Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 141 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Prairie History No. 1
Prairie
History

No. 1

Manitoba Photographers List
Manitoba
Photographers
List

Free Press Manitoba 150
Free Press
Manitoba
150

MHS YouTube Channel
MHS
YouTube
Channel

Manitoba Brick & Blocks
Manitoba
Bricks
& Blocks

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:
Churchill
2020

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

Fundraising Dinner 2020
MHS
Fundraising
Dinner
2020

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

TimeLinks: The Strike Bulletin of the Western Labour News

Search | Image Archive | Reference | Communities | POV | Lesson Plans | Credits


No Image Available During the night of 17 June 1919, William Ivens, minister in the Labour Church and editor of the Strike Bulletin of the Western Labour News was arrested on two charges of seditious conspiracy for his leading role in the Winnipeg General Strike.

The Strike Bulletin was a daily sheet prepared by the Labour News, the weekly newspaper of the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council during the Strike. It became a vital source of information for the strikers, who had shut down the telephone and telegraph services and all three daily newspapers. By agreement of the Trades and Labour Council, members of the Printers Union at the Labour News did not join the general sympathetic strike, but supported it instead by vastly increasing their labour.

After Ivens' arrest, the editorship of the Labour News was taken up by J. S. Woodsworth, a former Methodist minister and outspoken advocate for labour. Woodsworth too was arrested, but this did not stop publication of the paper. Fred Dixon, a moderate MLA had allied himself with the strikers, and abandoned the Legislature to serve as spokesman for the Strike Committee. After Woodsworth's arrest, Dixon took up the editorship and managed two more editions before a warrant was issued for his arrest too. Dixon ignored the warrant, and from hiding published several more editions under the names of the Western Star and The Enlightener, turning himself in only after the end of the Strike was certain.

Page revised: 27 August 2009

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2020 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.