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bunkhouse men

bunkhouse men  

These workers formed the large, transient labour force found on remote sites in the Canadian construction and logging industries from about the 1890s to 1929. They lived in all-male work ...
Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress  

(CLC)A trade union emerging in 1956 from a fusion between the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada (est. 1883) and the Canadian Congress of Labour (est. 1940). In 1961, it joined forces with the ...
Eugene Victor Debs

Eugene Victor Debs  

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(b. 5 Nov. 1855, d. 20 Oct. 1926).US socialist Born at Terre Haute, Indiana, he started work for the US railroad system at 14, and soon became a prominent advocate of labour organization. He became ...
H.E. Boote

H.E. Boote  

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(1865–1949),born Liverpool, England, became apprenticed to a printer after leaving school at the age of 10, and emigrated to Australia in 1889. He soon became involved in the emerging ...
Ian Turner

Ian Turner  

(1922–78),born East Melbourne, had a variety of occupations including secretary of the Australasian Book Society and a turbulent political career before becoming an academic in 1964. At his death ...
Italians in Canada

Italians in Canada  

The first Italian to arrive on Canadian shores was likely John Cabot, but there were also early adventurers, Jesuit missionaries (including the ill-fated Father Francesco Giuseppe Bressani), and ...
labor Movement

labor Movement  

Imprecise term referring to two ideas: first, that workers, especially blue‐collar or manual workers, share common political and economic interests which may be advanced through organized trade union ...
libertarianism

libertarianism  

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A view that seeks to protect the reality of human free will by supposing that a free choice is not causally determined but not random either (see dilemma of determinism). What is needed is the ...
migrant worker

migrant worker  

A worker who has come from another country or region to work. Attracted by better wages in the country or region to which they have migrated, such workers may or may not bring their family with them. ...
Migratory Agricultural Workers.

Migratory Agricultural Workers.  

Following the Civil War, a migratory labor system of mobile, low-paid workers emerged in the United States to meet the seasonal demands of expanding capitalist agriculture. Growers recruited an ...
“Mother” Jones

“Mother” Jones  

(1830–1930)An activist and advocate of human rights known as “Mother Jones”, she played a major role in helping to reduce and eventually eliminate child labor and inhumane and unhealthy working ...
One Big Union

One Big Union  

A western-based radical labour organization that emerged after the First World War. Like earlier movements, such as the Industrial Iters of the World, it hoped to unify all iters, skilled ...
Radicalism

Radicalism  

Seeks a fundamental change in political structures through a programme of far-reaching but constitutional reform. Its features include some or all of individualism, democracy, minimal government, a ...
riding the rods

riding the rods  

The romance of the Canadian railway makes much of the hobo who travelled in boxcars seeking freedom and adventure. In fact, riding the rods was a dangerous necessity before the ...
Robert Raglan Gosden

Robert Raglan Gosden  

(1882–1961), labour activist, police spy. Born in England, Gosden went to sea at an early age. In Prince Rupert by 1911, he was imprisoned for his role in a road ...
Samuel Gompers

Samuel Gompers  

(1850–1924), American labor leader.President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) for all but one of its first thirty-seven years (1886–1924), Samuel Gompers was a leading supporter of the ...
socialism

socialism  

An economic system in which the means of production are controlled by the state. Also known as socialist economy. Contrast capitalism. See also marxism.
Socialist Party

Socialist Party  

The Socialist Party of America (SPA) was formally constituted in 1901 by a merger of the Social Democratic Party and a wing of the Socialist Labor Party. It was founded ...
strike

strike  

Withdrawal of labour by a group of employees, typically members of a trade union. An official strike is one called or recognized by a union; an unofficial strike is one started without union ...
syndicalism

syndicalism  

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A political movement or ideology which promotes workers’ control through the medium of the workplace. It was particularly strong in France, Italy, and Spain in the late 19th and early 20th century, ...

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