Posts Tagged ‘First Nations unions’

“Unions aren’t Native”

August 15, 2008

muck“Unions Aren’t Native”: The Muckamuck Restaurant Labour Dispute (1978-1983)

by Janet Mary Nicol

The Muckamuck Restaurant, owned by non-Natives, employed First Nations workers, who cooked and served aboriginal cuisine. In 1978, the employees joined SORWUC, an independent feminist union and went on strike. Their powerful story is chronicled in the academic journal, Labour/Le Travail, Volume 40, 1997.

The article is available on line at –

and is also available on university library databases.

A detailed article about SORWUC organizing in Vancouver restaurants and banks, appeared in Women and the Environment International (WEI) journal, Winter, 2014.

The article is based on research I did for an upcoming Knowledge Network TV production, Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia – This documentary shares 30 stories of workers whose important contributions help build British Columbia. The series was developed in partnership with the Labour Heritage Centre and with the support of the Vancouver Foundation. One of the 30 stories (each are two and half minutes) is about the SORWUC bank drive.

You can search the Knowledge Network website to download the series.