Lil Godfrey and June Olson talk about the importance of the Auxiliary to each of them; the value of learning how to run a meeting; social activities like bazaars, dances, sports days, and quilting bees; some casual conversation that includes discussion about treatment of activist and blacklisted men.
Lil Godfrey and June Olson talk about family life at Lake Cowichan; their husbands’ extended stays in logging camps; bunk house living conditions; camp safety; reasons for forming the Ladies’ Auxiliary; and the role of families in the 1946 strike and the Victoria Trek.
Lil Godfrey and June Olson continue discussing activities and issues taken up by the Women’s Auxiliary, including the types topics covered at educational meetings. They also talk about organizing between communities, how they became involved in the Auxiliary, the skills they learned through their involvement with the Auxiliary, and community events they helped organize.
Lil Godfrey and June Olson discuss methods for organizing on the logging camps, the importance of active participation in unions, and the ways union participation has changed. They also discuss the types of work done by the Women’s Auxiliary, and the war effort. Finally, they discuss the 1946 Strike, the role of the Women’s Auxiliary within the strike, and media coverage of the strike.
Lil Godfrey and June Olson discuss the various issues advocated for by the IWA Women’s Auxiliary, disaffiliation with the American union, and factionalization within the union. They also discuss pensions, red baiting, and their experiences with forming a co-op grocery and credit union in their community.
Lil Godfrey & June Olson describe their childhood living conditions, including food and power shortages, and the work their mothers did to feed them, clothe them, and advocate for the community’s needs (for example, roads and healthcare). They describe their fathers’ experiences with logging work, including difficulties with the seasonal nature of the job, and the lack of unemployment insurance.
Lil Godfrey discusses the Greenwall family history, including her family’s life in Extension and Wellington, mining communities near Nanaimo, BC. She talks about the effects of the 1912-1914 miner’s strike, the arrival of the militia, and the hardship on families. She mentions her father’s death in an explosion at the No. 5 Pit, Wellington Colliery in 1927. She also discusses the her teacher training, lack of jobs during the Great Depression, her marriage, and she and her husband’s move to Lake Cowichan for his logger job.
Masue Tagashira discusses her separation from her son, her marriage and leaving her husband, working in retail, being reunited with her son, and the importance of education for her children.
Masue Tagashira discusses her immigration from Japan to Canada in 1927, her life in Japan prior to moving, and the differences between rural life in Japan and Canada. She also discusses life, work and wages on logging camps.
Eileen Sufrin discusses women’s issues in unions, her experience as a woman being involved with union work. She also discusses her experiences organizing Eatons in Toronto, as well as the end of her labour career.
Eileen Sufrin continues her discussion of factionalization within the labour movement, and the union’s involvement in women’s issues. She discusses the types of women in the workforce, and the differing needs of these groups (married women as opposed to single women, for example). Finally, she discusses white collar unionism and organizing department stores, touching upon her experience organizing Eatons in Toronto.
Eileen Sufrin discusses changes in employment and the status of women from the prewar period, through World War II, and into the postwar period.
Eileen Sufrin discusses reasons for organizing, and attitudes towards unions during the war. She also discusses her personal reasons for becoming involved in the labour movement, her activity with the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, moving from Ontario to British Columbia, and factionalization within the labour movement.
Marjorie Storm explains the importance of passing her resolution through the I.W.A. “Ladies” Auxiliary before taking it to conference; women’s support of the union and job actions; feminism and the women’s movement in the 1970’s; becoming politically active and eventually Vice-President of the NDP; the social safety net and the trade union movement.
Marjorie Storm describes the physical layout of the plant and its’ activities; technological change in the mill and effect on employment; being a working mother; domestic challenges; 60-pound lift limits for women under the Factories Act; arbitration cases; the strike of 1948; I.W.A. Women’s Auxiliary and her attempts through resolutions to give it more clout.
Marjorie Storm talks about actions by women for equal access to jobs; use of arbitration; the employers’ negative response to equal pay; pressure by women forestry workers for changes to the Human Rights Code and how, working through the union, changes were subsequently passed by the provincial NDP government. She also talks about how she got involved in the union in the 1950’s representing the 350 women working in the mill; locking down the plant to stop a foreman from taking workers’ jobs; negotiating on behalf of all workers at her plant.
Marjorie Storm talks about her first job in Vancouver at Fraser Mills; sexual harassment in the workplace; working at Boeing main Sea Island plant as a riveter and fitter; her placement by National Selective Service at Pacific Veneer (now Canadian Forest Products) in 1946; how the I.W.A. defended the right of married women to work at her mill; attitudes of men on the job towards working women; wage differential between sexes and segregated seniority lists; increase in representation of women in the union; the winning fight for equal pay for equal work in 1966.
Jean Shiels discusses the Mother’s Council and relief during the Great Depression. She also discusses the peace movement, the League Against the War on Fascism, and support for Spain in the 1930s. Finally, she discusses the Young Pioneers and summer camp, race relations, women in trade unions, and birth control.
Jean Shiels discusses disillusionment amongst women during the Great Depression, mother and father’s history with unionism, and their eviction during the Great Depression. She also discusses the single unemployed, the difference in labour struggles from the 1930s to the 1980s, and the On to Ottawa trek.
Jean Shiels discusses her early life in Vancouver, and her recollections of the Great Depression (including her family’s eviction and her father’s arrest for organizing). She discusses the Worker’s Unity League and the issues of free speech and free assembly. She also talks about food, community organization and women’s organization, social attitudes towards people on relief, and changing attitudes towards race in the 1930s. Finally, she talks about organization done by women, and the impact of unemployment on young people.
Irene Seed further discusses her experiences in Youbou, the Women’s Auxiliary, raising children, and her happiest memories. She also discusses her husband’s death from kidney disease, her widow’s pension, and the loggers in the community.
Irene Seed continues talking about her experiences in the Women’s Auxiliary, the activities of the Women’s Auxiliary, the Auxiliary’s relationship with the forestry industry and union, and the Auxiliary’s eventual dissolution. She also goes into safety issues in the mill, raising a child in Youbou, and her first day in Youbou.
Irene Seed discusses moving to Youbou, British Columbia and daily life with a child in a rural Vancouver Island community. She talks about seeking steady work during the Great Depression, her experiences as a nurse (including training, duties, and wages), and the wood industry to which her husband belonged. She touches upon racial segregation in the forestry industry, and the Women’s Auxiliary’s impact on the social life of women in the community.