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Ian McDonald collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1783
  • Collection
  • [1910?]-2017

The collection contains materials related to Ian McDonald's Master's thesis research on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 213 “Class conflict and political factionalism: a history of Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1901-1961," and related to the activities of his father, Les McDonald, a trade union activist who belonged to Local 213 but was eventually suspended for leading the Lenkurt strike of 1966. Les McDonald was also a multi-sport athlete, and is credited with introducing the triathlon into the Olympics; some materials in the collection relate to Les McDonald's involvement in various sport and environmental organizations, as well as some of his personal papers. In addition to what he received from his father, Ian McDonald was also given papers by former IBEW Local 213 business manager Art O’Keeffe and Barry Sharbo, a board member of the Canadian Union of Electrical Workers (UE), which are included within the collection.

The collection is largely comprised of newspaper and photocopied journal articles, correspondence between members of IBEW Local 213, legal documentation, newsletters and other printed ephemera related to IBEW Local 213.

The collection also contains sound recordings of interviews with numerous figures in IBEW Local 213 created by Ian McDonald during his thesis research. McDonald's thesis, submitted for the completion of a Master of Arts in History at Simon Fraser University, can be found in the Summit database: http://summit.sfu.ca/item/6361.

McDonald, Ian

[Miscellaneous correspondence]

File contains correspondence between the Association of University and College Employees and other organizations, from 1973 to 1975. Topics discussed include the status of women in education and employment, health and safety information from the Workman's Compensation Board, conferences and seminars, flexible work week. Organizations corresponded with include UBC and the The Women's Office of the Alma Mater Society (AMS), the Workman's Compensation Board, Variety Club, Service, Office, and Retail Workers Union of Canada News ( SORWUC), the University Endowment Lands Tenants Society (UELTS), and others. File also contains pamphlets, a SORWUC newsletter (vol. 1, no. 1) from Spring 1975, an information package from the UELTS including surveys about housing and a map of the area, a copy of the HEU newsletter (vol. 11, no. 1) from January 1974 including their proposed collective agreement, and photocopies of case law.

Working conditions

File contains material relating to working conditions at UBC. Records include "Second draft of amendments to Industrial Health & Safety Regulations (First Aid Section)" from the Worker's Compensation Board of British Columbia (dated September 25, 1978), documents produced by Local 1's Working Conditions Committee, correspondence regarding working conditions, an inspection report, a report regarding the detrimental effects of fluorescent lighting, and a newspaper clipping regarding stretching exercises for office workers.

File also contains a pamphlet from the UBC Alumni Association's Wesbrook Society (possibly from 1982), and copies of Local 1's grievance form.

[Local 2 constitution, by-laws, and agreements]

File contains the following booklets produced by AUCE Local 2:

  • "Articles of Agreement Between SFU and and AUCE Local 2: November 22, 1974 to November 21, 1976",
  • "Articles of Agreement Between SFU and and AUCE Local 2: November 22, 1976 to March 31, 1978" ,
  • "Articles of Agreement Between SFU and and AUCE Local 2: April 1, 1978 to March 31, 1980",
  • "AUCE Provincial Constitution & By-Laws of Local #2 (SFU)", and
  • "AUCE Local Number Two By-Laws: as amended March 1977".

[Provincial Constitution]

File contains two copies of the provincial constitution dated June 1976 to June 1979. Topics discussed include objectives, jurisdiction, membership, charters, Local autonomy, the role of the provincial executive, committees, conventions, revenue and finances, strikes and lockouts, discipline, procedures and bylaws.

[Local 1 Executive correspondence and other material]

File contains correspondence, news releases, the proposed contract for 1976-77, and other records dated September 15, 1976 to January 13, 1978. Topics discussed include AUCE using the campus mail system, tension between Locals and AUCE Provincial, discussion of a UBC Anti-Inflation Board report, negotiations, dues, contract proposals, a referendum to donate money to SORWUC, and interactions between the CUPE national office and CUPE 116. File also contains a copy of the AUCE newsletter "Across Campus" from September 15, 1976 that includes information on CUPE 116 and possible strike action, and a vote and recommendation to respect CUPE picket lines.

Incoming general correspondence (1 of 5)

File contains incoming correspondence to Local 1, including letters from similar unions and organizations requesting donations and support, letters from members regarding union activity, letters from University of British Columbia personnel, and letters nominating individual members for executive positions. File also consists of related material including job descriptions, news-clippings, invitations to conferences, agendas and meeting minutes, and newsletters from the British Columbia Federation of Labour and British Columbia Government Employees Union.

Correspondence, incoming (2 of 3)

File contains incoming correspondence dated December 1978 to March 1979. Topics include support of causes and other unions, newsletters, arbitration, the Provincial Convention, the Consumer Price Index, educational courses, union staffing and membership, formation of an AUCE Travel Club, office equipment, pension plans, finances, the Essential Services Disputes Act, relations and negotiations with UBC, job descriptions, debates of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, steward seminars, and human rights.

[Provincial Health and Safety Committee] (2 of 2)

File contains a copy of "Perspectives for Health and Safety in British Columbia" by the B.C. Federation of Labour Compensation & Safety Committee. Topics discussed include industrial health, jurisdiction of the Worker's Compensation Board (WCB), on the job safety, negotiations in safety, adjudication and appeals, women and occupational health, and back injuries.

