Zander, Bill oral history interview

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union organizing
lumber milling

Bill Zander has lived and worked in New Westminster for over 35 years. Despite being offered a job in a bank after high school graduation, Zander left the bank and started working at Cap Timber. Working at the mill, even on union wages, was not considered a desirable job at the time, but he enjoyed the work and he was able to support his family. He eventually became a carpenter, and served on the executive of the provincial and national Carpenter Union for 18 years. Zander shares stories about the start of women working in the wood products industry, the changing downtown core of New Westminster and the role of unions in various labour disputes.

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Interview with Bill Zander