This book emerges from the papers, panels, and discussion of the
conference "Where the Past Meets the Future - the Place of
Alternative Unions in the Canadian Labour Movement," held to
commemorate the first one hundred years of the history of the Mine,
Mill and Smelter Workers Union. The union, which began in 1893 as
the Western Federation of Miners and grew to a membership of over
one hundred thousand in fifty locals throughout Canada during the
1950s, had shrunk to a single local of sixteen hundred members in
Sudbury, Ontario, by the 1990s. This book brings together the
voices of contemporary labour leaders, activists, old timers, and
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