The Winnipeg General Strike began 100 years ago. May 15th, 1919, would mark the first day of the month-long action that saw more than 35,000 workers walk off the job: still the largest strike in Canadian history.
The striking workers overcame great divisions along cultural and gender lines to unite for fairer wages, the right to collective bargaining, and better working conditions.
Some leaders of the strike were arrested. A number of protesters were injured, two were killed. And while the tens of thousands of strikers didn’t see immediate improvements to their working conditions, the Winnipeg General Strike changed the game for Canadians – for the better – for generations to come.
On May 15th, one hundred years ago, Winnipeg workers drew a line in the sand and stood together for justice and a more equal country.
We are in their debt. We remember their bravery. We stand on their shoulders.
And our struggle for a better Canada continues!