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Leaflet: Agreement and Conditions of Work: Acme Workers 1941 - Steel Workers Organizing Committee
A fascinating flashback to a part of Canadian labour history, this small leaflet contained the first agreement won by the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) from the Acme Screw and Gear company in Toronto, 1941 during the war.
The leaflet begins by outlining the struggle that the agreement grew out of which included two strikes and the intervention of the government. The efforts of the union had been opposed all along the way by Acme's President, N. P. Peterson, who had proudly declared that he was "running a workhouse".
As the union was new to the workplace the SWOC wanted the workers to be aware of all of its terms such as seniority, filing a grievance, work hours, etc. It points out that these victories had not yet been won for workers in non-union shops.
We have also included a photo from a strike in the 1960s at the Acme plant on Weston Rd. in Toronto. The workers were represented by the United Autoworkers at that point.
The leaflet ends by noting "Don't forget...you and your fellow employees fought hard for these rights and benefits...Make Sure You Use Them and KEEP them."
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Acme workers on strike, Toronto 1960s
While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.
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