North America

Calgary 1919: The Birth of the OBU and the General Strike - Eugene Plawiuk

Eugene Plawiuk's history of the Calgary general strike of 1919, which started off as a sympathy strike for the Winnipeg general strike and soon escalated into their own struggle for union recognition.

The Edmonton General Strike of 1919 - Eugene Plawiuk

Eugene Plawiuk's account of the Edmonton general strike of 1919 which was sparked off in solidarity with the general strike in Winnipeg,

Battle of Ballantyne Pier, 1935 - Sam Lowry

A short history and background of the 1935 dockers' strike and subsequent bloody confrontation with police in Vancouver that became known as the Battle of Ballantyne Pier.

Canada: carpenter's wildcat spreads to other workers

250 carpenters at the Petro-Canada site launched the wildcat strike after their planned strike was banned by anti-union laws.

Atlanta cabbies in wildcat strike

Cab drivers refused to collect passengers

Cabbies at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport went on a five-hour wildcat strike Monday that ended when airport officials agreed to consider a list of their grievances.

Mexico: Union leaders accused of attacking their own members

Education workers in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico

Striking teachers in Cuidad Juarez have accused union bosses of being behind an attack on them.

New York: Cab strike on the cards

Up to 7,000 taxi drivers in New York are scheduled to stage a two-day strike on September 5-6.

Ending a war, inventing a movement: Mayday 1971

After SDS committed political suicide, and after the Jackson and Kent State shootings, one of the largest mass direct actions in US history took place under the slogan "If the Government won't stop the war, we'll stop the Government."

1886: The Bay View Massacre

Bay View Massacre memorial ceremony

The little known history of the massacre that occurred in Milwaukee, when 7,000 building workers and 5,000 Polish workers demanded the eight-hour work day.

1911-1970s: Unions and workers: limitations and possibilities, by Martin Glaberman

Sitting down

Detroit auto-worker Martin Glaberman analyses the bureaucratisation and decline of the US trade union movement. An interesting article interspersed with historical information and personal reminiscences