Lumber Workers' Industrial Union

LUMBER WORKERS' INDUSTRIAL UNION (LWIU) was formed in 1929 by the Communist-backed Workers Unity League to organize FOREST INDUSTRY workers in BC. Its first major action was to stage a strike in 1931 at the CANADIAN WESTERN LUMBER CO mill at MILLSIDE. Led by 27-year-old Harold PRITCHETT, the strike ended after 3 months with a wage increase for millworkers. Subsequently the LWIU led job actions in other SAWMILLS and LOGGING camps in the province, notably in 1934 on VANCOUVER ISLAND, where a...

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