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CUPE BC Turns 50 – A History Video

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April 17, 2013
CUPE BC Turns 50 – A History Video

The attached video premiered on 13 April 2013 at the 50th anniversary convention of the British Columbia Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees where I worked for many years as a communications specialist. The history of CUPE BC’s early years is covered in a series of cartoon images with text provided by...
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Saving the dues check-off

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March 19, 2013
Saving the dues check-off

Sam Gindin, former Chief Economist of the Canadian Auto Workers union, writes about the new challenge to the dues check-off in Canada and Ontario labour’s campaign to save it. He writes in part that “Unemployed workers, non-unionized workers, and even many members of unions will not be mobilized by sophisticated PR campaigns and dire...
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Unions are relevant department

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February 14, 2013

Toronto Star’s Linda McQuaig shares her views on why unions are still relevant: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2013/02/12/unions_in_canada_under_siege_from_government_business_and_media_mcquaig.html
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Raising the Workers’ Flag – A Book Review

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December 15, 2012
Raising the Workers’ Flag – A Book Review

  Stephen L. Endicott, Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League in Canada, 1930-1936 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 442 pages, $35 (paper), $75 (hard cover) The struggle to build trade unions in the extractive and manufacturing industries of Canada — mining, forestry, fishing, clothing, furniture, and others — was meteoric and...
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What happens if labour dies?

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December 2, 2012
What happens if labour dies?

“The only way unions can regain their strength and provide a counterweight to corporate power is if liberals join the fight,” argues Washington Post writer Harold Meyerson in this alternet.com article. http://www.alternet.org/labor/what-happens-if-labor-dies?page=0%2C11&paging=off
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New Orleans General Strike Remembered

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November 8, 2012
New Orleans General Strike Remembered

One-hundred and fifteen years ago today on November 8, 1892, half the workers of New Orleans struck for ten-hour day and other rights. “In 1892 New Orleans was the scene of a general strike, the culmination of a decade’s growth and development of the city’s labor movement. New Orleans of that period has been...
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The Brothers Reuther – A Film Review

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October 31, 2012
The Brothers Reuther – A Film Review

Brothers on the Line, directed by Sasha Reuther, 2012 There is a moment toward the end of Brothers on the Line when legendary American union leader Walter Reuther is making a speech to a rally of mostly black people fighting for their civil rights. “I think black is beautiful,” he says. There’s an appropriate...
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Hunting for Hobsbawms – A Tribute

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October 9, 2012
Hunting for Hobsbawms – A Tribute

It wasn’t difficult to find London’s Marx Memorial Library. It was just around the corner from the Betsey Trotwood, no doubt a favoured watering hole for more than a few earnest Marxist historians quenching their thirst before heading off to a corner of that tiny and somewhat clandestine place where Lenin once ran his...
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Steel Man

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July 17, 2012
Steel Man

Williams, Lynn. One Day Longer – A Memoir, Toronto: University of Toronto Press/Ithaca, N.Y.: ILR-Cornell University Press, 2011, 320 pp., $39.95 (hard cover). Lynn Williams broke new ground in 1983 when he became the first Canadian to lead the 1.2-million member United Steel Workers of America. Now he shares his journey in a memoir...
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Mine-Mill vs. Steel

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December 5, 2011
Mine-Mill vs. Steel

Stow, Rick. The Battle Within, New Liskeard, Ont., 1996 (revised 2010), DVD-CD ROM, $100 or $250 for institutional use. For copies: rstow@ntl.sympatico.ca. The promotional blurb for The Battle Within boasts that “Our tale is one of intrigue and subterfuge, with political forces striving to manipulate the outcome of events in which the rank-and-file workers...
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