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Terry Ketler fonds
CA SVE TK · Fonds · [197-] - 2015

Fonds consists of materials related arising from Terry Ketler's association with the Metro Media Society of Greater Vancouver (Metro Media), of which he was a founding member. Materials include photographs of Metro Media production activities (some in the form of contact sheets, some in the form of larger prints), a personal recollection of the history of Metro Media (written in 2015), and a summary of Metro Media's activities in 1971 and 1972. Also included in the fond are seven 1" video tapes, primarily documenting the Vancouver theatre company Savage Gods, and a Sony AVC-3400 DC 12V Portapac videorecorder.

Terry Ketler
CA SVE SD-01-02-01-10-SD_WLHP_375 · Item · May 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Mona Morgan discusses isolation amongst homemakers and the necessity of joint responsibility for the home. She also discusses women’s rights, including their inability to vote in civic elections. Finally, she discusses McCarthyism in the unions, and her experiences running for civic office.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-10-SD_WLHP_373 · Item · May 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Mona Morgan discusses her election to the executive of Local 107, the activities undertaken by Women’s Auxiliaries, the organization of social events, and recruitment techniques. She also discusses cultural differences between the past and present, the On to Ottawa trek, houswives organizing after the war, and red baiting.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-10-SD_WLHP_370 · Item · May 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Mona Morgan discusses how she got involved with the labour movement, including details about her early life, the Great Depression, and her first jobs in Vancouver as a housekeeper and in the office of B.C. Plywoods. She talks about her firing from the mill, her involvement with the International Woodworkers of America (IWA), and the pushback people receive when they stand up for their rights. She talks about wages, hours, living conditions, and safety for housekeepers and mill employees.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-12-SD_WLHP_369 · Item · Sep. 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

June Olson and her husband, Nels Olson, discuss the Lake Cowichan logging industry and their families’ roles in it during the depression and war years. Nels gives an overview of the many companies that worked there including McDonald Murphy Logging. Tree felling safety issues are discussed.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-04-SD_WLHP_367 · Item · 17 Mar. 1990
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Marge Dalskog talks about her husband Ernie’s work with the Woodworker’s Union of Canada around 1947 and subsequent blacklisting; her participation in the radio show “Five Minutes with Mona” (Mona Morgan); and why the Auxiliary was important to the union and the women who participated.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-04-SD_WLHP_366 · Item · 17 Mar. 1990
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Marge Dalskog talks about how she met her second husband during the IWA’s fight to leave the International (1946); writing and reporting for the Richmond Times and writing her column “Hold the Line, Please” for the union paper; life on Lulu Island in the 1940’s; how women reacted to the changes in the workplace post-war; how working women found childcare; disputes with the press during the 1946 International fight; reasons for the local IWA wanting to leave the US-based International; attacks on union organizers for their political beliefs.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-19-SD_WLHP_364 · Item · May 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

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.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-08-SD_WLHP_362 · Item · 14 Sep. 1987
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Gladys Hilland discusses the different jobs she held, including agricultural work, hotel and restaurant work, and retail work at the Bay. She also discusses how she got into work at the Sitka Spruce sawmill, her relationship with the men at the mill, the training she received, and the union drive at the mill.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-09-SD_WLHP_361 · Item · 17 Sep. 1987
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

May Martin discusses her takeover of the union office with Emily Nuttall, her opposition towards the International, and her expulsion from the union. She also discusses turnover in the industry and the position of women in the union.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-09-SD_WLHP_359 · Item · 17 Sep. 1987
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

May Martin continues discussion of The Night Order. She also discusses organizing, and living/working conditions in the Yukon. She discusses experiences of waitresses with sex work and sexual harassment, and the changing image of waitressing as a profession. Finally, she discusses contract demands, bartenders’ attitudes towards waitresses, and begins discussing the Milwaukee Convention.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-09-SD_WLHP_358 · Item · 17 Sep. 1987
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

May Martin discusses her election to business agent of the Hotel & Restaurant Employees Union, methods for organizing restaurants, the role of business agent, and the push to procure transportation home after night shifts (The Night Order).

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-09-SD_WLHP_357 · Item · 17 Sep. 1987
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

May Martin discusses her life in Quebec and Ontario prior to moving to British Columbia in 1942. She also talks about her daily duties as a hotel waitress, including her wages and hours. She discusses joining the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, why she supported trade unions, the treatment of workers in restaurants, sexual harassment in the workplace, and the role of shop steward.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-14-SD_WLHP_355 · Item · 31 Aug. 1987
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Johnnie Rankin discusses first arriving in Vancouver during the Great Depression, and the change in employment opportunities with the advent of the war. She also discusses working in the shipyard, including details on training, daily duties, her first day on the job, and the reaction of men towards working with women. Finally, she discusses joining the Boilermakers Union, and the status of women within the union.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-07-SD_WLHP_354 · Item · [198-] or [199-]
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Betty Griffin discusses wages and equal pay for women, and the difference in attitude towards women working during World War II and after the war. She also discusses consciousness raising within the rank and file (including the Worker’s Educational Association and the Miss Production contest), and struggles within the union between right wing and progressive factions. Finally, Griffin discusses attitudes towards the war effort and Fascism.

FTBT - E. Fordham - #2
CA SVE SD-01-02-01-05-SD_WLHP_353 · Item · [198-] or [199-]
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Elizabeth Fordham discusses the On to Ottawa Trek, Women’s League meetings, how she became involved in politics, and the different women’s organizations at the time. She also discusses evictions in Vancouver during the Great Depression, the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike, and her first job.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-20-SD_WLHP_352 · Item · [198-] or [199-]
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Masue Tagashira discusses her husband’s illness, learning English, working in a barbership, her religious life, housework, childbirth, and raising children.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-15-SD_WLHP_351 · Item · [198-] or [199-]
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Jean Scott discusses social attitudes towards domestic abuse, and her work with the Canadian Air Force during the war. She also discusses the beginnings of her interest in politics, her early involvement with the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the involvement of women in the party, and the Political Action Committee organized by the Canadian Congress of Labour. Finally, she discusses working for trade unions as office secretary, the types of industries being organized, attitudes towards trade unionism, and the International Woodworkers Association’s rejection of the International.

CA SVE SD-01-02-01-15-SD_WLHP_350 · Item · [198-] or [199-]
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Jean Scott discusses her early life, growing up on the prairies, and her first jobs as a domestic. She discusses her musical aspirations, leaving her abusive husband, and the poor treatment of domestic workers. Finally, she discusses working in a small country hospital, attending night school, and the personal changes that came with the advent of war.