This 7-month strike, involving all but one mine in Alberta's CROWSNEST PASS, was the most bitter strike in the region's turbulent history. It began in Coleman in January 1932 with demands that companies divide available work in the depressed coal-mining industry equally among miners rather than playing favourites. Coal companies refused to deal with the workers' militant union, the Mine Workers' Union of Canada, and showdowns between the coal operators and the MWUC caused the strike to spread through the Pass. The RCMP were required to separate strikers and "scabs" and numerous confrontations came to pass. However, while the strikers' demands were not met, the strike left a left-wing legacy in the Pass because of resentment against the companies, the RCMP and provincial authorities. From 1933 to 1939, the coal-mining town of Blairmore elected a "Red" town council.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Finkel, Alvin. "Crowsnest Pass Strike 1932". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 31 July 2015, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/crowsnest-pass-strike-1932. Accessed 18 March 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Finkel, A., Crowsnest Pass Strike 1932 (2015). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/crowsnest-pass-strike-1932
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Finkel, Alvin, "Crowsnest Pass Strike 1932". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 06, 2006; last modified July 31, 2015. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/crowsnest-pass-strike-1932
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Alvin Finkel, The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Crowsnest Pass Strike 1932", last modified July 31, 2015, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/crowsnest-pass-strike-1932
Crowsnest Pass Strike 1932
|Article by||Alvin Finkel|
|Published Online||February 6, 2006|
|Last Edited||January 24, 2014|
This 7-month strike, involving all but one mine in Alberta's CROWSNEST PASS, was the most bitter strike in the region's turbulent history.