We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Indigenous territories and we thank the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for their hospitality.

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Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Shirley McDonald and Bob Barnetson’s edited volume Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activismprovides a unique and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the role farm workers occupy in the complex industrial agriculture system. McDonald and Barnetson...

Review by Nick Fast


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Unfree Labour?: Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada

Canada has a long history of reliance on the labour of both permanent immigrants and migrant workers. In recent decades, the number of migrant workers entering Canada has increased significantly relative to permanent immigrants. A...

Review by Sarah Marsden


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Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League in Canada, 1930-1936

The struggle to build trade unions in the extractive and manufacturing industries of Canada — mining, forestry, fishing, clothing, furniture, and others — was meteoric and its demise equally rapid. Raising the Workers’ Flag provides...

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Citizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront 1919-1939

In Citizen Docker Andrew Parnaby explores industrial relations on the Vancouver waterfront during the interwar years. The analysis is linked to a broader consideration of the transition to the welfare state and the new industrial...

Review by Gordon Hak


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Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada

With Rebel Youth, Ian Milligan hearkens back to the political youth movements that went to the barricades, the conferences, and the picket lines in the 1960s, and in the process historicizes the events and people...

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Guarding the Gates: The Canadian Labour Movement and Immigration

Understanding immigration is central to understanding Canadian working-class history and the fortunes of the Canadian labour movement. This is the case not just because immigration stocked, and restocked, the labour market but also because workers...

Review by James Naylor


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Labour Goes to War: The CIO and the Construction of a New Social Order, 1939-45

Labour Goes to War is a welcome new study whose title promises readers an analysis of the major industrial union organizing drive led by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) during the Second World War....

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Capital and Labour in the British Columbia Forest Industry, 1934-1974

A few exceptions aside, the remarkable escalation of books that have investigated British Columbia’s forests and forest economy in recent years have not paid much attention to labour. Yet labour’s role is vital to the evolution...

Review by Roger Hayter


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Building the Power: The Labourers’ Union in British Columbia

This book tells the story of the Labourers’ International Union of North America in British Columbia since 1937 and is intended primarily for workers and retirees associated with the union. It is an insider’s perspective:...

Review by Gordon Hak


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Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order

Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order aims to give voice to street-based sex workers in urban Canada, in particular Indigenous women who face intersecting stigma associated with sex work, racism, and...

Review by Cecilia Benoit


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Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972

Labour historians have been arguing about the left in British Columbia politics and labour for ages. Now, through a skilful conversion of his 2008 University of New Brunswick dissertation “Tug of War,” University of Victoria...

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

COMPANY TOWNS – once ubiquitous across the greater North American West – usually originated in the corporate need for labour in isolated areas of resource extraction. Even those who remember favourably their experiences in company...

Review by William Robbins


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Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada

Selling Sex draws in many authors who have long been involved in the struggle to decriminalize sex work in Canada. The volume offers chapters written by academics, activists, and sex industry workers. Together they make...

Review by Kevin Walby


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American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941

THIS IS AN AMBITIOUS bookthat aims to “recontextualize, if not challenge” (9) several standard historical narratives: of the American West, of Asian American settlement, and of Filipino experiences in the United States in the early...

Review by Geraldine Pratt


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Gold Dust on His Shirt: The Story of an Immigrant Mining Family

British Columbia produces an astounding number of works on non-British immigrants on the west coast. Many recent books, such as Voices Raised in Protest (2008), The Triumph of Citizenship (2007), Nikkei Fishermen on the BC...

Review by Eva St. Jean


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The Long Distance Feeling: A History of the Telecommunications Workers Union

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 61, Spring 1984  

Review by Desmond Morton


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Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike

Arthur “Slim” Evans has long been a notable figure in Canadian labour history, most often associated with the famed On-to-Ottawa Trek that he led in 1935 in an effort to improve conditions in the relief...

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Labouring the Canadian Millennium: Writings on Work and Workers, History and Historiography

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 133, Spring 2002

Review by Robert Campbell


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Workers, Capital, and the State in British Columbia: Selected Papers

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 81, Spring 1989  

Review by Bryan Palmer


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A Communist Life: Jack Scott and the Canadian Workers Movement, 1927-1985

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 84, Winter 1989/90  

Review by Philip Resnick


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Indigenous Women, Work, and History 1940-1980

Historian Patrick Wolfe has foregrounded the contradictory condition of Indigenous labour within Euro-American settlement by arguing that mythic narratives of settler diligence coexisted with a heavy reliance on colonized Indigenous labour. As he observes in...

Review by Carol Williams