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'Lawless' Cape Breton Miners and the Lingan strike of 1882-83

'Lawless' Cape Breton Miners and the Lingan strike of 1882-83

Cape Breton Island’s Sydney coalfield had been an arena of intense conflict long before the storied labour wars of the early twentieth century. With the use of untapped local sources, Don Nerbas reconstructs the Lingan strike of 1882-83 in the forthcoming issue of Labour/Le Travail.

August 30, 2023

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Unionization and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Unionization and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

For decades, a “jobs versus environment” frame has boxed in conversations about labour and environmental policy. From the battles over owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest that pitted loggers against environmentalists to the current conflicts between fossil fuel workers and governments moving slowly toward greenhouse gas reductions, workers and their unions have been cast as obstacles to ecological progress.

July 16, 2023

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Maurice Spector’s “Labour and the Law in Canada” (1932)

Maurice Spector’s “Labour and the Law in Canada” (1932)

Maurice Spector helped create the Communist Party of Canada and served on the Executive Committee of the Communist International until he was dismissed on charges of Trotskyism. Less well known was that he was in law school when he began his career with the Communist Party, paused his studies for a decade, and returned to that project after his dismissal. He wrote a prize-winning essay in 1932, providing a rare glimpse into the state of labour law at the time from the Marxist-Leninist perspective.

June 28, 2023

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Waitresses in Action: Recovering the History of Labour Feminism

Waitresses in Action: Recovering the History of Labour Feminism

Restaurant and food service workers – an estimated 1.3 million in Canada – face an uphill organizing battle. Precarious working conditions and powerful, hostile...

June 18, 2023

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BC’s Forgotten Labour Daily

BC’s Forgotten Labour Daily

On May Day, 1901, District Union No. 6 of the Western Federation of Miners, began publishing the Rossland Evening World , an “advocate [of] the cause of organized labor”...

June 12, 2023

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Organizing Precarious Professionals

Organizing Precarious Professionals

An unfortunate reality of our time, precarious employment encompasses a vast array of occupations.  Archaeologists working on contracts in Québec are precariously...

October 8, 2021

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