The Stories

  • The ILGWU in Canada

    The ILGWU in Canada

    Throughout its history, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was known for its social unionism, bringing education, co-operative housing, immigration support, and recreational opportunities to its members.

  • Hank Wong and USW Local 4488

    Hank Wong and USW Local 4488

    Our banner representing United Steelworkers Locals 4488 and 2771 was donated to us by Hank Wong, a WWII veteran, and an important figure in both the history of USW Local 4488, and Chinese-Canadian history.

  • Photo Story: Labour Day

    Photo Story: Labour Day

    For nearly 150 years, the Toronto Labour Day Parade has been an event where workers express their identity, union affiliation, and demands through the use of banners and flags.

  • Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

    Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

    Artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge are two of the founders of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. As labour artists, they have exhibited their art internationally, collaborated with unions, and created banners for the labour movement.

  • Service Workers’ Unions and the Royal York Strike

    Service Workers’ Unions and the Royal York Strike

    Serving and bartending are not commonly thought of as being unionized professions. However, in the early 1960s, service workers were at the forefront of one of Toronto’s most notorious strike actions: The Royal York Strike.

  • Unions of Unemployed

    Unions of Unemployed

    The history of unemployed workers’ unions in Canada dates back to 1930, when the Communist Party of Canada formed the National Unemployed Workers Association. They re-emerged out of Canada’s recession in the early 1980s, a period of high interest rates, inflation, and unemployment.

  • Dominion Regalia

    Dominion Regalia

    In operation continuously since 1888, Dominion Regalia is a company that manufactures badges, buttons, banners, and sashes for organizations, including unions.