Timeline of labour issues and events in Canada

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This is a timeline of labour issues and events in Canada .



A Labour Day parade in Toronto, c. 1900 1900s Toronto LabourDay Parade.jpg
A Labour Day parade in Toronto, c.1900





The Winnipeg general strike in 1919 WinnipegGeneralStrike.jpg
The Winnipeg general strike in 1919




Female shop stewards at the Burrard Drydock, North Vancouver, British Columbia. The company hired more than 1000 women during World War II, all of whom were dismissed after the war to free up jobs for the men returning from armed service. Shop Stewards at Burrard Drydock.jpg
Female shop stewards at the Burrard Drydock, North Vancouver, British Columbia. The company hired more than 1000 women during World War II, all of whom were dismissed after the war to free up jobs for the men returning from armed service.








See also


  1. 1 2 3 Phillips, Pattie (September 4, 2009). "Highlights in Canadian Labour History". CBC News. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  2. Rouillard & Bullen 2013.
  3. Marsh 2016.
  4. "Vancouver Island War", Knowledge Network preview/summary video(3 minutes) Archived 2014-11-01 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Jennissen 1981, p. 55.
  6. Angus 2004, p. 95.
  7. Smith 2013.
  8. Palmer et al. 2015.
  9. Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks – NFB – Collection
  10. Miller 1975, p. 311.
  11. Erickson & Laycock 2015, pp. 13–15.
  12. "Fighting the good fight: Homer Seguin tells his story" Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine , Northern Life , October 15, 2008. northernlife.ca
  13. Laxer 1976, p. 127.
  14. "Air Canada Hit By Work-to-Rule", The Sun, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pp. 1–2, 9 December 1968, retrieved 28 November 2016
  15. "1973 – 1982: CUPE Becomes a Seasoned Political Force". Canadian Union of Public Employees. 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  16. Legrande, Linda (1979). "Merger of Retail Clerks, Meat Cutters Created Union Exceeding 1.2 Million". Monthly Labor Review. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 102 (9): 56–57. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  17. 1 2 "Vale reaches deal with workers at Sudbury nickel mine" [ permanent dead link ]. The Gazette , July 5, 2010.
  18. "Love the Way We Bitch".

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