Western Federation of Miners

WESTERN FEDERATION OF MINERS (WFM) was at the forefront of militant unionism in BC at the end of the 19th century. Created in Montana in 1893 to represent hardrock miners, it crossed the border in 1895 when the first Canadian local was organized at ROSSLAND. By 1900 there were locals in MINING districts across the province, organized as District 6 of the parent union. The union was instrumental in obtaining the 8-hour day for underground mine workers. In 1901 the WFM led a bitter strike at the...

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