by Emily Leedham While we can share many facts and statistics about low-wage work as a feminist issue, our organizing practices within the labour movement needs to reflect the reality that women deserve autonomy in every step of this fight. You might know women represent over 60% of minimum wage workers across Canada. And that women Continue readingTowards a working class feminism in the Fight for $15
International Women's Day
A front line worker’s reflections on race, gender, and class in a woman’s shelter by Charlotte Gilman Front line workers in women’s shelters perform essential, yet underappreciated labour. Our work begins before women even come to a shelter. We respond to crisis calls, giving immediate support and information each time we pick up the phone. Continue readingWorkers’ rights is a feminist issue!
The 44-day Flint sit-down strike of 1936-37 was the workers’ battle that defeated General Motors, the largest corporation in the world at the time. It transformed the United Autoworkers (UAW) from a fledgling campaign in the auto sector to the vanguard of a militant labour movement that spread across the continent and put employers on Continue readingWeekend Video: Women of the GM Flint sit-down strike
By Alicia Williamson March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual tradition that began over a hundred years ago. While celebrations continue worldwide, few people remember that the holiday was first initiated by American Socialists. As legend would have it, they were inspired to hold a demonstration in order to mark the anniversary of Continue readingThe Working-Class Origins and Legacy of International Women’s Day
On this International Women’s Day, we turn to Peterborough, Ontario in the mid-1960s… Tilco Striker from Matthew Hayes on Vimeo The short film above, created and presented here at ActiveHistory.ca by Matthew Hayes, is the story of women workers in a Peterborough, Ontario plastics factory who unionized and struck in the mid-1960s against management harassment Continue readingThe Tilco Strike