Video prepared for the Alberta Federation of Labour centennial in 2012 about the Dandelions, an activist group from the 1980s. This video was produced by the Alberta Labour History Institute for the Alberta Federation of Labour documents the activities of a group of people demanding government action during the economic downturn of the 1980s.
Oral histories from the wave of Labour unrest that swept Alberta in 1986, culminating with the violent picket line confrontations during the Gainer’s meatpacking strike.
ALHI documentary featuring oral histories about the Celanese chemical plant in Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta.
UNIONIZE TO SURVIVE is the story of a meat packing plant on 66th Street in Northeast Edmonton. Built by Swift Canada in 1908, the video traces working life in the plant until its closure in 1997. It highlights the role of the union in the workplace, culminating in the landmark 1986 Gainers strike.
Susan Parcels Case – Video prepared for the Alberta Federation of Labour centennial in 2012 about the case fought to secure benefits for nurse Susan Parcels. Equal rights have always been a major concern for organized Labour. In 1989, Susan Parcels felt she was being discriminated against by her employer in Red Deer because of her pregnancy. She brought forward a legal action supported by the United Nurses of Alberta that demonstrates how the law can be used to improve conditions in the workplace.
Video prepared for the Alberta Federation of Labour centennial in 2012 about the Temporary Foreign Worker program in Alberta. Canada has always depended on migrant labour, and despite evidence to the contrary, has earned a reputation as a welcoming country, offering hope and opportunity to people all over the world who are willing to provide labour in return for a home. This changed drastically with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), an innocuous federal program that was expanded beyond recognition to meet a high demand for labour in lower skilled jobs. A range of people from AFL President Gil McGowan through the workers themselves describe the abuses of the program and labour’s efforts to create a better situation.