Fort William Freight Handlers Strike

The Fort William freight handlers strike, by 700 nonunionized immigrants, occurred 9-16 August 1909. Greek and Italian strikers engaged Canadian Pacific Railway police in a protracted gun battle on August 12, whereupon Colonel S.B.

Fort William, 1913
Fort William, 1913 (courtesy Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society).
Fort William
The Hudson's Bay Co post on Lake Superior, 1857, in a watercolour by William Napier (courtesy Library and Archives Canada).
Fort William, Aerial
Fort William, Ontario, was the centre of the northwestern fur trade (courtesy Ontario Ministry of Tourism).
Fort William Freight Handlers Strike

The Fort William freight handlers strike, by 700 nonunionized immigrants, occurred 9-16 August 1909. Greek and Italian strikers engaged Canadian Pacific Railway police in a protracted gun battle on August 12, whereupon Colonel S.B. STEELE restored order using the local militia and the Royal Canadian Mounted Rifles from Winnipeg. A federal conciliation board granted a satisfactory settlement, but in 1910 the CPR fired its 400 southern European employees.