Annual Workshop


Calgary, Alberta
29 May 2016

Details TBA

Calgary, Alberta
29 May 2016

The Canadian Committee for Labour History (CCLH) and Alberta Labour History Initiative are sponsoring a free public concert by Juno-award nominated singer Maria Dunn.  Dunn's new "video ballad" entitled Packingtown  is about the history of the meat packing industry in Alberta.  As Maria’s website explains, “Packingtown involves archival research, recording oral histories, scanning photographs and writing songs inspired by the people who worked in Alberta meatpacking plants between the early 1900s and the 1980s."

WHEN:  SUNDAY, 29 MAY 2016 FROM 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM 
WHERE: Calgary Public Library - Central Library - 616 Macleod Trail Southeast Calgary- View Map
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Ottawa, Ontario
31 May 2015

Sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Labour History & Workers History Museum

Labour and Capital II:  Making Labour History in Ottawa
Following on the success of the 2009 CCLH Workshop at the CHA Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, the Workers History Museum will again host with the CCLH a one day conference on

Sunday May 31 2015 

at the PSAC HQ Building 233 Gilmour Street (just blocks from the University of Ottawa)
REGISTRATION FEE: $20.00 / $10 Low Income
(Includes conference material, lunch and refreshments)
9 am - 3 pm
(9-9:30 am coffee and registration)
(Catered lunch at noon)

To Register or receive additional information, contact the Workers' History Museum


Sunday, May 25, 2014
St. Catharines, Ontario


Morning workshop

Meet at UNIFOR (formerly CAW) Local 199 Hall, 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines

9 a.m. Workshop registration and refreshments
Welcome by Larry Savage, Director, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University

9:30 a.m. Session 1: Exploring Labour’s Past
• Carmela Patrias, Department of History, Brock University, on immigrant workers and radicalism in the Niagara region
• Peter Scott/Len James, UNIFOR Local 199 Education Committee, on the Canadian Auto Workers in St. Catharines

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Session 2: Facing Current Challenges
• Pablo Godoy, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, on organizing migrant workers in Niagara agriculture
• Ann Duffy and June Corman, Department of Sociology, Brock University, on workers’ responses to plant closings in Welland

12:15 p.m. Buffet-style lunch

1:15 p.m. Depart for afternoon tours

Afternoon tours (bus transportation provided)

1:30 p.m. Guided tour, Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church, National Historic Site and Harriet Tubman’s last stop on the Underground Railroad, 92 Geneva Street, St. Catharines (NOTE: The church is not wheelchair-accessible.)

3 p.m. “Remembering Niagara’s Labour History,” St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, 1932 Welland Canal Parkway, St. Catharines
- Photo exhibit
- Kathleen Powell, supervisor of historical services/curator, on building a Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial

4:30 p.m. Guided tour and wine/cheese tasting, Pillitteri Estates Winery, 1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake (1 hour, partially accessible.)

Co-sponsors: Canadian Committee on Labour History, Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies, Brock University Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University Department of History (with additional support from the Brock University Jobs and Justice Research Unit)

For more information, contact: Tami J. Friedman (Department of History, Brock University), 905-688-5550, ext. 3709,


2013 Labour History Workshop
Social Democracy and British Columbia's Working Class

Final Program

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Victoria, British Columbia
Legacy Art Gallery, 643 Yates St

10:15am – Victoria Labour History Walking Tour, with historian Patrick Dunae
Meet at Swan’s Hotel, 506 Pandora Avenue at Store Street

12:00 Noon – A la carte Lunch at Swan’s Pub, 506 Pandora Avenue

1:00pm – Workshop Registration Opens
Legacy Art Gallery, 643 Yates Street, refreshments provided

1:30pm – Plenary Session #1: “Critical Perspectives on Social Democracy”

  • William Carroll, author of Challenges and Perils: Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times
  • Nicole O’Byrne, University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
  • Ingo Schmidt, author of Social Democracy After the Cold War

3:00pm – Coffee Break and Refreshments

3:15pm – Plenary Session #2: “Social Democracy and BC’s Working Class”

  • Jim Sinclair, President, British Columbia Federation of Labour
  • Ms. Joey Hartman, President, Vancouver & District Labour Council
  • Tara Ehrcke, President, Greater Victoria Teachers' Association

5:00pm – Social/Coffee House
Solstice Cafe, 529 Pandora Avenue, featuring live music by local labour troubadour Art Farquharson and a special guest

5:30pm – BOOK LAUNCH: David Frank’s Provincial Solidarities / Solidarités Provinciales

Sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Labour History, the University of Victoria Social Justice Studies Program, and the Society for Socialist Studies