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Hiring Halls and Company Favouritism on the Waterfront

Hiring Halls and Company Favouritism on the Waterfront

The International Longshore Association disappeared from the waterfront in BC following their 1923 strike. The union was broken by employers in the Shipping Federation of BC, and a company union was put in place. Favouritism in hiring was rampant. As the economy worsened in the 1930s new militant longshore unions were formed and a key …

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Miners Memorial Weekend

Miners Memorial Weekend

33rd Miners Memorial Weekend and Ginger Goodwin Commemoration 2018 by Joey Hartman and Karen Ranalletta 100 years ago, 31-year-old labour organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed by special police constable Dan Campbell as he hid in the hills above Cumberland, BC. Goodwin and others in those hills were evading conscription to WWI – …

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‘BC Labour History Walking Tours’ App now available on the Apple Store and Google Play

‘BC Labour History Walking Tours’ App now available on the Apple Store and Google Play

‘BC Labour History Walking Tours’ An app to discover British Columbia’s rich and diverse labour history, now available for free download on both iOS & Android devices May 28, 2018 – Available today, the app BC Labour History Walking Tour offers a journey back in time in British Columbia to iOS & Android device users. …

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The Asiatic Exclusion League Riot, 1907

The Asiatic Exclusion League Riot, 1907

(Photo credit: Boarded-up businesses after race riots in Chinatown at northwest corner of Carrall Street at Pender, 1907: Vancouver Public Library #940)   In recognition of Asian Heritage Month, we remember a painful part of British Columbia’s labour history: The Asiatic Exclusion League.   With high unemployment and a recession in full swing, the Asiatic …

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Wong Hau-Hon, Railway Worker

Wong Hau-Hon, Railway Worker

  (Excerpt from On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement, by Rod Mickleburgh [2018]) The thousands of Chinese immigrants who endured so much helping to unite Canada by rail left little record of their ordeal. But we do have one personal account written by former railway worker Wong Hau-Hon in 1926. …

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