Toronto Public Library Workers Union

PH-95-78-35 In 1946, the first Canadian trade union organized for and by black Canadians was established: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in Canada.  

Explore these links to read about these Canadian workers and their couragous battle to unionize.  

 At Work: Historical Images of Labour in Saskatchewan: Sleeping Car Porters

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Sleeping Car Porters

Windsor Communities: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

North American Railway Hall of Fame: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

CN Railway Porter in Saskatoon, Photo Courtesy of John Wen, University of Saskatoon Reading Room

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