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Ian McDonald collection File
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[Collective agreements: Coal, IBEW, telephone workers, 1944-1971]

File contains collective agreements for the IBEW Locals 213 & 230 (1944-1947, 1955, 1962 and 1963-1965) and British Columbia Electric Company Limited, Local 480 & 651 of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter workers and the Consolidated Mining & Smelting Company of Canada (1964-1966), and the Federation of Telephone Workers of British Columbia and Okanagan Telephone Company (1971-1973).


File contains pamphlets and newspaper clippings related to union and labour issues in British Columbia in the 1950s which may have been collected by Jack Ross. Also contains one full issue of the BC District Union News (January 1955) and one full issue of the Labour Statesman (December 17, 1954).

[IBEW Local] 213’s Court Cases – 1920, 1921 & 1958

File contains photocopies of judgements printed in the Western Weekly Reports and Canadian Law Reports, with some annotations by Ian McDonald. Cases within the file: Morrison v. Ingles et al & Ingles v. Woodside et al (Supreme Court, 1920); British Columbia Telephone Company v. Morrison, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union No. 213, and Local Union No. 310 (Supreme Court, 1921); Gee v. Freeman et al International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Supreme Court, 1958); Gee v. Freeman et al (Supreme Court, 1958).

Correspondence re: use of files – IBEW, 213, BC Hydro

File contains correspondence written by and to Ian McDonald regarding the use of materials for his Master's thesis, and documenting his struggles various documents. Correspondence includes legal advice provided to McDonald and interlibrary loan slips from SFU. Also contains a program from the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference (University of British Columbia, 1984) and a price list for word processing services in 1984.

W. F. Dunne file

File contains material photocopied by Ian McDonald related to William F. Dunne, union leader and state legislator in Montana during the early 20th century as well as a former business agent of IBEW Local 213; of particular interest for McDonald are speeches given by Dunne.

The People, WWII articles

File contains photocopied newspaper clippings from The People, a Vancouver newspaper: "Trade Union Unity Vital to War Effort," as well as a cartoon and an advertisement for the Canadian Aid to Russia Fund.

Bert Marcuse file

File contains copies of materials written by and related to Herbert Marcuse of the Trade Union Research Bureau in Vancouver, BC.

Jimmy Hall (papers) - charges in 1955

File contains photocopied documents related to charges by the IBEW Local 213 against Jimmy Hall, as well as documents related to the suspension of George Gee in 1955. Also contains a photocopy of "A Ballad of 213," and photocopied reports given by J. Waplington (President of Local 213) and Art O'Keeffe (Vice-President) at the 1954 IBEW convention.

Alex Dorland

File contains remarks made by Frank G. Hanson at Alex Dorland's funeral service, a photocopied letter of condolence from Sid McArton and handwritten notes by Ian McDonald from an interview about Dorland.

Charges & Defence - Don Wilson & the IBEW - Gee affair, 1955

File contains correspondence between Don Wilson and other members of the IBEW concerning charges and the later trial against Wilson by the IBEW for "publishing or circulating among the membership, or L[ocal].U[nion].'s false reports or misrepresentations." Also contains bulletins written by Wilson, materials related to the suspension of George Gee and a notice of action taken by the wives of Local 213 members.

John McCuish

File contains a letter by Art O'Keeffe charging John McCuish with violations related to creating dissent among members, a statement from McCuish about a visit from the RCMP, a copy of the IBEW's decision on McCuish's appeal, and a photocopied newspaper article by Tom McEwen, "Union wreckers linked to RCMP."

Papers from M.B's - 1939-41

File contains a letter of resignation to the executive board from Local 213 president John Bezer, correspondence and reports from IBEW Local 213 business managers and photocopied versions of the same documents (kept for conservation reasons).

Kuzych vs. White (1947)

File contains a photocopied article from the Western Weekly Review concerning Kuzych v. White et al. and a photocopied section from an unidentified book on Martin v. Law Society of British Columbia.

Agreements and Job Related Reports

File contains photocopies of Local 213 and 230 collective agreements for 1949 and 1951, reports related to wages, and meeting minutes from the Steering and Negotiating Committee in 1954.

[E. Tilford Fenton papers]

File contains Ian McDonald's archival research related to E. Tilford Fenton, member of IBEW 213 and executive board representative from 1912-13. Also contains a copy of an IBEW Pacific District Council Report from April 4, 1913.

Local 213 - Contemporary Clippings

File contains later newspapers clippings related to IBEW Local 213 collected by Ian McDonald after the submission of his Master's thesis. Also contains George Gee's obituary and memorial service program.

Hume & Rumble

File contains photocopied newspaper clippings and magazine articles related to Hume & Rumble Limited, electrical contractors, including an obituary for Fred Rumble. Also contains a photocopied brochure for Hume & Rumble (undated) and a memorandum regarding the Bridge River transmission line.

