1005: Political Life in a Union Local
Today the giant Stelco steel mills in Hamilton are shut down, but in Canada’s turbulent labour history it was a place of protracted conflict between the stubborn, anti-union management of the company and the equally stubborn and militant Local 1005 of the Steelworkers Union.
The story is a fascinating one – a microcosm of the larger labour/management struggles in Canada. Among the events the book explores includes:
The battle from 1919 to 1944 to establish a union in the face of hostile management
The struggle for supremacy at 1005 between Communist and CCF factions
The 1946 strike for union recognition which became the post war showdown in Canada between unions and management
The chaotic 1966 wildcat strike that tore the union apart
The book tells the story of Local 1005 and at the same time explores the nature of political life in a local union, and the social and economic forces that shaped the politics of the local.
This is a book that describes how working people struggled to improve their lives, and in the process changed the history of the trade union movement and the nature of Canadian political life.