A social worker raised in rural Ontario, Fred became active in CUPE in 1991, joining the staff of Community Living Toronto as an advocate for children with developmental disabilities.
As a local union activist, Fred was a steward, a health and safety activist, and a pay equity and contract negotiator. After being elected President of CUPE Local 2191, Fred led his local through a successful three-month strike that beat back a long list of concessions.
Elected to the CUPE Ontario Executive Board in 1998, Fred has served on numerous provincial and national CUPE committees, including the National Pink Triangle Committee and the Provincial Social Service Workers’ Coordinating Committee. He was elected CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer in 2006, leading the union through the adoption of a progressive, percentage-based dues model. In 2010, Fred made history when he was elected President of CUPE Ontario, the first LGBTQ person elected to lead the province’s largest union.
Fred is also a General Vice-president on CUPE’s National Executive Board and a Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour.