Winnipeg General Strike Collection
Call Number: Mss Sc 175

Title: Winnipeg General Strike Collection.

Dates: 1919, 1965.

Extent: 0.04 m of textual records.

Historical note: The Winnipeg General Strike is Canada's best-known general strike. The Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council (W.T.L.C.) called a general strike when negotiations broke down between management and labour in the building and metal trades on May 15, 1919. Almost 30000 workers left their jobs that day. Composed of delegates from each of the unions affiliated with the W.T.L.C., the Central Strike Committee co-ordinated the strike. The issues at stake included collective bargaining, better wages, and working conditions. A Citizens' Committee composed of bankers, politicians, and manufacturers were opposed to the strike. On June 17, the government arrested ten leaders of the Central Strike Committee and two propagandists from the newly formed One Big Union. Four days later, the Royal North-West Mounted Police charged a crowd of strikers causing one death. As federal troops took over the streets and pressures from the government and employers mounted, the strikers decided to return to work on June 25.

Custodial history: The custodial history of this collection prior to its arrival at University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections is not known. This collection was previously known as "Clippings from the Winnipeg Free Press: General Strike". This was changed to its present title in January 2009.

Scope and content: The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from both the Winnipeg Free Press and the Winnipeg Evening Tribune regarding the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. The clippings are from May 27-29, June 2-3, 6, 10-13, 30 and July 1, 1919. One clipping is from November 20, 1965. One complete photocopy of the scrapbook is included.

Source of supplied title: Title based on contents of fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Finding aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.