A strike is a very powerful weapon used by trade unions and other labour associations to get their demands accepted. The Bolshevik revolution in October 1917 and the Russian exit from the war in March 1918 led the Borden government to introduce more draconian laws against organized labour. An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement, Montreal et al. Paul Weinberg. 2019 - SMWIA ICI members Go on strike in Ontario for 8 weeks May - June first strike in 30 years for that organization. Next the 11,000 member labour umbrella group declared it was in favour of a general strike. McCalla, Douglas: The Economic Impact of the Great War, in: Mackenzie, David (ed. 1998, p. 119. 1743, issued on 11 July 1918, outlawed strikes and lockouts, while assuring the right of workers to organize. Attitudes about Women’s Making Bombs and Being Bankers, in: Glassford, Sarah / Shaw, Amy (eds. Furthermore, to strike, the union must have sought and received a positive strike vote from its members within the previous 60 days. Mitchell, Tom / Naylor, James: The Prairies. Growing discontent with government repression and perceived greed on the part of employers led to one of the most violent and divisive labour strikes in Canadian history. Requests for collective bargaining by unions were rejected throughout the country, and especially in Manitoba. Conscription had brought different sections of labour into Canadian politics, forever changing the political landscape. [15] Several regions offer insight into the number labour days lost: The Maritimes lost a large amount of production for a relatively small region. This strike united the Canadian labour movement around the demand for collective bargaining legislation, which it won in 1944 and which remains central to our industrial relations system. They are affected by a number of factors, including labour organizations, collective bargaining, labour market, government policy, the structure of the economy, labour law and technological change. Labour was divided on its support for this measure. Both the political elite and labour leaders called for some form of conscription of wealth. Strikes became common during the Industrial Revolution, when mass labor became important in factories and mines. Kealey, Gregory S.: State Repression of Labour and the Left in Canada, 1914-20. With wide public support in the province, the producers win union recognition. This comes after breakdowns in negotiations over the postal worker’s collective agreement that dictates working conditions. 29-12-1876 Grand Trunk Railway workers in eastern Ontario go on strike in support of fired co-workers. Mail stopped running, telephone service was suspended, and garbage collection ceased. 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If a union and an employer are unable to reach agreement through the bargaining process, there are a number of options available. The influence of regionalism, like the beginning of the labour revolt, remains an area of controversy among historians. In the Eye of the Storm, in: Heron, Craig (ed. ): Canada and the First World War. The TLC had opposed all of these elements. [29] The violence of the battlefields, thought to be far away, had reached Canada. The Trades and Labour Congress (TLC) was the strongest labour group in Canada in the pre-war period, but it was not a national organization. McKay, Ian: Reasoning Otherwise. CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images 29-12-1958 Television screens on the French-language network go blank in Québec with the start of a strike by producers at Radio-Canada that lasts 70 days. ): Canada and the First World War. Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown, Toronto 2005, p. 143. Non-skilled women entering the workforce were a large concern, as they threatened the traditionally male-dominated industrial occupations that allowed unions to maintain their power within Canadian labour. 2384, issued on 25 September 1918, declared several political groups and unions illegal, including the International Workers of the World (IWW), the Russian Social Democratic Party, the Russian Revolutionary Group, the Russian Social Revolutionists, the Russian Workers Union, the Ukrainian Revolutionary Group, the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Social Labour Party, the Group of Social Democrats of Bolsheviki, the Group of Social Democrats of Anarchists, the Workers International Industrial Union, the Chinese Nationalist League, and the Chinese Labour Association. / Bright, David (eds. Sandrine Rastello. There were also cases of essentially political strikes. In Western Canada the idea of the Union became very strongly represented in labour and political movements. ): Canadian Labour History. So is how union workers think when they want to get their points across. The national repression of labour radicals followed in the aftermath. As Canada moved into the 1970s, workers faced difficult economic times. The increasing radicalization of labour led to the violent Winnipeg General Strike in June 1919. ): Canadian Labour History: Selected Readings, Toronto 1994, p. 197. The troops were ordered to open fire on the crowd. Before the outbreak of the First World War, economic depression had shaken the Canadian economy, leading to rampant unemployment. Solidarity and Fragmentation, in: Heron, Craig (ed. Strike action, also called labor strike, labour strike, or simply strike, is a work stoppage, caused by the mass refusal of employees to work. Guide to the Labour Relations Code Province of British Columbia. A Short History, Toronto 2012, pp. 1949 – Aggregate union membership in Canada surpasses one million. The ‘radical’ West and the conservative East have become sorry shibboleths of Canadian historiography. July 5, 2010 - A tentative resolution of the Vale strike in Sudbury is announced. ): The Workers’ Revolt in Canada 1917-1925, Toronto 1998, p. 47. The Canada Labour Code (Part I–Industrial Relations) recognizes that employees can lawfully engage in a strike against employers, and employers can lawfully lock out their employees in an effort to compel or persuade "the other side" to agree to terms and conditions of employment, provided they do so in accordance with the provisions of the Code. The city was essentially shut down. Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World War, Toronto 2012, p. 117. The outbreak of war caused further rifts between these two sets of the Canadian population. By 1922, there were 100,000 fewer union members than in 1919. Worker shortages struck rural farmers first, as higher wages at munitions factories and war service drew more people to the cities. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. The TLC ultimately voted not to oppose the implementation of conscription. [27] This deviates from the more traditional view that the riots resulted from French-Canadian dissatisfaction with the war effort and the enforcing of conscription in Quebec. [18] The OBU started in Western Canada when its members split from the TLC in March 1919 at conference in Calgary, Alberta. Interesting observations about … These radical groups were in the minority, and no substantial protests developed. Growing discontent with government repression and perceived greed on the part of employers led to one of the most violent and divisive labour strikes in Canadian history. [25] This did not prevent many labour representatives from running in the election on anti-conscription platforms, and there were many demands to conscript wealth along with young men. Heron, Canadian Labour Movement 2012, p. 31. A Military and Political History, Toronto 1981, p. 57. The four-day strike is broken by the use of scabs and militia. By 1919, the number of strikes rose to 427 with 150,000 workers, and by 1920, the number had reached 457. Violence broke out when the crowd threw bottles and snowballs at the troops, mostly conscripts themselves, who had been sent to restore order on 1 April 1918. 503-540. There is some truth to this, but other factors more strongly motivated the protestors. A union strike happens when the union and management are unable to negotiate to meet one another’s needs. Heron, Canadian Labour Movement 2012, p. 47. The special constables followed, beating protestors with their batons. Thus, while labour’s power increased during the war, government suppression prevented major changes from being consolidated, and so the gains made during the war years were effectively lost for decades to come. When pay becomes too low to bear, options exist in the form of a)negotiating with a boss and/or working overtime, b) finding a new job that pays better, or c) sucking it up. St. Croix, Brad: Labour Movements, Trade Unions and Strikes (Canada) , in: 1914-1918-online. 1949 - Controversial American labour unionist, 1965 – Wildcat postal strike, leading to the extension of collective bargaining rights to the majority of the public service, 1968 - Air Canada agents in British Columbia begin, 1986 - Six-month-long strike at the Gainers meatpacking plant in Edmonton, 1998 - Teenagers Jennifer Wiebe and Tessa Lowinger successfully unionize a, September 19, 2008 - A fire destroys the historic. As a result, on the eve of the First World War, Canadian labour – i.e., workers organised into unions to achieve common goals – was mostly organised on a small scale, if at all. Gregory S. Kealey notes that “this apparent surrender of the labour movement’s purely voluntarist stance led to renewed opposition to the TLC leaders, especially in Quebec and the west, but also in Ontario.”[24] The measure, of course, did lead to conscription: The Military Service Act of 1917 (MSA) was put to a pseudo-referendum in the 1917 federal election. This started a “feminization” of clerical work that continued into the post-war years, something that did not occur in industrial occupations. This decision prompted anger and distrust towards the government among the labour ranks; there was, however, very little they could do to strike at traditional power bases. Union membership was limited at the beginning of the war, but increased with each year of conflict. Given its commitment to socialist principles, the OBU also favoured including as many people as possible. [9] Instead, Sangster contends, women largely replaced men in clerical work, a trend that had begun before the war. A strike usually takes place in response to employee grievances. [26] None of the labour candidates were elected, but the issue of conscription had brought labour into federal politics for good. American-based international unions dominated and heavily influenced how Canadian labour was organised in the pre-war years. [30] Farmers had initially been promised exemption from conscription, and when this protection was removed, they organised against conscription. A Nation Transformed, Toronto 1974, p. 242. [23] Any type of literature espousing the views of these banned publications was subject to government seizure without a warrant. [39] Whatever the catalyst for this decline, the war negatively affected labour in Canada. However, some sectors of labour were against war, and called for general strikes to cripple the country and prevent its entry into the conflict. Sangster, Joan: Mobilizing Women for War in: Mackenzie, David (ed. Canada’s labour movement has a long history of improving workers’ everyday lives. There is also protection for medical, dental, disability, life and other insurance schemes. This fear turned out to be unfounded, as Douglas McCalla argues, since women made up only a small percentage of the total munitions industry workers.