“’Give a Shantyboy Whisky and His Head Will Go ‘Round’: Liquor and Logging on the British Columbia Coast”, by Kaden Walters

Hello readers! It’s been a quiet last couple of months on the blog, however, this doesn’t reflect the great deal of work that has gone on around here. Since my last post in January, I have spent the following few months away from the archive to focus on university, but Henry has been here aloneContinue reading ““’Give a Shantyboy Whisky and His Head Will Go ‘Round’: Liquor and Logging on the British Columbia Coast”, by Kaden Walters”

“Part 2: Union Certification Challenged from Within” by John Mountain, Digging into History 2.12 (December 2020)

Union Certification Challenged From Within Revisited – For this month’s deep dig, I’m again delving into that situation that happened sixty years ago when some IWA members – powerhouse workers – thought they would explore a relationship with another union – the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) In my November 2020 deep dig, IContinue reading ““Part 2: Union Certification Challenged from Within” by John Mountain, Digging into History 2.12 (December 2020)”

“Part 1: Union Certification Challenged from Within” by John Mountain, Digging into History 2.11 (November 2020)

In this month’s deep dig, I’m burrowing into a situation that happened sixty years ago when some IWA members – powerhouse workers – thought they could get a better deal for themselves if they explored a relationship with another union. As an IWA rank and file member at the sawmill level and then as anContinue reading ““Part 1: Union Certification Challenged from Within” by John Mountain, Digging into History 2.11 (November 2020)”

“Part 2: Interview with Harold Pritchett, Founding President of the International Woodworkers of America” by John Mountain, Digging into History, 2.9 (September, 2020)

Deep Dig for September 2020 Harold: Founding President of the International Woodworkers of America – This month I have the second part of a two part story that speaks to the origins of the IWA from the mouth of its founding President Harold Pritchett. Harold Pritchett was born on May 9, 1904 in the cityContinue reading ““Part 2: Interview with Harold Pritchett, Founding President of the International Woodworkers of America” by John Mountain, Digging into History, 2.9 (September, 2020)”

“Digging Into History: The Loggers Navy” by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 6

The Logger’s Navy: An Essential Tool for Servicing Members – This month, I want to share with you something that I dug out of the bottom of an archive box – operating log books from the Logger’s Navy from the years 1955 to 1957. The Logger’s Navy was a boat that was used by LocalContinue reading ““Digging Into History: The Loggers Navy” by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 6″

The Loggers Strike Back! Three Times Forestry Workers Blockaded Environmentalists, by Henry John

I’ve stayed home for all of April, and therefore haven’t had access to the IWA archive. This blog post is created out of media accounts of events, which I can access online. Since the IWA was directly involved in the planning and execution of two of the three blockades narrated here, it’s possible that theContinue reading “The Loggers Strike Back! Three Times Forestry Workers Blockaded Environmentalists, by Henry John”

“Digging into History: An Interview with Early Union Activist Ernie Dalskog Part 2” by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 4 (April 2020)

Ernie Dalskog: An Interview with an Early Union Activist Part 2 – Last month I brought you the first part of an Ernie Dalskog interview by IWA Historian Clay Perry. In 1979, IWA Legislative Director Clay Perry sat down with Ernie Dalskog to talk for a few hours about his early days as an unionContinue reading ““Digging into History: An Interview with Early Union Activist Ernie Dalskog Part 2” by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 4 (April 2020)”

When a Woodworkers’ Union was at the Cutting Edge of Environmentalism, by Henry John

This blog post is based on findings discovered in the records of the International Woodworkers of America Local 1-217’s Vancouver office, currently housed in the Kaatza Station Museum’s IWA Archive in Lake Cowichan. For more information on this archive, follow this link or email hrljohn89@gmail.com. There was a day when forestry workers and environmentalists walkedContinue reading “When a Woodworkers’ Union was at the Cutting Edge of Environmentalism, by Henry John”

“Digging into History: An Interview with Early Union Activist Ernie Dalskog Part 1” by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 3 (March 2020)

Ernie Dalskog: An Interview with an Early Union Activist Part 1 – In 1979, IWA Legislative Director Clay Perry sat down with Ernie Dalskog to talk for a few hours about his early days as an union activist. Clay Perry was considered an IWA Historian and in addition to holding the Office of Legislative DirectorContinue reading ““Digging into History: An Interview with Early Union Activist Ernie Dalskog Part 1” by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 3 (March 2020)”

“Digging into History: Health and Safety is a Basic Right!”, by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 2 (February, 2020)

Health and Safety is a Basic Right – Between 1983 and 1994, there were 290 fatalities in the forest industry. In 2005, former IWA President Jack Munro called the 41 fatalities recorded that year as “carnage in the woods”. There were more than 2.5 times more fatalities in 2005 than the previous year*. It’s noContinue reading ““Digging into History: Health and Safety is a Basic Right!”, by John Mountain, Vol. 2 No. 2 (February, 2020)”

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