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A telegram relating to the Canadian Seamen's Union


Record No: mha00000073
Title: Papers relating to the Canadian Seamen's Union
Dates: 1949
Location: MF-0141 MHA
Creator: Canadian Seaman's Union.
Extent: 5 pp.
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on description.
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The Canadian Seaman's Union was established 1936 to improve the archaic conditions and wages for ordinary seamen. Affiliated to the Trade and Labor Congress, this effective, well supported, nationalist, communist led, industrial union contributed handsomely to Canada's WWII effort. It gained concessions, was recognized as collective bargaining agent for ordinary seamen and fought unsuccessfully to retain Canada's merchant fleet, the Western world's fourth largest. Using the red scare and an ill-timed strike in 1949, some shipping companies, including the federal government's, in collusion with the government and Canadian union leaders pressured by US international unionists, imported a known criminal, who violently broke the CSU. (F.J.K. Griezic, The Canadian Encyclopedia).
Scope and Content: Photocopies of handouts issued by the Canadian Seaman's Union and the Seafarer's International Union of North America at the time of the 1949 CSU conflict.
Reproduction Note: Photocopied in the 1970s. Location of the original unknown.
Subject: Merchant seamen.
Subject: Trade-unions.
Subject: Strikes and lockouts Shipping.


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