1918 Vancouver General Strike

1918 Vancouver General Strike

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The 1918 Vancouver General Strike was the first general strike in Canadian history[ and was held 2 August 1918. It was organized as a one-day political protest against the killing of draft evader and labour activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin, who had called for a general strike in the event that any worker was drafted against their will. The strike was met with violence from returned soldiers who had been mobilized and supplied with vehicles to storm the Labour Temple at 411 Dunsmuir Street (the present-day 411 Seniors Centre). Three hundred men ransacked the offices of the Vancouver Trades and Labour Council (VTLC), twice attempted to throw the VTLC secretary, Victor Midgely, out the window, and forced Midgely and a longshoreman to kiss the Union Jack. A woman working in the office was also badly bruised when she prevented Midgely's from being thrown out the window. Labour activist and suffragette Helena Gutteridge was also at the scene, but was unscathed.
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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • 613661183X
  • 9786136611839