Building the Power, a history of LiUNA Local 1611, documents the dramatic events and accomplishments of its members from 1937.
For example, in 1953, Stacey Warner, while organizing pipeline workers, was threatened with a shotgun by a company thug hired for that purpose. The police did not take notice. In 1981, the Labour Relations Board ignored the fact that the employer offered union member Dean Homewood a $1,000 bribe to change his vote—right at the LRB office—when LiUNA Local 1070 was attempting to certify his bargaining unit. Ignoring naked violence had been replaced by ignoring blatant lawbreaking. But the result was not the same. Warner succeeded in organizing the workers. The certification vote at Homewood’s employer was lost.
This beautifully crafted 250-page book, written by long-time labour activist and Local 1611’s strategic researcher, Mark Warrior, also features many archival and recent photos of members at work on industrial, commercial, and institutional construction projects around the province. Please note that all material is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Email for more information.
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Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 – Intro
- Chapter 2 – The First Mega-Project
- Chapter 3 – Shipyards and Cemeteries – Local 1611’s Oldest Bargaining Units
- Chapter 4 – Roads and Highways
- Chapter 5 – Pipelines and Pipeliners
- Chapter 6 – How Local 168 Lots Its Jurisdiction
- Chapter 7 – Bennett’s Dam Projects – Power to the Lower Mainland
- Chapter 8 – Precast Concrete
- Chapter 9 – Health, Parking and Security
- Chapter 10 – Building BC – The Towns and Cities
- Chapter 11 – The Construction Labourers’ Training Plan
- Chapter 12 – Safety – The Union Effect
- Chapter 13 – Bennett’s Two Rivers Strategy – The Price of Success
- Chapter 14 – The Granduc Slide
- Chapter 15 – John Northon June 5th 1948 to July 28, 1996
- Chapter 16 – Labourers’ Membership Services
- Chapter 17 – Organizing
- Chapter 18 – The 70s – An NDP Labour Code and Federal Wage Controls
- Chapter 19 – Pennyfarthing, Expo86, the IRC and CLAC
- Chapter 20 – TNL, HCL, The Locals Merge and Two Labour Codes
- Chapter 21 – The Canada Line
- Chapter 22 – Twin Tunnels, Twin Raids (With a Bridge In-Between)
- Chapter 23 – Local 1611’s Organizing Department
- Chapter 24 – The Struggle Continues
- Chapter 25 – The Future
- Author’s Afterword & Acknowledgements