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Political Science Labor & Industrial Relations

Walking the Union Walk

Stories From the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union

by (author) Jamie Swift

Publisher
Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Nov 2003
Category
Labor & Industrial Relations, Social History
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781896357744
    Publish Date
    Nov 2003
    List Price
    $24.95

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Hi-tech tactics during a strike at a dockside factory in Montreal. A workplace cancer tragedy in Sarnia, Ontario. Immigrant workers sticking with their union at the chocolate factory. A struggle for pay equity in the courts and on the streets. A campaign to create jobs by cutting hours of work in B.C. An organizing drive 350 kilometres out into the frigid Atlantic. These are some of the fascinating stories told by Jamie Swift in his chronicle of the first ten eventful years of one of the most dynamic labour unions in North America.

A strength of the book is its national scope, and the range of jobs portrayed, drawing on stories from every region of the country.

“We had a little war there,” laughed Alain. “One of the first internet strikes. We’d just entered a new century and with it a new level of struggle using new technology.”

“Unions are always accused of looking out for ourselves,” said Mike. At 47, he was one of the youngest pipefitters at the mill. “We’re trying to reduce the work week to keep people employed, and not just our own members.”

About the author

Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books, most recently The Vimy Trap, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (with Ian McKay), finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the Canadian Historical Association Prize for the Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History. He has held the Michener Foundation fellowship for public service journalism and was a longtime documentary producer for CBC-Radio’s “Ideas.” In addition to the writing life, he is a social justice advocate. He taught “Critical Perspectives on Business” at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University for many years.

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