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Muckers and Blackholers – A history essay

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February 24, 2011
Muckers and Blackholers – A history essay

Descendants of western North American mining and smelting families know that their grandparents came to the United States and Canada as illiterate farmers, shopkeepers, muckers and blackholers looking for a better life, a way to keep their children from dying of destitution in their home villages of Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
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British labour historian dies

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February 9, 2011
British labour historian dies

British labour historian Dorothy Thompson died on Jan. 29, 2011, at age 87. Thompson focused her studies on the 19th-century Chartist movement. Her spouse, the late E.P. Thompson, wrote a groundbreaking history called The Making of the English Working Class.  Together they made a formidable team of activist historians, both dedicating themselves to the Campaign for Nuclear...
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Killing for Coal

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February 6, 2011
Killing for Coal

Few Canadians will have heard of the infamous Ludlow Massacre, a “slaughter of the innocents” at a workers’ tent city in the coalfields of Colorado in the spring of 1914. Fewer still will know that in the footnotes to that show of corporate bullying against miners and their families a familiar name pops up,...
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There is Power in a Union

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February 5, 2011
There is Power in a Union

Celebrated American anarchist Emma Goldman once tried to enter the world’s oldest profession to help pay for an assassination attempt by her sidekick Alexander Berkman, a gesture that was meant to help the workers’ cause. Both attempts failed. Goldman was sent home by her first client, who said she was too inexperienced, Berkman went...
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Feeding the Goat

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January 31, 2011
Feeding the Goat

It is 1976. The separatist Parti Quebecois has just handily won the Quebec election and Rene Levesque will soon be premier. The setting is a fictitious newsroom in Ottawa. The main action revolves around an impending strike at the news service. The newsroom is a hotbed of anger, resentment, ego clashes and power struggles....
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Project 9

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January 31, 2011
Project 9

It is the spring of 1945. The war will end in Europe in early May. In the small city of Trail, B.C., families mourn the loss of their loved ones and await the return of survivors. More women than men populate the city on the Columbia River near the American border. About 2,000 of...
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Changing Images

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January 24, 2011
Changing Images

This report is based on a three-month study of trade union communications in the United Kingdom conducted from May to July 1990. Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Relations Trust, a London-based organization that sponsors a bursary each year for one Canadian trade unionist to study in the United Kingdom.
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Made in Dagenham

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January 22, 2011
Made in Dagenham

Sally Hawkins will be hailed as the British Norma Rae for her stunning portrayal of an unlikely strike leader in Made in Dagenham, the true story of a 1968 strike for equal pay for women. And she deserves every bit of the applause as does the film, although some might argue that it is...
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Radical Rag

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January 10, 2011
Radical Rag

Canada’s trade unions have long claimed a prominent place in the struggle for social democracy. From the earliest years of that struggle, the labour movement’s press has been on the front lines. Radical Rag tells the colourful story of those pioneer days, recounting the war for social justice fiercely waged through the pages of...
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