
Personal details
Born May 1929 (1929-05)[1]
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Died June 24, 2010(2010-06-24) (aged 81)[2]
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Shirley Geraldine Edwina Carr, OC OOnt (May 1929 – June 24, 2010) was a Canadian union leader who was the first woman president of Canada's largest labour organization, the Canadian Labour Congress.

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she became general vice-president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1969. In 1974, she became Executive Vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress and was president from 1986 to 1992.

She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1980 and a Member of the Order of Ontario in 1995.

As president of the CLC, she began Canadian labour's campaign against the free trade deal between then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the late US President Ronald Reagan. She was a pioneer in using the technique of seeking support for labour's goals from other organizations in the community, and this strategy was ultimately responsible for turning the tide of public opinion against the trade deal.


  1. ^ "When was Shirley Carr born?",, Retrieved on 2010-06-26.
  2. ^ "Obituary", Retrieved on 2010-06-26.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dennis McDermott
President of the Canadian Labour Congress
Succeeded by
Bob White