Smelter Wars, Part Three

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Mon, 06/13/2022 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Smelter Wars by Ron Verzuh is a deeply researched account of a militant union at one of the world’s largest smelter complexes, in Trail, British Columbia. The story Verzuh tells covers decades, from management’s efforts to prevent unionization, up to successful organizing, followed by red-baiting and success in fending off fraternal raids. Life in Trail, gender issues and the union’s use of culture are all part of the account, with an appearance by Paul Robeson and the specter of cross-border McCarthyism. As part of our regular feature, Another World is Possible, Norm Diamond continues his conversation with the author, touching on the role unions might play in social transformation. Follow the links to hear Part One and Part Two of the interview.

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