Knights of Labor

KNIGHTS OF LABOR was an early labour organization that originated in Philadelphia in 1869. It arrived in BC at the end of 1883; the first local was formed in NANAIMO. Locals subsequently were founded in several places across the province and membership peaked at about 450, mainly miners and rail workers. As much a fraternal organization as a union, the Knights organized CO-OPERATIVES, engaged in political campaigns (they were largely responsible for electing VANCOUVER's second mayor), lobbied...

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