Debeck, Brian oral history interview

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Retail and Warehouse Union
Canada Rice Mill
Safeway Supermarkets
Labatt's Brewing
labour organizing

Brian Debeck worked on and off the water in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia since the 1960s. His work experiences involve mills, fisheries, ships, warehouses and docks and he ultimately became the union representative of the Retail and Warehouse Union in BC. He tells stories from his first work at the Canada Rice Mill in Richmond to his time as a union representative at the international convention in Miami. The BC union eventually broke away from the international union and formed separately in BC. Debeck discusses the changes to the transportation sector in BC, and links various historical changes to changes he has observed in his work. Companies mentioned in the interview are Burrard Trucking, Burlington Northern Railway, Safeway, Labatt Breweries and Georgia Straight.

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Interview with Brian Debeck