[8]. Borden had first recommended a voluntary information-gathering scheme, where men submitted information about themselves to allow the government to gauge the human resources available for the Canadian war effort. Women were still in subordinate to men in unions and many separate ethnic and racial unions were organized. The most radical elements of the labour revolt did not begin until after the war had ended. Labour reacted to the outbreak of war with enthusiasm, like the rest of Canada. Attesting to labour’s weakness and in contrast to most other belligerent countries, the federal government under Prime Minister Robert Borden (1854-1937) did not seek the opinion of labour leaders. Canadian labour’s position at the beginning of the First World War was weak in relation to employers. [37] Labour radicalism began to take root, but was suppressed after the Winnipeg General Strike. Ethnic and racial divisions in Canada also played a part in the creation of these laws. Over the course of the war, union membership expanded to unprecedented levels. As per article 87.2 of the Canada Labour Code, advance notice of strike or lockout to the other party and the Minister of Labour is required to be served at least seventy-two hours in advance. Morton, Desmond: Working People. TORONTO, Nov 20 1997 (IPS) - Canadian postal workers, echoing the concerns of labour unions in the United States, have gone on strike over government demands for more “flexibility” in job arrangements. A famous labour law professor told me once that sometimes you write decisions or public commission reports with an eye to the future. The Unionist party, made up of Conservatives and pro-conscription Liberals, represented conscription, while the opposition Liberals were against it. [28] This particular outbreak of protests followed the harassment of men who had received exemptions from conscription. [10] This position is supported by Kori Street, who demonstrates that over 50 percent of employed women in 1917 worked as clerks. A one-day general strike in British Columbia on 1 June 1987 protested against the proposed changes to British Columbia labour laws in bills 19 and 20. Much like the rest of the population, Canadian labour largely supported the war. Under such conditions, strikes occurred, but rarely succeeded in achieving workers’ goals. In 1917, munitions workers made up less than 20 percent of total women workers. ... Today, nearly 30 years later, the Constitutional right to strike came to Canada carried on the sails of Justice Dickson’s dissent. 1820-1920, in: Bercuson, David J. The most radical elements of the labour revolt did not begin until after the war had ended. Ontario Wanted: stories, memories and tales from the Inco strike of 1958 2020-09-22 [CBC] Ontario Tories Must Address Long-Term Care Staffing Crisis As Cases Surge: Unions 2020-09-22 [Huffington Post] Ontario Q&A: UFCW Canada’s Kevin Shimmin on the Indigo union vote 2020-09-22 [Quill and Quire] A: Section 155 of the Labour Relations Code protects pension rights and benefits during a strike or lockout. [13] These numbers were not maintained in the post-war years, however. This page was last edited on 10 September 2020, at 15:05. Before the war, unions were present throughout the country, but exercised only limited power. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11279. Many of the strike leaders were sentenced to prison terms as the federal government feared a Bolshevik uprising. [2] There was no national unity among labour unions, nor among the working class more generally. Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920, Toronto 2008, p. 433. The two most frequently used are mediation (which is covered in Chapter Eight of this guide) and strikes or lockouts. After the guns fell silent, four rioters lay dead and many more had been wounded. The degree of intensity in the labour revolt varied by region. The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was the culmination of years of war, anger, repression, and loss. [3] Based primarily in the more industrialised Eastern part of the country, the TLC’s narrow definition of trade unionism, which precluded many workers from joining, prevented the development of working-class solidarity on a nation-wide basis. In 1917, 218 strikes were recorded, in which a total of more than 50,000 workers had participated. In addition, large numbers of returning Canadian soldiers were involved in the strike, with some on the side of the protestors, others entering the new police force. Gregory Kealey claims the state had hidden its anti-working-class stance prior to the war, but that the measures introduced in the late war and post-war period revealed its true intentions to suppress radical labour movements. A general strike that began in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 15 May 1919 resulted in street violence, and was used by the federal government as an excuse to limit the power of organised labour in the immediate post-war years. [16] In southern Ontario, the number of days lost in strikes grew from 25,000 in 1915, to 77,000 in 1916, to over 120,000 in 1918.