Labour Studies Index

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"The Honest Working Man" and Workers' Control: The Experience of Toronto Skilled Workers, 1860-1892

Document type Article
Author Kealey, Gregory S.
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 1
Date 1976 May
ISSN 0700-3862
Pages 32-68


Argues that skilled workers in the nineteenth century had more control than was previously realized. Examines three Toronto unions active from the 1860s to the 1890s: the Coopers International Union, Ontario No. 3; the International Typographical Union No. 91; and the Iron Molders International Union No. 28. Analyzes various incidents that demonstrated the power of the skilled workers’ unions. Concludes by discussing the arrival of new threats to workers' control: scientific management, the rise of large corporations, and the expansion of labour-saving machinery.