Oral History Interviews

Oral History Interviews

Click here to visit our BC Labour Oral History Collection on the Simon Fraser University Library website.

This project is ongoing; collection will continue to be updated as more video interviews become available.


The BC Labour Oral History Project has been conducting audio and video interviews with working people involved in the history of British Columbia since March 2016. The Project has a short list of individuals which it is currently pursuing interviews with. Suggestions to the Project for potential future interview subjects are welcomed. As well, the BCLHC, through its partnership with the BC Teachers’ Federation on the Labour History Project, has been involved in conducting interviews of BCTF past presidents. To date, we have conducted 28 full-length oral history interviews with notable individuals in BC labour history, and 33 shorter interviews based on historic labour events in BC. These interviews are digitally archived and the first set of 12 full-length video interviews is available to the public online through Simon Fraser University’s Digital Collections.

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)]

    Click next page for short interviews on events in BC labour history.