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The Rise of Industrial Unionism in Canada – A History of the CIO

Don Taylor, Bradley Dow
Publication date: July, 1988

This paper was written from the perspective of Don Taylor, who was able to work in every part of Canada with union people - both leaders and members - many of whom had been involved in the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from its beginnings in this country. He felt that there were too few written memoirs of the experiences of those whose deeds didn't conform to accepted heroic traditions or dramatic conventions, but who enjoyed the great priviledge of working for a good cause in pursuit of noble principles.

This monograph relies upon sound historical sources for verification of facts and events. It attempts, as well, to capture something of the evangelical spirit which propelled this grass roots movement and enabled it to accomplish so many unprecedented improvements in the status of working people.