[Provincial Affiliation committee -- SORWUC]

File contains reports and news releases dated January 1980 to March 10, 1980. Topics discussed include the Muckamuck strike, finances, bylaws, conventions, affiliation meetings with SORWUC representatives, and information about different unions. File also contains a copy of SORWUC's National Union Constitution, and the SORWUC newsletter from February 1980.

[Provincial Constitution]

File contains a provincial constitution, rules of order, and policies and procedures dated May 1981 to June 21-22, 1980. Topics discussed include objectives, jurisdiction, membership, charters, Local autonomy, information on the provincial executive and officers, nominations and elections, referendums, committees, conventions, revenue and finances, strikes and lockouts, discipline, procedures, bylaws, rules of order, affiliations, student employment, education, and resolutions of support.

Bylaws And Amendments (1 of 3)

File contains the Provincial Constitution of the Association of University and College Employees, Local 1 (UBC), and bylaws and amendments dated August 5, 1980. Topics discussed include jurisdiction, membership, charters, Local autonomy, executive duties and elections, committees, conventions, revenue and finances, strikes and lockouts, discipline, approval of contracts, organizational year, and bylaws and amendments.

[British Columbia policy research and reports] (1 of 2)

File contains reports distributed by the Pacific Group for Policy Alternatives, dated January, February, and March 1984. Reports include "Is There a Social Policy in British Columbia? Who Has Been Hurt and Why?" by Angela Redish, Series 4-84-3, ISBN 0-88627-029-4 ; "The Ideology of Restraint" by Patricia Marchak, Series 3-84-01, ISBN 0-88627-025-1, February-March, 1984 ; "Revenue Sources for Maintaining Social Services in B.C." by Jonathan R. Kesselman, Paper No. P-84-1, January 1984 ; "The New Priorities of the Social Credit Government of British Columbia" by Gideon Rosenbluth and William Schworm, Paper No. P-84-3, February 1984.

[British Columbia policy research and reports] (2 of 2)

File contains reports distributed by the Pacific Group for Policy Alternatives, dated February and May 1984. Reports include "British Columbia's Budgets and the Need for Restraint" by Gideon Rosenbluth and William Schworm, Series 4-84-4, ISBN 0-88627-031-6, May 1984 ; "The Economic Impact of the British Columbia 'Restraint' Budget" by William Schworm, Series 4-84-5, ISBN 0-88627-027-8, May 1984 ; "Does British Columbia Need Fiscal Restraint?" by Gideon Rosenbluth and William Schworm, Series 1-84-1, ISBN 0-88627-021-9, February 1984 ; "Investment and Education in British Columbia: A Review of the Evidence in Restraint and Recovery" by Robert C. Allen, Paper No. P-84-4 ; Series 1-84 ; "The Ideology of Neo-Conservatism: Lessons for the Left" by Philip Resnick, Series 3-84-2, ISBN 0-88627-026-X, May 1984.

General correspondence incoming and outgoing (3 of 3)

File contains incoming and outgoing correspondence dated October 16, 1984 to April 15, 1985. Topics include labour studies education and scholarships, advertisements for services and products, requests for financial assistance, union representatives and representation, cooperation and coordination with other unions, scabs, relations with UBC, calls for civic engagement (provincial election, teachers' salary, pacifism, financial restraint measures), affiliation with CUPE, international workers' and human rights, women's rights, Expo 86, workplace sexual harassment, Operation Solidarity, UBC financial cutbacks, and seniority of UBC staff.

[Minutes of Local 1 membership meeting]

File contains meeting minutes, correspondence, a copy of the CUE Constitution, and other records dated November 5, 1985 to January 15, 1986. Topics discussed include Ritchie and Associates and Work to Rule, background on the company and their activities, directions to union members on how to respond to reviews, a presentation from the CUPE representative at UVIC, bylaw amendments, nominations, reports from the union office and contract committee, grievances, AUCE Local 1 name change to become the Canadian University Employees (CUE), financial statements, information on courses and seminars, a news release about the HEU, and a list of union dues according to paygrade.

General correspondence incoming and outgoing (2 of 3)

File contains incoming and outgoing correspondence dated April 1, 1985 to October 2, 1985. Topics include labour studies education and scholarships, advertisements for services and products, calls for civic engagement (cuts to social services, services for unemployed people, teacher's increment wage system, elections, Downtown Eastside evictions due to Expo 86, Supreme Court of Canada legislation, nuclear power, pensions), secession from AUCE and merger with CUPE, cooperation and coordination with other unions, union representatives and representation, CUPE official policy, financial restraint at UBC, women in the workplace, rights of women, status of women, job classification, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Expo 86, UBC financial audit, smoking in the workplace, and labour relations with UBC.

General correspondence incoming and outgoing (1 of 3)

File contains incoming and outgoing correspondence dated January 14, 1986 to December 11, 1986. Topics of outgoing correspondence include CUE grievance procedure, union representatives and representation, job classification, essential services, support of and coordination with other unions, boycott of businesses supporting apartheid South Africa, grievances and arbitration with UBC, status of women, child care at UBC, staff wages, secession from AUCE, Ritchie and Associates, and amendments to CUE by-laws and constitution. Topics of incoming correspondence include job description, pension plan, women's rights, advertisements, union representatives and representation, negotiations with UBC, United Way campaign, sick leave, calls for financial support, support of other unions, provincial general election, and labour education.