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Winnipeg General Strike Timeline
18 Oct 2017
Labor leaders from different industries meet in Calgary to discuss the creation of an industrial union to be called the One Big Union. The main focus is to work for improved working conditions, higher wages, official union recognition and collective bargaining.
The Building Trades Council (BTC) and the Metal Trades Council (MTC) meets with leaders of the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council who poll its other member unions on the idea of forcing the issues with a general strike. The final tally was 8,667 for and 645 against.
Over 30,000 workers walked off their jobs in Winnipeg.
Robert Borden’s government passed legislation directly targeting the immigrant members of the strike. It authorized immediate deportation of immigrants deemed by Manitoba’s Alien Investigation Board to be treasonous to the government.
Royal Northwest Mounted Police break into the homes and arrested strike leaders
In response to the strike leaders arrest, about 25,000 strikers assembled in front of City Hall. Mayor Charles Gray read the crowd the Riot Act and ordered the area cleared within half an hour. 2 strikers died and 34 were injured in what is now known as 'Bloody Saturday'.
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