Unions had previously formed a common front to battle an anti-union bill of the UNION NATIONALE government, and now the CCCL, the Fédération provinciale du travail du Québec (FPTQ, later part of QFL) and unions affiliated with the CCL and CIO organized strike-support meetings throughout Québec. The church also backed the strikers. This put the bishop's office in direct conflict with Premier Maurice DUPLESSIS, whose police, based in mining-company offices, were in conflict with the strikers. The strike became a historical and political event of symbolic import that introduced Québec to an era of embittered labour conflict and presaged the QUIET REVOLUTION.
Author HÉLENE DAVID
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Labour History
This website documents the history of the labour movement and labour reform in Canada. From the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Documents on the 1949 Asbestos Strike
An extensive bibliography with full text documents concerning the history of the 1949 Québec asbestos strike and associated issues. From the Québec History website by Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College.