How unions began and why workers in Canada joined

Canadian Labor Union History

My name is Henry Smith, and I want to tell you the story of how unions began, and why workers in Canada joined. We need to travel back to medieval Europe, where most people were peasants cultivating land controlled by feudal lords. In England, as early as the 1500s, the lords began to fence off … Read more How unions began and why workers in Canada joined

How government employees surged to the forefront of Canadian Labor?

Canadian labor day history

Hi there! My name is Chantale Turgeon, and I have a story to tell you about how government employees came to think of themselves as workers and surged to the forefront of Canadian labor. In the first half of the 20th century, Parliament and provincial legislatures grudgingly supported collective bargaining between workers and private sector … Read more How government employees surged to the forefront of Canadian Labor?

History of the most marginalized workers in Canada

Canadian-Labor-History

I’m Sophie Kinoseew, and I want to tell you about the history of some of the most marginalized workers in Canada, and their essential struggles for fairness and inclusion. Workers have always been diverse, but many unions ignored the needs of some people, like indigenous, immigrant, women, or lesbian and gay workers. Early on, only … Read more History of the most marginalized workers in Canada