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Union power [electronic resource] : solidarity and struggle in Niagara /
Carmela Patrias and Larry Savage.
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Edmonton : AU Press, 2012.
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x , 212 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781926836782 (pbk.)
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Edmonton : AU Press, 2012.
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9781926836782 (pbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Co-published by: CCLH.
catalogue key
8964947
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-202) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Carmela Patrias is a professor in the Department of History at Brock University. Her publications include Jobs and Justice: Fighting Discrimination in Wartime Canada, 1939-1945 and Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939, co-authored with Ruth Frager. Larry Savage is associate professor of labour studies and political science and director of the Jobs and Justice Research Unit at Brock University.
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From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines, from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers in Niagara-On-The-Lake,Union Powershowcases the role of working people in the Niagara region. Charting the development of the region's labour movement from the early nineteenth century to the present, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from this highly diversified economy struggled to improve their lives both inside and outside the workplace. Including extensive quotations from interviews, archival sources, and local newspapers, the story unfolds, in part, through the voices of the people themselves: the workers who fought for unions, the community members who supported them, and the employers who opposed them.
Summaries
Description for Reader
From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines,from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers inNiagara-on-the-Lake, Union Power showcases the role of workingpeople in the Niagara region. Early industrial development and theappalling working conditions of the often vulnerable common labourerprompted a movement toward worker protection. Charting the developmentof the region's labour movement from the early nineteenth centuryto the present, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from thishighly diversified economy struggled to improve their lives both insideand outside the workplace. Patrias and Savage argue that union power - power not built onprofit, status, or prestige - relies on the twin concepts ofstruggle and solidarity: the solidarity of shared interests of theworking class and the struggle to achieve common goals. Includingextensive quotations from interviews, archival sources, and localnewspapers, the story unfolds in part through the voices of the peoplethemselves: the workers who fought for unions, the community memberswho supported them, and the employers who opposed them.
Long Description
From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines,from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers inNiagara-On-The-Lake, Union Power showcases the role of workingpeople in the Niagara region. Charting the development of theregion's labour movement from the early nineteenth century to thepresent, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from this highlydiversified economy struggled to improve their lives both inside andoutside the workplace. Including extensive quotations from interviews,archival sources, and local newspapers, the story unfolds, in part,through the voices of the people themselves: the workers who fought forunions, the community members who supported them, and the employers whoopposed them. Early industrial development and the appalling working conditions ofthe often vulnerable common labourer prompted a movement toward workerprotection. Patrias and Savage argue that union power - power notbuilt on profit, status, or prestige - relies on the twinconcepts of struggle and solidarity: the solidarity of the sharedinterests of the working class and the struggle to achieve commongoals. Union Power traces the evidence of these twin conceptsthrough the history of the Niagara region's labour movement.
Main Description
From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines, from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Union Power showcases the role of working people in the Niagara region. Charting the development of the region#146;s labour movement from the early nineteenth century to the present, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from this highly diversified economy struggled to improve their lives both inside and outside the workplace. Including extensive quotations from interviews, archival sources, and local newspapers, the story unfolds, in part, through the voices of the people themselves: the workers who fought for unions, the community members who supported them, and the employers who opposed them.Early industrial development and the appalling working conditions of the often vulnerable common labourer prompted a movement toward worker protection. Patrias and Savage argue that union power -- power not built on profit, status, or prestige -- relies on the twin concepts of struggle and solidarity: the solidarity of the shared interests of the working class and the struggle to achieve common goals. Union Power traces the evidence of these twin concepts through the history of the Niagara region#146;s labour movement.
Main Description
From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines, from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers in Niagara-On-The-Lake,Union Powershowcases the role of working people in the Niagara region. Charting the development of the region's labour movement from the early nineteenth century to the present, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from this highly diversified economy struggled to improve their lives both inside and outside the workplace. Including extensive quotations from interviews, archival sources, and local newspapers, the story unfolds, in part, through the voices of the people themselves: the workers who fought for unions, the community members who supported them, and the employers who opposed them. Early industrial development and the appalling working conditions of the often vulnerable common labourer prompted a movement toward worker protection. Patrias and Savage argue that union power - power not built on profit, status, or prestige - relies on the twin concepts of struggle and solidarity: the solidarity of the shared interests of the working class and the struggle to achieve common goals.Union Powertraces the evidence of these twin concepts through the history of the Niagara region's labour movement. Carmela Patrias is a professor in the Department of History at Brock University. Her publications include:Patriots and Proletarians: Politicizing Hungarian Immigrants in Canada, Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939, co-authored with Ruth Frager, andJobs and Justice: Fighting Discrimination in Wartime Canada, 1939-1945. Larry Savage is associate professor of labour studies and political science and director of the Jobs and Justice Research Unit at Brock University.
Main Description
From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines,from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers inNiagara-on-the-Lake, Union Power showcases the role of workingpeople in the Niagara region. Early industrial development and theappalling working conditions of the often vulnerable common labourerprompted a movement toward worker protection. Charting the developmentof the region's labour movement from the early nineteenth centuryto the present, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from thishighly diversified economy struggled to improve their lives both insideand outside the workplace.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Canallers Fight for Work and Fair Wagesp. 8
The Early Labour Movementp. 10
Class and Ethnicity in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 16
Labour Revolt in Niagarap. 25
Welfare Capitalism in Niagarap. 34
Unemployment and Organization During the Great Depressionp. 40
The Crowland Relief Strikep. 42
The Cotton Mill Strike, 1936-37p. 45
The Monarch Strikep. 51
The CIO at McKinnon Industriesp. 54
Fighting for Democracy on the Home Front, 1939-45p. 56
Niagara Labour's Cold Warp. 67
Women and Workers of Colour in the 1950s and 1960sp. 74
Ideologies Clashing: The 1970 UAW Strikep. 81
Strike Wave: 1972-76p. 84
Canadian Pulp and Paper Workers Fight Backp. 89
Corporate Restructuring and Labour's Declinep. 91
The Eaton's Strike: Women Workers Walk the Linep. 95
"Don't Lower the Standard": The Newsroom on Strikep. 99
Occupation in Thoroldp. 102
Labour Builds Brock: Unions and the Universityp. 105
Living in a Dying Town: Deindustrialization in Wellandp. 117
"Kicking Ass for the Working Class": Hotel Workers in Niagarap. 124
The House Advantage: Organizing Niagara's Casinosp. 149
Migrant Farm Workers in Niagarap. 164
Organized Labour and the New Democratic Party in Niagarap. 172
Conclusionp. 184
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 203
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