Call for Oral History Interviews: The Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU), 1969-1984

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My name is Mason Godden, and I am a PhD candidate in the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. I am currently working on a doctoral project that details the history of the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU) from the 1960s-1980s, tentatively titled Left-Nationalism in the Canadian Labour Movement: The Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU), 1969-1984. As part of my research, I am interested in interviewing former CCU leaders, CCU-affiliated union members, and CCU allies involved in labour organizing, strikes, campaigns, or related activities during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s across Canada. These interviews will last between 1-2 hours, and take place via telephone or Zoom.

If you, a friend, a colleague, or family member were involved with the CCU’s leadership, one of its affiliated unions (such as the Canadian Textile and Chemicals Union (CTCU), the Canadian Association of Industrial, Mechanical, and Allied Workers (CAIMAW), the Food and Service Workers of Canada (FASWOC), the York University Staff Association (YUSA), the Bricklayers, Masons Independent Union of Canada (BMIUC), the United Oil Workers of Canada (UOWC), the Canadian Mineworkers Union (CMU) the Canadian Association of Smelter and Allied Workers (CASAW), the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC), the Independent Nylon Workers Union, the Canadian Union of Operating Engineers, the Independent Canadian Transit Union (ICTU), etc.), or were a member of a left-wing or feminist group that supported CCU-led campaigns (such as the Waffle, the NDP, the Canadian Liberation Movement (CLM), the Organized Working Women (OWW), the International Women’s Day Committee (IWDC), the Equal Pay Coalition, the Ontario and/or Vancouver Status of Women Committees etc.) during the timeframe indicated above and are interested in being interviewed, please contact me by email ( or telephone (705-750-8840) at your earliest convenience.

Please note, non-CCU unionized workers, non-unionized workers, and others in the labour movement who were active in CCU campaigns are also welcome to participate.


Mason Godden PhD Candidate, School of Labour Studies
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Judy Fudge Professor, School of Labour Studies
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Tel: (905) 525-9140 ext. 20238

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance by the McMaster Research Ethics Board.