BC Labour Heritage Centre Bulletin-September 2017
International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) members demonstrated against the Amchitka nuclear test outside the U.S. consulate on Burrard Street in Vancouver on November 3, 1971.
George Diack/Vancouver Sun
A Rebellious Century of Protests, Riots, and Strikes
An exhibit opening on September 28 at the Museum Vancouver will include several photos and objects relating to the history of labour. City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. The BC Federation of Labour is a sponsor partner of the exhibit.
City on Edge builds on the book of the same name, published by Greystone Books, and authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird.
NEW! Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Labour Studies at SFU
Simon Fraser University has received approval from the BC government to offer a Bacherlor of Arts degree with a major in Labour Studies. Congratulations to Kendra Strauss, Director of Labour Studies at SFU and the entire Advisory Committee who have been lobbying for this for many years.
East Kootenay Labour History
British Columbia workers and their unions have long fought for safe workplaces. No industry has felt the horrors of workplace tragedies like underground coal mining. In the Crowsnest Pass and Elk Valley regions alone, at least 500 men lost their lives since mining began in the late 1800s.
On September 16, the BC Labour Heritage Centre, the United Steelworkers Local 9346 and the East Kootenay District Labour Council will unveil a plaque on the Miners’ Walk in Fernie, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Coal Creek Mine explosion which killed 34.
While not the largest loss of life, the event is significant because it led to a strike by the United Mine Workers which was entirely concerned with safe working conditions.
Our next Vancouver Labour History Walking Tour is Saturday, September 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vancouver-labour-history-walking-tours-tickets-32274107725.
After 15 years Ginger Goodwin rises again!
This vintage highway sign has found its way to the BC Labour Heritage Centre. It was placed on the Island Highway in 1996 by an NDP government and removed in 2001 by the BC Liberals. The Cumberland Museum has its mate, “END OF Ginger Goodwin Way”. Members of the community have begun work to recognize the 100th anniversary of Goodwin’s 1918 murder near Cumberland.