The March to Ballantyne Pier

by Janet Mary Nicol

It’s a story that defined Vancouver in the 1930s–a city divided by class as 900 longshoremen living on the east and south side of Vancouver fought for basic rights–to gain back a union and not a company association, as well as fair hiring practises. Their strike had only just started when on June 18, 1935, a march to protest the use of strikebreakers at Ballantyne Pier led to an all-out three hour waterfront/city street battle between police and the strikers.

Look for the full story at the BC Labour Heritage Centre website –

http://www.labourheritagecentre.ca/2015/06/18/the-march-to-ballantyne-pier-18-june-1935/#more-2117

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