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Sixty-three years ago, members of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Local 598, as they are pictured here, gathered prior to the start of their historic strike against the International Nickel Company (Inco).


The goal of the proposed case study is to examine the 1958 strike of the over 17,000 workers of INCO in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario.  The strike marked a turning point in the decline of the labour movement in Canada. The study will explore the causes and consequences of the strike through the everyday lives of people who lived through that period. 

The project is funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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If you’ve got stories or memories of the 1958 strike – or know of someone who does – please contact Dr. Quinlan by email at: or call 306-665-1700.   

1958 Strike at International Nickel Company (Sudbury): Victory or Defeat? 
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