In the fall of 1939, more than 600 fishermen and fish handlers in the tiny town of Lockeport, Nova Scotia walked the picket line in front of the town's only employers, Swim Brothers and the Lockeport Company.
Both fishplants had locked their doors rather than recognize the Canadian Fishermen's Union as official bargaining agent. For eight weeks, as autumn turned to winter, the men, with their wives and families, held firm. It was a bread-and-butter struggle that made national headlines--one of the first major attempts by Nova Scotia fishermen and fishhandlers to win union recognition, and one of the first major tests of the N.S. Trade Union Act, passed in 1937.
This is the story of the Lockeport lockout of 1939 and its legacy, told in the words of its participants, by contemporary journalists and photographers, in song and polemic.
About the author
SUE CALHOUN has worked on newspapers in Ontario, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, freelanced for CBC television and radio, and wrote for such magazines as Canadian Geographic and Maclean\s. '