This month in labour history

1-06-1986 ‘Gainers makes weiners with scabs’ was the strikers’ slogan in the bitter 7-month long Alberta strike that started on this date. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men begin the On-to-Ottawa Trek, boarding boxcars for the capital to protest conditions in relief camps. [more]

4-06-1919 Canada One month after the start of a general strike in Winnipeg, 7000 Montreal workers, including those at the Canadian Vickers plant show their solidarity by stopping work. [more]

10-06-1919 Police arrest 8 leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike, including JS Woodsworth, one of the founders of the CCF. [more]

11-06-1923 The Sydney Steel strike begins as the company cuts wages by two-thirds. The Militia is called out. [more]

11-06-1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia. The day honours the memory of miner William Davis, shot by police during a strike in 1925. [more]

13-06-1912 The founding convention of the Alberta Federation of Labour opens. [more]

14-06-1872 Striking printers in Toronto not only win shorter work day but passage of the Trade Unions Act [more]

17-06-1958 19 Ironworkers die in Vancouver’s worst industrial diaster when the Second Narrows Bridge collapses. [more]

18-06-1935 The Battle of Ballantyne Pier took place today in Vancouver. Striking dockers marching against scabs were attacked by police. [more]

19-06-1938 Relief Project Workers’ Union members occupying government buildings in Vancouver are evicted by police. A battle follows. [more]

21-06-1919 25,000 strikers assemble in Winnipeg’s Market Square. The Riot Act is read. [more]

25-06-1999 The Quebec Federation of Nurses begins a province-wide illegal strike, one of several across the country that year. [more]

26-06-1919 The city Strike Committee announces the end of the Winnipeg General Strike [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court issues its decision in Lavigne, affirming the right of unions to spend dues money on political action. [more]


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