A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White: Labour Leader, Historian Shipyard Worker, Raconteur

A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White: Labour Leader, Historian Shipyard Worker, Raconteur

by Howard White

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ISBN-13: 9781550175516
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Howard White was born in 1945 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was raised in a series of camps and settlements on the BC coast and never got over it. He is still to be found stuck barnacle-like to the shore at Pender Harbour, BC. He started Raincoast Chronicles and Harbour Publishing in the early 1970s and his own books include A Hard Man to Beat (bio), The Men There Were Then (poems), Spilsbury's Coast (bio), The Accidental Airline (bio), Patrick and the Backhoe (childrens'), Writing in the Rain (anthology) and The Sunshine Coast (travel). He was awarded the Canadian Historical Association's Career Award for Regional History in 1989. In 2000, he completed a ten-year project, The Encyclopedia of British Columbia. He has been awarded the Order of BC, the Canadian Historical Association's Career Award for Regional History, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award and a Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Victoria. In 2007, White was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has twice been runner-up in the Whisky Slough Putty Man Triathlon.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 The Shipyards

1 They Never Admitted It was a Depression 19

2 Raining Red-Hot Rivets 28

3 Dirty Work and Dirty Money 41

4 Beefs 57

5 The Battleground of the Bargaining Table 72

6 Beyond the Union Hall 89

Part 2 The Compensation Board

7 Case By Case 109

8 I Get a Royal Commission-1949 118

Part 3 The Kuzych Case

9 Tools of Power 133

10 The Courts Get On Our Case 142

11 Trade Unionism in Trouble 155

12 The Law Lords 162

Part 4 The Party

13 The Militant Tradition 175

14 Canadian McCarthyism 185

15 How the West Was Lost 194

16 Cannibalism 200

17 Standing Alone 216

18 How It Ended 222

19 Old Labour Leaders 240

Index 252

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