[17]. Conscription further exasperated the divide between urban and rural Canadians, which had been growing prior to the outbreak of war. The prevailing opinion amongst contemporary labour leaders and later historians is that the war severely weakened labour’s cause in the immediate post-war years after minor gains during the war. Brown, Robert Craig / Cook, Ramsay: Canada 1896-1921. Remember Kirkland Lake: The Gold Miners' Strike of 1941–42 tells the story of one of the most important industrial disputes in Canadian labour history. [32] It expanded into a general strike two weeks later when the TLC voted to support it. Labour Relations Rights (No Right to Bargain Collectively and/or No Right to Strike) 5.3 Securing Essential Services by Imposing Limitations on the Right to Strike (Controlled Strike Model) 5.3.1 Federal Public Service Labour Relations Act 5.3.2 Canada Labour Code 5.4 General Observations on the Controlled or Designated Strike Model Meetings conducted in these languages, other than religious services, were also banned. In 1919 many of the workers unions came together in Calgary to form One Big Union or the OBU. Strikes typically only impact union members, so non-members are not technically on strike, however, some non-union employees who will eventually be allowed to join the union might also part take so as to avoid any situations in the future. Morton, Desmond: Canada and War. In Canada, going on strike was a crime for some trade unionists until 1892. Craig Heron concludes that more women and ethnic minorities joined unions, but complete union solidarity was still lacking. Some radicalism continued after the founding of the Communist Party of Canada in 1921, but it was limited. Many men from the traditional ranks of organised skilled labour rushed to the colours. Labor > Strikes: Countries Compared Map. In 1915, however, increased industrial output for the war effort helped to end the depression. The TLC leadership accepted the scheme shortly after its creation in autumn 1916, assured that conscription would not occur, and recommended compliance to their members. Farmers, particularly in Ontario and the Prairie provinces, became involved in the labour revolt because of conscription. Such measures were mostly able to keep radical behaviour in check during war, but this would not be the case after the armistice. Many Ontario workers benefitted from the increase in war production, and were therefore less radical. There is no consensus as to when the Canadian labour revolt began. Some historians have connected to the popular resistance to conscription to the overall labour revolt. Selected Readings, Toronto 1994, p. 25. Heron, Craig: National Contours. [6] Radicalization was thus also limited, but the global war sent tremors throughout Canadian labour. Strikes, Lockouts And Picketing. The crucible of war changed Canada in many ways, but labour remained outside the structures of power after the fighting had ended. It claimed to speak for labour in Canada, when in fact few workers were organised into unions and not represented by the TLC. Drawing on the strength of this victory and the discontent in the West, the Progressive Party of Canada became the Official Opposition in the federal parliament after the 1921 election. 32-33. Labour Relations refers to the relations between employers and employees. The first recorded labor strike occurred in ancient Egypt in 1156 BC, when workers stopped working to protest late payment from the pharaoh, Ramesses III. The exact impact of the war on women in the workforce is still debated. Striking at the Ballot Box, in: Heron, Craig (ed. In response to conscription and a lack of workers’ rights, labour engaged in a revolt against employers, the war, and the federal government. It generally involves quitting of work by a group of workers for the purpose of bringing the pressure on their employer so that their demands get accepted. That election also saw numerous labour politicians elected to office: Joseph Shaw (1883-1944) and William Irvine (1885-1962) won as Labour candidates in Calgary, J. S. Woodsworth (1874-1942) in Winnipeg. That led to a new round of violence, which broke out on 21 June when strikers defied the ban on parades and gathered at the intersection of Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg. The government curtailed civil liberties and used conscription in an effort to limit the influence of radical labour leaders, but had little success. is licensed under: CC by-NC-ND 3.0 Germany - Attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivative Works. Kealey, State Repression of Labour 1992, p. 314. One example is the death of Albert “Ginger” Goodwin (1887-1918), a labour leader who was killed on 27 July 1918 while evading conscription in the hills of British Columbia. Although income tax was introduced in 1916 and 1917, candidates from all political parties argued this did not go far enough. [22] There was an additional ban on “any association, organization, society or corporation, one of those purposes or professed purposes is to bring about any government, political, social, industrial, or economic change within Canada”. This text [12] Workers also struck for higher