File MS-9-15, SF Box 52, Folder 27 - Outline of the history of the Canadian Seamen's Union, by Charles Macdonald

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Outline of the history of the Canadian Seamen's Union, by Charles Macdonald

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MS-9-15, SF Box 52, Folder 27

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  • July 29, 1977 (Creation)

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17 pages (1 folder)

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(1923-2012)

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Charles MacDonald was born in 1923 and died on April 11, 2012 at the Montreal General Hospital. Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Charles was a World War II Merchant Marine Veteran and a lifelong social activist. He was a Canadian Seamen's Union organiser in the 1940s. Later, as a librarian at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, he helped organise and lead the library section of the University's union.

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Materials were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 1977.

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File contains a preliminary outline of the History of the Canadian Seamen's Union 1936-1950 and a letter from Charles Macdonald to Tom McGrath, Bud Doucette, and Stan Wingfield. The Canadian Seaman's Union, established 1936 to improve the archaic working conditions and wages for ordinary commercial seamen. Affiliated to the Trades and Labour Congress, this effective, well supported, nationalist, communist led industrial union contributed to Canada's efforts in the Second World War. It gained concessions, was recognized as collective bargaining agent for ordinary seamen, and it fought unsuccessfully to retain Canada's merchant fleet.The outline is an attempt to line up the main sequence of events and the most important nonchronological matters that must be covered.

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English

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Outline of the history of the Canadian Seamen's Union, by Charles Macdonald, MS-9-14, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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April 2013

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  • Box: MS-9-15, SF Box 52