Oral History Summaries

Summaries of full-length interviews with notable BC labour activists
(Each interview is 1-2+ hours in length):

  • John Jensen [former Vice President of the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers of Canada] & George Kosoed (dual interview)
  • Art Kube [former President, BC Federation of Labour]
  • Ray Haynes [former Secretary-Treasurer, BC Federation of Labour]
  • Sharon Yandle [former labour negotiator, BC Teacher’s Federation, Hospital Employees Union, BC Nurses Union]
  • Nick Carr [former Local 1 president, United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union] (audio only)
  • Bill Zander [former President, BC Provincial Council of Carpenters]
  • Jeffrey Keighley [former national representative, Canadian Autoworkers Union]
  • Clive Lytle [former staff, BC Federation of Labour, and labour educator]
  • Kate Braid [labour poet, educator and first female member of the BC Carpenters Union]
  • John Shields [former President, BC Government Employees Union, and labour educator]
  • Peter Burton [former President, Canadian Association of Smelter and Allied Workers, and lawyer]
  • Muriel Overgaard [former and first female President, Canadian Union of Public Employees BC]
  • Jackie Ainsworth [founding member, Service, Office and Retail Workers’ Union of Canada & Association of University and College Employees]
  • Ken Bauder [former Secretary-Treasurer, International Longshore and Warehouse Union]
  • Cathy Walker [former local 1 President and Health and Safety Director, Canadian Autoworkers Union/Canadian Association of Industrial, Mechanical and Allied Workers]
  • Gary Kroeker [former President, B.C. Building Trades Council and former Executive member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115]
  • George Hewison [labour musician (folk singer), former Secretary-Treasurer of United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union and former labour secretary, Communist Party’s Central Executive Committee]
  • Ken Georgetti [former President, United Steelworkers Local 480, BC Federation of Labour, & Canadian Labour Congress. Current Vice President, International Trade Union Confederation]
  • Hans Brown [former staff, Hospital Employees Union, and Provincial Secretary, BC New Democratic Party]
  • Carolyn Askew [lawyer, former and first Legislative Counsel of BC Federation of Labour]
  • Bernice Kirk [Former Secretary-Treasurer & President, Canadian Union of Public Employees]
  • Elaine Bernard [labour historian]
  • Grace Stevens [former International Woodworkers of America member, United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union Women’s Auxiliary organizer, and wife of Homer Stevens (former UFAWU President)] 
  • Jess Succamore [former Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Association of Industrial, Mechanical and Allied Workers]
  • Mike Dumler [former President, Canadian Union of Public Employees]
  • Colin Gabelmann [former MLA, BC NDP & Attorney General, 1972-75 during introduction of BC’s first labour code]
  • Lloyd Edwards [former President, Surrey Teachers Association, during 1974 strike/walkout]
  • Dave Pritchett [former Executive Member, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 500, co-organizer of  ILWU Canada Political Action Committee, Grain Safety Committee, Membership & Grievance Committee, and son of labour activist Craig Pritchett (ILWU)/grandson of Harold Pritchett (IWA)]