1950s

1950
Steelworkers negotiated a 40-hour workweek. The two first plants were Stelco in Hamilton and Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie. Steelworker activists throughout Canada used the victory as a new baseline to defined the work week in contracts in every sector. A 40-hour workweek later became standard for all workers because of the widespread success of the labour movement

1957-1966
The long struggle to establish the Steelworkers as the union for miners at the Noranda-owned Gaspe Copper Mine in Murdochville, Quebec. A seven-month strike in 1957 for union recognition was one of the pivotal labour struggles in the province and set the stage for the ‘Quiet Revolution’. It took another nine years after the ’57 strike for the union to be certified. The mine and smelter were closed by 2002, effectively turning Murdochville into a ghost town.