Learning labour history provides a long view of our experience as workers and the labour movement. Until the late 1800s it was illegal to even form a union in Canada. 

In subsequent decades the labour movement has grown to become one of the most effective vehicles for social justice, but it’s been a bumpy road with lots of ups and downs. 

Unions have helped to advance human and worker rights on a broad scale, but also have a history of exclusion, racism, discrimination and protectionism. Understanding this history is key to strengthening the labour movement for the future.