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Memorable Manitobans: James Winning (1881-1951)

Labour leader.

Born at Cambuslang, Scotland in 1881, he came to Winnipeg in 1906 as a bricklayer. He was an alderman and the president of the Trades and Labor Council at the time of the Winnipeg General Strike. He served as a member of the Manitoba Minimum Wage Board from 1918 to 1941. In 1919 Winning testified before the Robson Commission that was inquiring into the Winnipeg General Strike, and his assertions that the strike was not revolutionary in intent formed one of the bases for the commission’s conclusions. He was a candidate for Winnipeg in the 1922 provincial general election. He died at his Winnipeg home, 944 Riverwood Avenue, on 25 November 1951 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

“Former Trades Council head, J. Winning dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1951, page 31.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 June 2018

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