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The Canadian Labor Movement
Reviews the history of Canadian labor demonstrating the gains and changes of the working class and labor movement between 1940 and 1975.
# 114017 | 2,060 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on May 25, 2009 in Canadian Studies (Labor Studies) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper explains that the post-World War II years in Canada witnessed the fight for labor reform, resulting in great strides by the labor movement in advancing the conditions, rights and wages of the workforce. To illustrate the history of this achievement, the author discusses the origins of the post-war collective bargaining system, the labor movement in Quebec, ethnically split labor markets, immigrant working women and the organization of the civil service. The 1946 steel strike, the 1965 postal strike and the generational conflict in the labor movement of the 1960s are also presented in the paper to underscore the difficulties encountered by the Canadian labor movement.

Table of Contents:
Growth in Union Membership and the Labor Movement
Government Legislation - Supports Collective Bargaining
Government Order-in-Council P.C. 2685
NASCO Organized by SWOC
New Policy and Collective Bargaining Act Passed
Labor Court - Collective Bargaining Act Details
Corporatism Evolves into Business Reform
Liberal Humanism and Economic Planning
Ethnically Submerged Split Labor Market
Porters Unionized in 1942 and Establish Agreement in1945
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"It is related that, in June of 1940, the government proclaimed order-in-council P.C 2685: a declaration of principles which the government hoped labor and management would adopt. It was the government's hope to proactively address unrest in the industrial sector and thereby "prejudice the war effort." This order was a formula that addressed resolving disputes and provided encouragement to employers to recognize unions voluntarily as well as good faith negotiation and dispute resolution in a conciliatory fashion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Calliste, Agnes (1987) Sleeping Car Porters in Canada: An Ethnically Submerged Split Labour Market. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 1987 Canadian Ethnic Studies Association.
  • Gindin, Sam (1987) Globalization, Nationalism, and Internationalism (1987) The Modern Era (1960-1990).
  • Iacovetta, Franca (1987) From Contadina to Workers: Southern Italian Immigrant Working Women in Toronto, 1947-1962. The Modern Era. (1960-1990)
  • McDowell, Laurel Sefton (1987)The Formation of the Canadian Industrial Relations System During World War Two. Labour/Le Travail 1987 Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • Rouillard, Jacques (1987) Major Changes in the Confederation des travaillerus catholiques du Canada, 1940-1060 in M.D. Beheils, ed., Quebec Since 1945. 1987 Revue d'histoire de l'Amerique francais.

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