Series C - One Big Union

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One Big Union

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  • 1921-1925, 1927 (Creation)

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The One Big Union came into existence in 1919 as a Western Canadian industrial union revolt against the craft-dominated Trades and Labour Congress of Canada. For a short time the Lumber Workers Industrial Union #120 of the Industrial Workers of the World affiliated themselves with the O.B.U. since the I.W.W. was banned under the War Measures Act in 1918. Along with the I.W.W., the original majority shareholder in the Finnish Building Company, the Finnish Socialist Local was also banned. The Local donated its shares, nearly equally, to the Finnish O.B.U. Support Circle and the O.B.U. Central Committee, thus allowing the local O.B.U. Support Circle to gain control of the Labour Temple. However, the O.B.U. disappeared nearly as quickly as it came into existence and, by 1925, the former O.B.U. Finnish Support Circle, which had been acting independently of any remnant activities of the O.B.U. central organization, affiliated itself with the C.T.K.L. The O.B.U. turned over its shares in the Finnish Building Company to the C.T.K.L.

This series consists of minutes, correspondence, and financial records.

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