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"Unions Aren't Native": The Muckamuck Restaurant Labour Dispute, Vancouver, B.C. (1978-1983)

Document type Article
Author Nicol, Janet Mary
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 40
Date 1997 Fall
ISSN 0700-3862
Pages 236-251


The article explores the rise of a labour dispute involving employees at the Muckamuck restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia between 1978 and 1983. It mentions the decision of some restaurant employees to sign union cards with local independent feminist union, the Service, Office and Retail Workers' Union of Canada (SORWUC) and eventually certified as a bargaining unit on February 21, 1978. It reveals the difficulties faced by First Nations people in obtaining employment in the city but when hired, they are often offered low wages. It notes a high turnover rate in all restaurants in the region indicating the need for a union.