During the Great Depression, the conflicting interests of capital and labour became clearer than ever before. Radical Canadian workers, encouraged by the Red International of Labour Unions, responded by building the Workers' Unity League - an organization that greatly advanced the cause of unions in Canada, and boasted 40,000 members at its height. In Raising the Workers' Flag, the first full-length study of this robust group, Stephen L. Endicott brings its passionate efforts to light in memorable detail. Raising the Workers' Flag is based on newly available or previously untapped sources, including documents from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Security Service and the Communist Party's archives. Using these impressive finds, Endicott gives an intimate sense of the raging debates of the labour movement of the 1930s. A gripping account of the League's dreams and daring, Raising the Workers' Flag enlivens some of the most dramatic struggles of Canadian labour history.
Stephen L. Endicott is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.
Table of Contents Preface & Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Workers in Canada's Second Industrial Revolution Chapter 2 The Red International Chapter 3 Getting Started Chapter 4 Going to 'Mecca' Chapter 5 1931: Trial by Fire Chapter 6 Red Blairmore Chapter 7 1932: Confronting the Prime Minister Chapter 8 The First Congress of the Workers' Unity League 1932 Chapter 9 Women of the Workers' Unity League Chapter 10 Hard Rock Miners: Anyox - Flin Flon - Noranda Chapter 11 1933: Gaining Momentum Chapter 12 Sweatshops and Militancy in the Needle Trades Chapter 13 Woodsmen of the West Chapter 14 Fishers in the Salish Sea Chapter 15 Not Hot Cakes or Foremen - On to Ottawa! Chapter 16 Changing Times: the final convention of the WUL Chapter 17 Afterword Appendixes Bibliography Photo Credits Index