How a 99-day strike in 1945 changed labour relations in Canada

The 1945 strike by 11,000 workers at a Ford plant in Windsor, Ontario was a turning point in Canadian labour relations. The 99-day labour dispute spread to include another 25 plants as workers walked off the job in solidarity with Ford workers. It resulted in a 3-day, worker-lead blockade of the Ford plant to stop police from moving in to break the strike – which forced the federal government to take action. It ended the strike and appointed Justice Ivan Rand to arbitrate a settlement that set the standard for union security and union representation that remains to this day. … Continue reading How a 99-day strike in 1945 changed labour relations in Canada