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Edward E. Seymour
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12.8 m of textual records and other material
Includes 2,600 photographs
6 over-sized photographs
11 VHS video cassettes
9 audio cassettes
2 reels of 16 mm film
also reproductions of photographs from originals which date from 1799.
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Edward E. Seymour, prominent labour organizer, was born 30 July 1940 in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. He was raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia and attended Sydney Academy prior to moving to Ontario in 1958. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Waterloo in 1974. He is the author of An Illustrated History of Canadian Labour 1800-1974 (1976, 2nd ed. 1980) and Illuminating the Past Brightening the Future: An Illustrated History International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 353 1903-2003 (2003).
Mr. Seymour’s trade union experience dates back to 1962 when he became a member of Lodge 1246, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. From 1970 to 1977, he was the Canadian Education and Publicity Director for the Textile Workers Union of America. In 1977 he was the national representative for the Communications Workers of Canada (CLC). In 1986 he established Solidarity Consulting, a consulting firm for unions. He is also a partner of Resolutions Unlimited (established in 2000), a firm that focuses on the resolution of harassment and discrimination in the work place. Mr. Seymour has served many times on arbitration boards for a number of unions. He is married to Cynthia Tenute, and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
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The fonds consists of reports, correspondence, photographs, publications, sound recordings and other materials amassed by Ed Seymour throughout his career as a union activist, labour leader and educator with such organizations as the International Association of Machinists, the Textile Workers Union of America, the Communication Workers of Canada, and Solidarity Consulting.. Some of the materials, mostly photographs, are copies from various institutions in Canada and the United States. The fonds documents certification drives and strikes (such as Bell Canada, Eaton’s, Gainers and CIBC) throughout the 1970s and 1980s.There are documents relating to the unions Seymour worked for as well as the United Farm Workers of America.There is also material relating to the founding of the New Democratic Party as well as photographs unrelated to labour, mainly aboriginals (First Nations).
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There have been two accessions which have been combined: 65-2008 was obtained from Edward Seymour in November 2008 and 54-2009 in August 2009.
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