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04.04.19

TEAM, WAPSO Recognizes Centennial Anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

TEAM/IFPTE Local 161 and WAPSO/IFPTE Local 162 recognize the centennial anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, which continues to be one of the most significant and impactful worker struggles in Canada’s history. As described in a February 11th column by Cheryl Girard from the Winnipeg Free Press, the strike was the result of a culmination of massive unemployment following the First World War, the Spanish Flu outbreak, and overall dire economic conditions for Winnipeg’s citizens.

Girard wrote that, “In early May of 1919, Winnipeg’s building and metal trades workers went on strike, fighting for the right to collective bargaining, better wages and working conditions. In the following days, about 30,000 workers walked off their jobs in solidarity. Many soldiers supported the strike. Police officers, firemen, postal workers, telephone operators, male and female factory workers and thousands more followed suit...”.

Both TEAM/IFPTE Local 161 and WAPSO/IFPTE Local 162, representing workers in the city of Winnipeg, are participating in events throughout the year recognizing the anniversary and its significance. To learn more about the historic strike visit TEAM/Local 161 webpage.

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RELATED:
April 2019 – History of Labour in Canada (Canadian Labour Congress)

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