A History of the New Brunswick
Federation of Labour
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Established in 1913, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour is the second oldest provincial federation of labour in Canada. Its history began in early campaigns for workers' compensation and union recognition, and continues today in the latest battles to defend social standards, secure employment, and union rights. Active initially in the port city of Saint John and the railway centre of Moncton, the Federation later expanded to include workers in the mines and mills of the north, to take up the causes of public employees and women workers and to confront the realities of life and work in a bilingual society.
A pioneering study, written in clear and forceful prose, this is the untold story of provincial labour solidarities that succeeded in overcoming divisions and defeats to raise the status of working men and women within New Brunswick society. Drawing on archives, newspapers, and workers' own descriptions of their experiences, Frank makes an original contribution to our understanding of the political, economic, and social development of the province. In so doing, he helps meet the need for an informed public awareness of the history of workers and unions in all parts of Canada.
Source: David Frank, Provincial Solidarities: A History of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (Edmonton, Athabasca University Press, 2013). ISBN: 978-1-927356-23-4, 260 pages. A Canadian Committee on Labour History title.
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