wages, job security, and safer working conditions. The Canadian Government and the Suppression of the 1918 Quebec Easter Riots, in: Canadian Historical Review 89/4 (2008), pp. On 15 May 1919, between 25,000 and 30,000 workers left their workplaces at eleven o’clock in the morning. Rioting broke out, resulting in two deaths, numerous injuries, and dozens of arrests. The TLC faced opposition from the One Big Union (OBU), which advocated that all sectors of labour, skilled and unskilled, be represented by one organization. In May 1917, after returning from France and seeing the personal toll the war was taking on Canadian soldiers, whom he had visited in hospital, Prime Minister Borden reversed his promise not to enact conscription. The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was the culmination of years of war, anger, repression, and loss. [1] On the eve of the war, Canada was suffering an economic depression, resulting in high unemployment. For a good example of this more traditional view, see Auger, Martin: On the Brink of Civil War. Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown, Toronto 2005, p. 169. Strike, collective refusal by employees to work under the conditions required by employers. Strikes arise for a number of reasons, though principally in response to economic conditions (defined as an economic strike and meant to improve wages and benefits) or labour practices (intended to improve work conditions). Radicalization of labour increased, and the power of more conservative unions waned in the later war years. Naylor, James: Southern Ontario. By 1919, 378,000 workers had unionized. Morton, Desmond: When Your Number’s Up. They took their protest to Ottawa, but to no avail: The conscripting of farmers continued until the measure was ended in early 1919. It became the New Democratic Party in 1961, and continues to represent the labour position on provincial and federal levels. Transit workers were denied salary or compensation increases, due to a reported $3M deficit. It began in earnest when metal trades and building workers walked off the job in early May, demanding wage increases and the right to collective bargaining. [35] This day would come to be called “Bloody Saturday”, its iconic image that of a lone burning streetcar from that day. This is a timeline of labour issues and events in Canada. In 1965, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers defies government policies and stages an illegal, country-wide strike. These organizational weaknesses opened Canadian labour to outside influence, particularly from American-based international unions, which led to a division between craft and industrial unions. The reasons for the suppression of labour in the post-war period are still hotly debated. Canada Post- Strikes begin in labour dispute By Marc Montgomery | english@rcinet.ca Posted: Monday, October 22, 2018 08:55 Last Updated: Monday, October 22, 2018 09:06 Though the TLC generally supported the war, it took a hardline anti-conscription stance, and most labour groups followed. 291-292. [31] Woodsworth was the first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Foundation, a political party that brought together labour, farmer’s groups, and socialists in the 1930s. When all else fails, strike! It has been estimated 350,000 wage-earners struck from 1917-1920. The later years of the war saw a larger increase in membership: By the end of 1917, the total was approximately 205,000, and in 1918 250,000. Major Work Stoppages in Canada (Labour Program Canada). / Bright, David (eds. Australian and Canadian Conscription Debates during the First World War, in: Australian Journal of Politics and History 61/2 (2015), p. 195. Conscription and the perceived dismissal of their concerns of depopulation by both the provincial and federal government prompted farmers to stand for and win the Ontario provincial election in October 1919. ): The Workers’ Revolt in Canada 1917-1925, Toronto 1998, p. 215. As the strike dragged on, the federal government intervened and a number of strike leaders were arrested in the early morning of 19 June. [11] Traditional union power bases were very much reinforced by the war. 460-461. Conflict was not constrained to workers and employers, but also occurred between labour groups. A popular myth, challenged by Joan Sangster, is that women rushed to munitions plants in large numbers to fill jobs left by men who had gone to war. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2018-06-28. Sometimes you lay the ground work for future generations. This included women, workers from other countries, and ethnic minorities. While by the war’s end, almost 37 percent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force had listed their occupations as “industrial”, workers at home started to strike, partly in protest of the war. [33] Sympathy strikes broke out in numerous Canadian cities, but none reached the fervour of Winnipeg. Despite this, the TLC was unofficially recognized by the federal government as representing labour in Canada. [36] Though it did not achieve labour leaders’ goals, the Winnipeg General Strike remains in an important symbol of labour rights in Canada. Some historians claim the labour revolt began in 1916, while others place it in late 1917 with the election of the Union government, the introduction of conscription, and the orders in council that curbed the civil liberties of labour and trade unions. 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