BC Labour Heritage Centre Newsletter – Nov. 2017

Hands off the workers’ beer!

British Columbia’s longest serving (1920-1960) MLA received an unusual honour recently in Victoria. A local brew pub launched Thomas Uphill Amber Ale, as a tribute to the independent Labour representative from Fernie.

Uphill, who opposed prohibition, famously stood up in Legislature and brandished a bottle of beer, declaring, “Beer is as necessary to the worker as milk to the baby… Hands off the workers’ beer!”

There is, of course, more to Tom Uphill than his defence of a good pint.  A more complete story can be read here, in Robert McDonald’s article, “Simply a Working Man: Tom Uphill of Fernie“.  Stay tuned as we work to recognize the Uphill legacy further in coming months.
Image b-06782, Royal BC Museum & Archives

Our partners at Community Savings Credit Union have generously helped to outfit our Labour History Walking Tours with umbrellas. BCLHC Chair Ken Novakowski models one of the brightly branded union-made umbrellas on an unusually sunny day.  Our walking tour participants will enjoy an extra level of protection during wet conditions!

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All