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August 9, 2006
Alberta Labour History Institute presents Labour History Day - September 2nd
The Alberta Labour History Institute (ALHI) is presenting the 6th Annual Labour History Day on September 2, 2006.  Labour History
Day is designed as an educational event to encourage trade unionists in the Edmonton area to become involved in researching and
preserving their own history.

The ALHI 2006 Labour History Day Committee is encouraging unions in the Edmonton area to nominate stewards, officers and active
members to take part in this event as part of their union education.  

Labour History Day will give union members a chance to socialize with other workers, historians, activists and trade unionists over
lunch and refreshments provided by the ALHI.  

As part of the formal afternoon program, participants to Labour History Day will hear a presentation by the Edmonton District Labour
Council and the Northern Alberta Building Trades Council, both of which are celebrating their 100th Anniversaries this year.  This will
be followed by a presentation from Ed Thomas ('Fast Eddie'), the author of
A Worker's Guide to Local Union History.  Mr. Thomas
was a tractor operator with the City of Hamilton, Ontario, and will speak of his own experiences as a Parks Worker who decided to
preserve the history of his Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 5 after improving his literacy skills in a Literacy in the
Workplace Program.  He also published a widely-circulated book on monuments of Dead and Injured Workers from around the world.
 He will be providing copies of his book, as well as his
Worker's Guide to participants at Labour History Day.  

Labour History Day will also feature displays, artifacts, and pictures that tell the stories of Alberta's working people, their work and
their unions.
Labour History Day
Saturday, September 2, 2006
Milner Library - Edmonton Room
100 Street at 102 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
12 Noon to 5:00 PM MDT
About the Alberta Labour History Institute

ALHI was formed over 8-years ago by a number of trade unionists, community activists, archivists and historians who recognized the
need to take concrete steps to publicize and preserve the important story of working people and their organizations in the Province of
Alberta.  

The ALHI was incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act.  The ALHI Board meets once a month to conduct the business of the
institute and plan its activities.  Since its inception, the ALHI has done considerable work in collecting, restoring, protecting and
spreading the story of Alberta Labour to students and other Albertans, which includes, to name some:

  • Interviewed over 100 Albertans in the ALHI Oral History Project
  • Preserved numerous archived records, photos and publications
  • Produced an Alberta Labour History Calendar, a 'living history'
  • Provided material for Edmonton and Alberta Centennial Celebrations
  • Helped several Unions celebrate their 100th anniversaries

Over the past year, the Alberta Labour History Institute has completed an Alberta Centennial Labour History Project with funding from
Canadian Heritage, creating a new Web Site of Alberta Labour History -
www.labourhistory.ca.  The ALHI is also working with the
Aspen Foundation to create a teachers' guide that will connect this website to the Alberta School Curriculum.

Source:  AFL    
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