Telecommunications Workers Union

Telecommunications Workers Union

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The Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) is a trade union in Canada for people working for telephone and cable companies. Although the TWU has members from Shaw Cable in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada, the majority of TWU members are employees of Telus (formerly BC Tel in British Columbia).

Early organization at BC Tel: The IBEW and EEO

Labour organization at BC Tel (at the time called the New Westminster and Burrard Inlet Telephone Company) began when a group of Vancouver linemen and telephone workers met in the fall of 1901 and decided to organize as a branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. This branch became chartered as IBEW Local 213 and branches were soon formed among telephone workers in New Westminster and Victoria. The entirely female operator staff joined in 1902 in what was one of the earliest successful efforts to organize women workers in Vancouver <sup></sup>. Strike action in this year, supported finally by Vancouver's business community exasperated with the continuing instability of service and stubbornness of the company's negotiating position, succeeded in bringing formal recognition to the union, sick pay and pay increases for the workers and several other benefits <sup></sup>. Further strike action was at times employed until the 1920's however internal labour movement disputes following the 1919 General Strike, internal IBEW disputes, and complacency from having already won superior...... ...
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