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Subject/Keyword
industrial dispute
coal
labour strike
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Stace, Trevor I. E.
Supervisor and department
Muir, James (Department of History and Classics)
Examining committee member and department
Muir, James (Department of History and Classics)
Mouat, Jeremy (Department of Social Sciences)
Strikwerda, Eric (Department of History and Classics)
Department
Department of History and Classics
Specialization
History
Date accepted
2015-08-05T16:09:19Z
Graduation date
2015-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In 1932, coal miners inside of Alberta's Crowsnest Pass struck for 195 days over working conditions. I use a multi-perspective approach and found my analysis on the basis of community to increase our understanding on industrial disputes. I explore the strike from the viewpoint of coal operators, miners, union organizers, women, the RCMP, and other residents inside the region to contextualize the experience of the strike. By using the starting point of community, I add to the ‘labour versus capital’ paradigm often employed in writings on industrial disputes. The Mine Workers Union of Canada represented the striking miners but it became clear that community consensus to support for the union was never reached. Resistance against the union formed on several fronts and often pitted strike supporters against those who disagreed. The strike is a reminder that tensions not only existed between classes but also within classes.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3SJ19W9M
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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