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CCU Celebrates Labour Day in 2019

The Confederation of Canadian Unions produced these beautiful postcards to celebrate Labour Day in 2019, on the 50th Anniversary of the CCU. On March 25, 1872, the Toronto Typographical Union takes up the cause of the “Nine-Hour Movement” and goes out on strike when its […]

The Winnipeg General Strike Turns 100 Years Old

By CCU President Kelly Johnson It was one hundred years ago that the guns fell silent in Europe from the Great War, and tens of thousands of Canadian soldiers returned home, only to find empty factories and unemployment. For those that did find work, it […]

Creating Pharmacare for All

By Kelly Johnson President, Confederation of Canadian Unions Sign the CCU Pharmacare for All Petition It may surprise some Canadians that our country remains the only one on the planet with a universal health care system that also doesn’t include prescription medication. You heard me […]

Mark Leier Presentation to CCU on Labour History in Canada

In February 2019, the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU) held its Labour School in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mark Leier of Simon Fraser University discussed labour history in Canada. Professor Leier spoke about the radicalism of the early labour movement, the struggle for the eight-hour workday, […]

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Documentary - 47 minutes

The 47-minute documentary, called The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada, illustrates the CCU's dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, its newfound working relationship with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and its commitment to growth and renewal. The documentary also focuses on the struggles of labour activists inside the CCU, its proud history, its work with social justice activists in Canada and around the globe, and the new economic challenges of wage stagnation and growing inequality.
The documentary will be submitted to over 50 film and documentary festivals in Canada and around the world in 2014 and 2015, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Hot Docs Festival. Be sure to watch the documentary in full screen and High Definition. Click on the little wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to the left of the YouTube icon, and then press 1080p HD. For full screen, simply press the little square to the right of the YouTube icon. Director and Editor: Sean Cain Executive Producer: Joanie Cameron Pritchett