Bibliography of labour resources

Bibliography of labour resources


Books provide useful overviews of broad topics. They also contain bibliographies that list other sources.

 Canadian Labour History

Black, Errol and Jim Silver. Building a Better World: An Introduction to Trade Unionism in Canada. Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2008.

Gonick, Cy, Paul Phillips, and Jesse Vorst, eds. Labour Gains, Labour Pains: Fifty Years of PC 1003, edited by Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 1995.

Heron, Craig. The Canadian Labour Movement: A Short History. 3rd ed. Toronto: Lorimer, 2010.

Morton, Desmond. Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement. 5th ed. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007.

Palmer, Bryan D. Working-Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1992.

Pentland, H. Clare. Labour and Capital in Canada, 1650–1860. Toronto: J. Lorimer, 1981.

Sangster, Joan. Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Post-war Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

BC Labour History

Brandak, Louise May George, Elaine Bernard, and Mark Thompson. A Guide to Labour Records and Resources in British Columbia. Vancouver: Special Collections Division, University of British Columbia, 1985.

The Bank Book Collective. An Account to Settle: The Story of the United Bank Workers (SORWUC). Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1979.   

Bush, Murray. Zindabad! B.C. Farmworkers’ Fight for Rights. Surrey, BC: Canadian Farmworkers Unions, 1995.

Carpenter Pensioners’ Association of British Columbia. Building British Columbia: The Story of the Carpenters’ Union and the Trade Union Movement since 1881. British Columbia: Carpenter Pensioners’ Association of British Columbia, 1979.

Creese, Gillian. Contracting Masculinity: Gender, Class, and Race in a White-Collar Union, 1944-1994. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Diamond, Sara. Women’s Labour History in British Columbia: A Bibliography, 1930–1948. Vancouver: Press Gang, 1980.

Griffin, Betty and Susan Lockhart. Their Own History: Women’s Contribution to the Labour Movement of British Columbia. New Westminster, BC: United Fisherman and Allied Workers’ Union/CAW Seniors Club, 2002.

Griffin, Sean. Fighting Heritage: Highlights of the 1930s Struggle for Jobs and Militant Unionism in British Columbia. Vancouver: Tribune Pub., 1985.

Hak, Gordon. Capital and Labour in the British Columbia Forest Industry, 1934–74. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.

Howard, Irene. The Struggle for Social Justice in British Columbia: Helena Gutteridge, the Unknown Reformer. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1992

Isitt, Benjamin. Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948–1972. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Knight, Rolf. Indians at Work: An Informal History of Native Labour in British Columbia, 1848–1930. Vancouver: New Star Books, 1996.

Knox, Paul, and Philip Resnick, eds. Essays in B.C. Political Economy. Vancouver: New Star Books, 1974.

Latham, Barbara K. and Roberta J. Pazdro, eds. Not Just Pin Money: Selected Essays on the History of Women’s Work in British Columbia. Victoria, BC: Camosun College, 1984.

Leier, Mark. Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden: Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy. 2nd ed. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2012.

Leier, Mark. Red Flags and Red Tape: The Making of a Labour Bureaucracy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.

Leier, Mark. Where the Fraser River Flows: The Industrial Workers of the World in British Columbia. Vancouver: New Star Books, 1990.

McCallum, Todd. Hobohemia and the Crucifixion Machine: Rival Images of a New World in 1930s Vancouver. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2015.

Muszynski, Alicja. Cheap Wage Labour: Race and Gender in the Fisheries of British Columbia. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1996.

Nayeary, Kamala Elizabeth. The Punjabis in British Columbia: Location, Labour, First Nations, and Multiculturalism. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Phillips, Paul. No Power Greater: A Century of Labour in British Columbia. Vancouver: BC Federation of Labour and Boag Foundation, 1967.

Potrebenko, Helen. Two Years on the Muckamuck Line. Vancouver: Service, Office, and Retail Workers’ Union of Canada, 1981.

Schwantes, Carlos A. Radical Heritage: Labor, Socialism, and Reform in Washington and British Columbia, 1885–1917. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979.

Stainsby, Jill et al. AUCE and TSSU: Memoirs of a Feminist Union, 1972–1993. Burnaby, BC: Teaching and Support Staff Union Publishing, 1994.

Sufrin, Eileen. Where Angels Fear to Tread: Eileen Tallman and the Labor Movement. Edited by Wayne Roberts. Hamilton, ON: Labour Studies, McMaster University, 1981.

Webb, Patricia G. The Heart of Health Care: The First 50 Years: The Story of the Hospital Employees’ Union. Vancouver: Hospital Employees’ Union, 1994.

Wejr, Patricia, and Howie Smith. Fighting for Labour: Four Decades of Work in British Columbia, 1910–1950. Victoria, BC: Aural History Program, Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1978.

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