Skip to main content

Vancouver Longshoremen, Resilient Solidarity and the 1935 Interruption: Company Unionism 1923-1945.

Resource type
Thesis type
(Thesis) M.A.
Date created
This thesis challenges the historiography that asserts the waterfront strike in Vancouver in 1935 was a failed militant surge by a new radical leadership in an otherwise twenty-year period of dormancy among the city's longshoremen. Using union documents, employer records, and interviews with workers, the thesis presents the entire company era, between 1923 and 1944, as a period of developing solidarity and resistance. In this context the 1935 strike and the union's leadership were a product of, not a radical departure from that continuity. The thesis shows that despite two lost strikes in 1923 and again in 1935, the administrative structures the employers established produced a resilient culture of solidarity that was in place before Partiament acted in 1944 to provide longshorement with the legal framework for union representation.
Copyright statement
Copyright is held by the author.
The author has not granted permission for the file to be printed nor for the text to be copied and pasted. If you would like a printable copy of this thesis, please contact
Scholarly level
Supervisor or Senior Supervisor
Thesis advisor: Leier, Mark
Member of collection
Download file Size
etd7692_RSmith.pdf 992.97 KB

Views & downloads - as of June 2023

Views: 15
Downloads: 3