Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

July 27, 1918

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Coal miner and labor leader Albert “Ginger” Goodwin is shot and killed by Canadian police.  Although he had been ruled unfit for military service during World War I because he had lung disease, the conscription board reversed its decision just days after Goodwin led a smelter workers’ strike for the eight-hour day.  Opposed to the war, Goodwin fled and for months avoided capture by the authorities.  His death inspired Canada’s first general strike on August 2 in Vancouver.

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