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Union Power: Solidarity and Struggle in Niagara

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Book Series: Working Canadians: Books from the CCLH ISSN: 1925184X ISBN: 9781926836782 9781926836799 9781926836805 9781771990493 Year: Pages: 224 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Business and Management
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From factory workers in Welland to retail workers in St. Catharines, from hospitality workers in Niagara Falls to migrant farm workers in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Union Power showcases the role of working people in the Niagara region. Charting the development of the region's labour movement from the early nineteenth century to the present, Patrias and Savage illustrate how workers from this highly diversified economy struggled to improve their lives both inside and outside the workplace. Including extensive quotations from interviews, archival sources, and local newspapers, the story unfolds, in part, through the voices of the people themselves: the workers who fought for unions, the community members who supported them, and the employers who opposed them.Early industrial development and the appalling working conditions of the often vulnerable common labourer prompted a movement toward worker protection. Patrias and Savage argue that union power – power not built on profit, status, or prestige – relies on the twin concepts of struggle and solidarity: the solidarity of the shared interests of the working class and the struggle to achieve common goals. Union Power traces the evidence of these twin concepts through the history of the Niagara region's labour movement.

Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations

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ISBN: 9789462984363 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789462984363 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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This book offers a view of shifts in labour relations in various parts of the world over a breathtaking span, from 1500 to 2000, with a particular emphasis on colonial institutions.

A Usable Collection: Essays in Honour of Jaap Kloosterman on Collecting Social History

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ISBN: 9789089646880 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_496214 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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Established in 1935, the International Institute of Social History (IISH) is one of the world’s leading research institutes focused on social history and holds one of the richest collections in the field. This volume brings together thirty-five essays in honor of the IISH’s longtime director Jaap Kloosterman, who built the institute into a world leader in the field.

Transformations of Trade Unionism

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ISBN: 9789463724715 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789463724715 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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The historical experiences of workers organizing in Europe and the United States figure among the many forms of workers’ resistance resulting from the variety of labour relations in the global past. They cannot and will not be uniformly duplicated or copied from their present form in the global transformations of labour and workers’ movements that we are witnessing today. Nevertheless, in the twentieth century trade unionism as a form of collective agency among workers became a global phenomenon. With growing numbers of workers being exposed to wage labour and labour markets, the cases of workers organizing in the original heartlands of trade unionism in Europe and the United States can provide a historical background for future prospects and transformations. Based on comparisons of long-term developments and focusing on transnational connections, Transformations of Trade Unionism shows that historically there have been many varieties of trade unionism, emerging independently or transforming older ones, and that these varieties and transformations can be explained by specific and changing labour regimes. The case studies all start from Dutch examples, or incorporate a Dutch element, but the comparative and transnational approach connects these histories to general developments in Europe and United States from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.

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