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The Fur Workers’ Union, National Conference in Toronto in 1951. The International Fur Workers’ Union was founded by eight local unions in 1913. The union held members in both the United States and Canada.
OJA, item 803.
A poster from the Toronto Labor Lyceum Association’s First Annual Fruit Ball in 1927. The poster is written in both English and Yiddish. Not only was the Labor Lyceum a place to support workers’ rights and activism; it was also a cultural centre that hosted poetry nights, dances, speakers, and more.
OJA, item 4042.
Needle-trade workers inside a small 1920s garment workshop in Toronto. This type of shop would have existed alongside larger manufacturers in the area. By the 1930s, most of Toronto’s garment shops were Jewish owned.
OJA, accession 1978-4-6.
A group of women dressmakers picketing on Spadina Avenue. They are holding a sign that reads: Dressmakers General Strike, Dressmakers Union, ILGWU. The strike happened on 25 February 1931 and lasted for two-and-a-half months.
OJA, item 1440.
Overhead photograph of the International Left Opposition demonstration which took place on 11 July 1933. Over 15,000 people (mostly Jewish) walked off the job to protest Nazism, fascism, and other human rights issues. It was reported in the Globe and Mail as the largest protest of its kind in Canada since the 1919 Winnipeg strike.
OJA, fonds 32, item 6.