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New Brunswick Labour History – A Book Review

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July 21, 2014
New Brunswick Labour History – A Book Review

Book Review for Labor Studies Journal Making History Matter David Frank, Provincial Solidarities: A History of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (Edmonton: AU Press, 2013), 280 pages (soft cover), $27.95 (CDN).* Writing a trade union history can be a minefield for labour historians. First, there are many people to please and second there...
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Graphic history reaches new audiences

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July 1, 2014

Graphic History Collective, May Day: A Graphic History of Protest (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2012), 32 pages (paper), no price given. One of the many often unfulfilled goals of the modern trade union movement has been to find ways to reach out to young people in hopes of replenishing the diminishing ranks of an...
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Positive Reviews for Joe Hill Video

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January 15, 2014

Several friends and colleagues now have seen Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and they’ve been encouragingly complimentary. Here’s what some of them say: “Lively, respectful, quirky in a good way, serious but not heavy, upbeat but not light: I love it!” Mark Leier, educator, labour historian, author of Rebel Life: The Life and Times...
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Humble Word Warrior – A Book Review

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January 15, 2014
Humble Word Warrior – A Book Review

After being prodded, cajoled,  and possibly even guilted into it by people like me, Ed Finn has finally published his memoirs. Who’s Ed Finn? some of you might ask. Fair question…if you haven’t been observing Canadian left politics for the past 70 years. For that long, Finn has served as a tireless journalistic voice...
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Joe Hill Has Been Shot! – A Video Update

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October 22, 2013
Joe Hill Has Been Shot! – A Video Update

The video version of “Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout”  was shot this weekend on location in Rossland, B.C. It was a full day’s shooting on Sunday, October 20, with three full interviews and many hours of scouting outdoor and interior shots. The videographer even got a shot of a black bear who was wandering...
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Common Cause

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September 8, 2013
Common Cause

Canadian left writer-activist Naomi Klein spoke on to the founding convention of Canada’s largest private sector union, UNIFOR, on September 1 at the official merger of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paper workers (CEP). She lauded both unions for their past commitment to social unionism but added an urgent...
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Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout – A Video History

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September 5, 2013
Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout – A Video History

Joe Hill hid out at the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall after writing “Where the Fraser River Flows” in support of a Wobbly strike in the Fraser Canyon area. Truth of urban legend? Follow the progress of this video history project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rverzuh/joe-hills-secret-canadian-hideout
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Revered labour school weakens

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June 18, 2013
Revered labour school weakens

Harper’s offers labour historians and labour educators some powerful reasons for concern in its July 2013 edition for it exposes the corporatization of Cornell University’s revered School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). Anyone who considers that ILR is a progressive school will want to take note of its habit of “wearing corporate influence...
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Labour History Sings – A Conference Report

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May 6, 2013
Labour History Sings – A Conference Report

The Pacific Northwest Labour History Association (PNLHA) held its 45th annual conference May 3-5, 2013, in Portland, Oregon, and like other years there was a wide variety of topics as well as styles of presentation. I was on the planning committee and made two presentations during the conference, so I am clearly not an...
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The Smelter Poets – A History Essay

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April 23, 2013
The Smelter Poets – A History Essay

Abstract When celebrated Wobbly troubadour Joe Hill purportedly visited the Rossland Miners’ Hall in the early 1900s to lend his support to the first Canadian local of the rugged Western Federation of Miners (WFM), he no doubt shared some of his inspired verses with the mine workers who are said to have protected him. Claims...
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