The history of British Columbia's economy in the 20th century is inextricably bound to the development of the forest industry. In this comprehensive study, Gordon Hak approaches this link from the perspective of workers and employers in the industry, examining the two main institutions that structured this relationship during the Fordist era: the companies and the unions.Hak investigates the broad relationship between capital and labour in a historical context, focusing on the corporations and their employees, but also taking account of the roles played by the state and environmental organizations. Drawing on theories of Fordism, the labour process, and discursive subjectivity, he relates daily routines of production and profit-making to broader forces of unionism, business ideology, ecological protest, technological change, and corporate concentration. The struggle of the small business sector to survive in the face of corporate growth, the interior and coastal histories of the industry, the transformations in capital-labour relations during the period, and the forestry industry's encounter with the emerging environmental movement are all considered in Hak's eloquent analysis.Taking a critical historical perspective on the forest industry in British Columbia, Capital and Labour in the British Columbia Forest Industry will be essential reading for anyone interested in the business, natural resource, political, social, and labour history of the province.
Gordon Hak is a member of the History Department at Malaspina University-College.
Maps, Tables, Illustrations Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1 Companies, Markets, and Production Facilities 2 The State, Sustained Yield, and Small Operators 3 Establishing Unions 4 Union Politics 5 The Daily Grind: Capital and Labour in the Era of the Collective Agreement 6 Technology 7 Companies and Unions Meet the Environmental Movement Final Remarks Notes Abbreviations Bibliography Index