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History of the 1913 Lockout (Ireland)

Check out these historical videos from author @Padraig Yeates on the 1913 Lockout http://ning.it/t0H8VfI'm in the process of reading a book on the topic so I…Continue

Started by Adam O'Maolagáin Dec 2, 2011.

John MacLean 8 Replies

John MacLean was a key figure in Scotland's political history. He was part of the "Red Clydeside" during the First World War, being imprisoned on 5 occasions. I am from Glasgow but at the age of 40,…Continue

Started by Gary McDonagh. Last reply by Gary McDonagh Jul 18, 2011.

Labourers Union in B.C. (Canada) 2 Replies

I've been commissioned to write a history of the Labourers' Union (LIUNA) in B.C. for their Local 1611's 75th anniversary in 2012. I thought I would post this on the off chance that someone in the…Continue

Started by M.C. Warrior. Last reply by M.C. Warrior Feb 11, 2011.


Nobody knows for sure how the term Chapel became so familiar with the Printing Trade, particularly in the United Kingdom. Being an Aussie it was imported into Oz by the POHMS (Prisoners of Her…Continue

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Started by Rod Parham. Last reply by brian brock Jan 21, 2011.

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Comment by Adam O'Maolagáin on November 6, 2012 at 11:29

This is an article that Irish Tapestry workers have put together commemorating the 1913 lockout.http://ning.it/RPCoHN"

Comment by Doug Taylor on September 16, 2012 at 0:35
Comment by Doug Taylor on July 20, 2011 at 22:46
Comment by richard myers on July 11, 2011 at 18:45
Attention: Chicago, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and all points in between.
A good union activist and friend of mine, Bill Adler, has written a very important book about labor singer/song writer Joe Hill. He's touring the country in September-October-November, and it would be great to help him in any way possible. The book, to be published on (September) Labor Day, is titled The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon.
This book reveals, for the first time, significant circumstantial evidence that Hill may have been innocent of the crime for which he was executed in 1915 Utah. The book further identifies and follows the predations of the career criminal who most likely was responsible for the murders, and who was initially arrested for the crime, but was released concurrent with Utah authorities attaching the crime to the union singer/songwriter.
For more info, including archival images, samples of Joe's music and an excerpt from the introduction, please see:

Bill, his wife and seven-year-old son are touring the country in a small motor home to get out the word about Joe Hill.
While they plan to sleep in it most nights, I'm sure they would be amenable to invitations to share a meal and/or a roof if circumstances permit.
Other help could include a place to park overnight and wash up or do laundry, places to meet with union supporters, suggestions for additional book talks and signings, and help with publicizing the book signings listed below.
And by all means, PLEASE ATTEND listed events in your area!
Please send correspondence to bill@themanwhoneverdied.com or reach him through the book's website.
Many thanks!

His itinerary is at this link:

Comment by Padraig Yeates on July 4, 2011 at 8:10
Thanks for highlighting this. We had similar situation in Dublin where James Byrne, secretary of the Dun Laoghaire branch of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, lay in an unmarked grave for over 80 years after dying as the result of a hunger and thirst strike during the 1913 Lockout, whose centenary is now approaching. Interestingly the union's slogan, coined by Jim Larkin,  was 'An Injury to One is the Concern of All'.
Comment by Doug Taylor on July 3, 2011 at 5:29
Nick Schaack Memorial Unveiled

July 1, 2011
Leader Post article HERE.

A memorial to commemorate fallen On-to-Ottawa trekker Nick Schaack was unveiled at the Regina Cemetery, 76 years after the police instigated "Regina Riot".

More photos HERE.
Long buried in an unnamed grave site, his sacrifice was finally recognized and a proper head stone placed.
Comment by Doug Taylor on June 8, 2011 at 2:07

The 1932 Edmonton Hunger March

Alberta Federation of Labour
 “Alberta’s Radical Past”

Poster 3 in our "Alberta's Radical Past" poster series recalls one of the seminal moments of the early alberta labour movement, the 1932 Edmonton Hunger March.

The poster describes the profound level of despair and anger of average Albertan's who were suffering through the Great Depression with little or no government supports. Thousands of unemployed men and women rallied in edmonton's market square to voice their frustration. The following is an excerpt from the poster text which describes this historic event:

“There were people gathered. People wanted jobs. People wanted decent conditions for their families. None of us could understand why people were starving in a big beautiful half empty country. We couldn’t understand.”
- Clare Botsford


Comment by Doug Taylor on May 25, 2011 at 5:18

Patrick Lenihan: From Irish Rebel to Founder of Canadian Public Sector Unionism

Free ebook. Info kink below...


Comment by Doug Taylor on April 9, 2011 at 5:32
Get your own personal copy of the Labour History Book: "ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE: A History of Labour in Saskatchewan" 

Copies available at the SFL office for a great price of $10.00!!

# 220, 2445 13th Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0W1
Phone # (306) 525-0197
Fax # (306) 525-8960
Email: sfl@sfl.sk.ca

Book Review HERE.


A comprehensive history of working people in Saskatchewan, from the mid-1800s to the present, in a handsome coffee-table format, including numerous historical photos of the personalities and events that bring it to life.

Comment by Doug Taylor on January 23, 2011 at 3:00

My blog, Next Year Country: A Saskatchewan Socialist Blog, has a lot of Labour and Left History posts.

Click on the links for more info.


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