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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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“New Labour History” pioneer dies

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December 5, 2011
“New Labour History” pioneer dies

David Montgomery, the well-respected American labour historian blacklisted as a union organizer in the 1950s, died on Dec. 2, 2011. A founder of what became known in the 1970s as the New Labour History, Montgomery is perhaps best known for his 1987 book The Fall of the House of Labor, a critical appraisal of...
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America Needs Eastwood – A Film Review

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November 22, 2011
America Needs Eastwood – A Film Review

I wonder if Clint Eastwood is thinking about running for president. Maybe he should. With his latest success, J. Edgar, he has once again put his finger on the pulse of what is wrong in American society. President? Not another Hollywood transplant to DC? Could he be worse than the last actor-president? I doubt...
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Lefty’s Legacy, Margaret’s Hope – A Feature Article

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November 14, 2011
Lefty’s Legacy, Margaret’s Hope – A Feature Article

SFU alumna Margaret Morgan (MA’76) and her husband, left-wing radical Richard Ernest “Lefty” Morgan, were life-long learners, educators, and activists, so it seems appropriate that SFU’s research centre for labour studies should be named the Morgan Centre for Labour Studies. Many alumni from SFU’s “bad old days” in the late 1960s would probably agree...
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Switching to Credo

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August 23, 2011
Switching to Credo

I just switched cell phone accounts from Verizon, a major American service carrier, to Credo, “America’s only progressive phone company.” Yes, you read correctly, and Credo tries hard to live up to this claim by support progressive causes through online petitions and by offering us a chance to stop supporting the big often anti-union...
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Mine-Mill’s Peace Arch Concerts – A history essay

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July 25, 2011
Mine-Mill’s Peace Arch Concerts – A history essay

When Harvey Murphy, the pugnacious western regional director of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, learned that his friend and fellow leftist, American opera star Paul Robeson, was not going to be allowed to cross the Canada-United States border to sing at the Vancouver Mine-Mill convention on February 1, 1952, he...
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Red Rebels and Red Baiters – A history essay

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May 19, 2011
Red Rebels and Red Baiters – A history essay

From the middle of the Great Depression through to the mid-1950s Cold War period and beyond, Canada’s labour movement fought a war with itself. The conflict cost workers dearly in the form of lost militancy, increasingly isolated forums for dissent and arguably its future as an effective opponent of rampant capitalism in the wake...
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Opposing the Tory Majority – A political commentary

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May 5, 2011
Opposing the Tory Majority – A political commentary

“NDP, NDP, NDP,” they chanted interrupting New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton’s solid victory speech on May 2, election night. It was a chant of hope and pride that couldn’t help but make Jack’s night. After all, he’s been working hard for this moment for almost a decade. But as I watched the elated...
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Socialists barking at the American back door?

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April 27, 2011
Socialists barking at the American back door?

There’s a federal election in the Land of the Igloo Dwellers and the left is surging. But guess what? In America, you’d never know it.  There’s something happening – a moose jumped maybe – in one of the two other occupiers of the North American continent? You’d be forgiven for not knowing about it since...
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Joe Bageant left a ‘left’ legacy

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March 31, 2011
Joe Bageant left a ‘left’ legacy

Many people will not have heard of Joe Bageant who died on March 27, 2011, at 64 after a four-month battle with cancer. He went down fighting, did Joe, and I don’t mean cancer. He fought the American system with a passion and a vengeance that deserved our respect and our deep attention.  He...
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