Collection RC0491 - Canadian labour collection

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Canadian labour collection

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  • 1848-1996 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records, graphic material and sound recordings.
4 audio discs.
1 man's tie.
2 oversize posters.

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The collection consists of various items relating to Labour history.

  • Tie has drawing of a man in chains with the caption: Repeal Taft Hartley Law.
  • Three audio discs were produced for the Canada Department of Labour by the National Film Board of Canada. Their titles are: Technical and Vocational - - -Training in Canada, Unemployment Insurance in Canada, Labour Management in a Changing World. They are for use with filmstrips which are not extant. One audio disc was issued by the Canada Department of Labour. Its title is: Better Together, Main dans La Main.
  • B&w group photograph of Ontario Independent Labour Convention, 1922.
  • B&w (15) and col. (8) photographs, col. slides (9) of an unidentifed strike relating to Branch 551. One sign reads "Fuddle Duddle Trudeau"; mimeographed material re a strike at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1962.
  • "Working Men's Association Tracts, The People Charter, 1848"
  • Letter from the Ancient Order of United Workmen (A.O.U.W.) Grand Lodge of Ontario, 27 October 1897.
  • Two oversize photographs of employees taken in front of a factory, possibly the B. Greening Wire Co. Ltd. in Hamilton, Ont.

Second accrual: Three photographs (50-2008): Men, horses and a wagon outside a mine, ca. 1910; Delegates to the Ontario Provincial Conference of Typographical Unions, St. Thomas, Ontario, 26 May 1914; Workers in front of Taylor-Forbes Ltd., a radiator foundry, Guelph, Ont., March 1938.

Third accrual (77-2009): poster re strike of International Beverage Dispensers and Bartenders Union, Local 289, Toronto; poster on board for "Labour Council of Metro Toronto and York Region, 1871-1996"; one membership card, 1937.

Fourth accrual (11-2010): St. John's Allied Printers' Union, Evening Telegram strike, 1979, two printed documents, "Don't Scab" and "Boycott the Telegram"

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Date of acquisition and provenance are not known except for the Firestone materials which were acquired some time before 2005 from James R. Featherstone. A second accrual (50-2008) were acquired from Morris Norman in 2008. A third accrual (77-2009) was acquired from Morris Norman in 2009.


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Researchers are also directed to the following. There are audio cassettes in Audio collection that pertain to Canadian labour history; labour pamphlets described in the Pamphlet collection, trade union materials in the Canadian Liberation fonds, and labour periodicals in Archives and Research Collections periodical collection.

See also the following fonds and collections:
Amalgamated Transit Workers, Local 107
Bricklayers and Masons Union. Local 1
Canadian railway labour negotiation
Canadian Union of Public Employees. Area Office.
Canadian Union of Public Employees. Local 5. Also other locals.
Hamilton and District Labour Council
International Association of Machinists. Local 414
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 105
International Pressman's Union Assistants. Local 176
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers. Canadian District
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Local 205; Local 1795; Local 1824
Iron Molder's Union of North America. Local 26. Local 28.
Mark Krakowski
Labor-Progressive Party
Larry Sefton
Services Employees International Union
Edward E. Seymour
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers. Local 504/544
United Glass and Ceramic Workers of North America
United Mine Workers of America. Local 13083
United Packinghouse Workers of America
United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America. Local 113
United Steel Workers of America. District 6.
United Steel Workers of America. Local 1005. Also many other locals.

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