BC Electric Histories

File contains an annual report from BC Hydro (1984-1985), a brochure showing the BC Hydro Electric Transmission System in March 1983 and BC Hydro "pocket facts" (1985). Also contains photocopies of "The Stave Falls Power Development" (1925), "Ruskin Power Development" (1930), and "The Power System of the British Columbia Power Corporation, Limited" by E. E. Carpenter (1932).

Some Pioneers of Light and Power

File contains a photocopy of George Green's "Some Pioneers of Light and Power," an article about electricity as a public utility in British Columbia published in the British Columbia Historical Quarterly.

Collins Overland Telegraph - Kathleen Fitzgerald

File contains a photocopy of a "booklength feature" in The Canada West Magazine on the Collins Overland Telegraph, a telegraph system planned to stretch from San Francisco to London. The BC-Yukon section of the telegraph line is discussed at lenght.

Hot Line Tool Guide, 1955, & Hambly misc.

File contains a photocopy of the "Hot Line Tool Guide," a report by the subcomittee on hot line tools of the accident prevention committee at the Edison Electric Institute, as well as photocopies of letters from P.B. Hambly to "The Suggestion Committee" and from the Trade Union Research Bureau to Hambly.

Business Manager Reports (1964-1966)

File contains five Business Manager's newsletters for Local IBEW 213, while Art O'Keeffe was business manager and financial secretary. Issues include June 1964, June 1965, September 1965, December 1965 & March 1966.

Seniority Lists & Retirement

File contains lineman and groundman's seniority lists for Peterson Electric, B.C. Electric and possible others (not all lists are identified).

Pacific Tribune, 1957-1958 (strikes) re: 213

File contains photocopies of articles from the Pacific Tribune concerning IBEW Local 213's strike action against B.C. Electric, Hume and Rumble and Peterson Electric in March 1958, as well as the subsequent lockout by the Associated Electrical Contractors of B.C. in May 1958; Art O'Keeffe, John Waplington and George Gee are mentioned.

Workmen's Compen. Board, 1917-1961

File contains copies of workmen's compensation reports for labourers in various professions; reports cover 1926-1930, 1935-1939, 1942-1947. Also contains handwritten notes by Ian McDonald recording figures from 1917-1961.

West Kootenay Power & Light

File contains a West Kootenay Power 85th Anniversary Edition of the Hi-Lines newsletter, a shareholder report from Cominco, a timeline of agreements between West Kootenay Power and IBEW Local B-287 from 1946-1947, and the business card of Jack Fisher, public relations for West Kootenay Power.

Patricia Roy articles

File contains three photocopied articles written by University of Victoria History professor Patricia Roy: "Direct Management from Abroad: The Formative Years of the British Columbia Electric Railway," "The Illumination of Victoria: Late Nineteenth-Century Technology and Municipal Enterprise" and "The British Columbia Electric Railway and Its Street Railway Employees: Paternalism in Labour Relations." Also contains a page of handwritten notes from Ian McDonald.

B.C. Electric Chronology & Facts, 1897-1962

File contains photocopied documents relating to the history of the B.C. Electric Railway Company: "Impressive Facts about the B.C. Electric Railway" (1926), "Chronology of the B.C. Electric" (1947, covering 1894-1947), "Chronological List of Generating Units" (1958, covering 1898-1956), "Historical Record 1944-1958," and "Chronological Developments in the Takeover [...] By the British Columbia Government" (covering 1961-1963).

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: A Study in Trade Union Structure and Functions

File contains a photocopy of Michael A. Mulcaire's PhD dissertation, completed at the Catholic University of America. Chapters are: I.Origin and Growth of the Brotherhood, II. Membership, Organizing Methods and Jurisdiction of the Union, III. Apprenticeship Rules and Training, IV. The Government of the Union, V. Beneficiary Features of the International and VI. Problems and Methods of Collective Bargaining.

[Charles (Charlie) Caron file]

File contains a photocopy of Charlie Caron's autobiography, describing his involvement in labour issues in Canada in the the 1930s primarily. Caron also provides a historical account of the activities of the Communist Party of Canada up to the 1970s.

[Labour During the Cold War - James L. Turk paper]

File contains a copy of a paper presented by James L. Turk of the University of Toronto at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Oral History Association in June 1980. The full title of the paper is "Labour During the Cold War: Oral History in the Study of the Survival of the United Electrical Workers in Canada."

[Local 213 Minute Books , 1965]

File contains photocopies of minutes taken at IBEW 213 meetings in summer 1965; also contains a page of handwritten research notes by Ian McDonald about minute books from 1957 to 1960.

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