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August-September 2008

Features

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    1919-2009: WINNIPEG AND BEYOND

    By Ken Clavette

    There were 429 strikes in Canada in 1919 involving about 149,300 workers, and they weren’t all in Winnipeg. Celebrations are in the works across Canada for the 90th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, and beyond.

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    WHOSE HISTORY

    By Deidre Walton

    When deciding what kinds of exhibits to house or projects to support, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is committed to including the myriad of voices, identities and communities that constitute Canada’s workforce.

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    COVER STORY: MONUMENTS TO MEMORY

    By Carole Pearson

    “We’re trying to change the public memory and to get recognition for the working-class experience,” says David Frank, of the Labour History in New Brunswick project. Indeed, there are a growing number of monuments and projects across Canada that honour workers and the work they do.

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    THE WORKERS’ STORY

    By Winston Gereluk

    It’s the end of July, and we are in the Atlas Mine Museum just south of Drumheller, interviewing retired miners. That’s one of the many kinds of documenting we do at the Alberta Labour History Institute.

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    ANCHORED BY LABOUR HISTORY

    By Janet Nicol

    “I get a lot of my energy from labour history,” says Joey Hartman, B.C. vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association. “Labour history work anchors me, and allows me to view my life from a longer perspective.”

Departments

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    NOTES

    Labour History Course * Good Jobs Summit * Bad Buyout Industries * Women and Work

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    WEBWORK

    By Derek Blackadder

    One day we may be using an Internet where those who can pay will get their information out there, while those who can’t, won’t.

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    POETRY

    By Gary Geddes

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    REVIEW: BUMP

    Review by Kate Watson

    On October 23, 1958, the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia was rocked by what is known by miners as a “bump.” The play Bump brings this tragedy to life.

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    COMMENTARY: THE RIGHT TO PICKET

    By John W. Eleen

    The use of injunctions in labour disputes must be abolished completely if we are to have industrial peace.