Just posted this article on the LAOL website. http://www.labouringallourlives.ca/…/The-Working-Class-In-W…
This is the third in a series on Guelph workers in Winter. It provides a glimpse at hockey. To view follow this link
Have posted another blog on the LAOL website. It is on curling and pleasure skating. The next one is on hockey in Guelph
The link is here.
I have just added a Blog on the LAOL website. Check it out here:http://labouringallourlives.ca/…/The-Working-Class-In-Winte…
Below is an image of LAOL Tee Shirts. They are also available in black with green lettering. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact me via Facebook.
Today is Labour Day. Enjoy yourselves, but take the time to note the origins of the day and the sacrifices workers make each and every day. While many improvements have occurred over the years - mainly the result of Unions pushing for safer working conditions, better wages and shorter hours - much remains to be done.
Accidents still happen and, for some peculiar reason, an accident that occurs on the job as a result of improper training, poor management or unsafe conditions is not MURDER but an Accident. As long as a worker's life is not valued, fatalities will continue to happen on the job. think about this the next time you hear someone bashing unions and calling for a free market system.
Labour Day is fast approaching. LAOL will be at the Labour Day Picnic on Monday, September 4 at Riverside Park. We hope to include several early day Labour Day photos/pictures. Below are several from early celebrations in 1902 (the first) and the rest are from 1904.All courtesy of the Guelph Civic Museum
LAOL will be appearing at the Guelph and District Labour Council's Labour Day Picnic.We will have a small display and information table. We are also going to be selling our Tee-shirts
Labour Day is fast approaching - September 4th. LAOL will be at Riverside Park.Guelph with their display. Will include a few new Guelph artifacts - including, hopefully, an IMICO nutcracker borrowed from a friend, some ads from Woods (1948) and Raymonds (1911) a blotter from the Guelph Paper Box company (date unknown) and an instructions manual - albeit a little bit worn, for Raymond Sewing Machines (1907). Below is a photo of the City's First Labour Day Parade in 1902 courtesy of the Guelph Civic Museum.
Just posted a new blog on Summertime Pleasures for Guelph workers online athttp://labouringallourlives.ca/Blog/TabId/125/PgrID/1570/PageID/1/Default.aspx
LAOL will have a booth this year at Hillside Music Festival. Hope to help people learn more about our city's Labour/Working Class past. Will bring a few artifacts - currently on the hunt for more to show but have a limited budget to purchase them. Let me know if you have a line on any.Thanks
A photo from the 1960s of Leland Electric. Loaned to me by a neighbour, C. Pettifer, who worked at Leland Electric during the War years. Leland's was the site of several strikes. Incluidng 50 women in July 1941 and members of UE-CIO local 508 briefly went out concerning wages in 1948. They won.
In 1949 a dispute arose between two factors within the union. Leonard Maynard who was a UEW-CIO president, locked heads with Jock Smith a IUE -CIO supporter. This resulted in a split at Leland's with the UEW being voted out by the employees in 1950 for its communist/socialist ties. Jock Smith became leader of the IE-CIO local 508.