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In the summer of 1946 several of Hamilton’s largest employers, including the Steel Company of Canada, faced a prolonged 81-day strike involving thousands of workers. This strike immediately affected the lives of Brightsiders as picketing Stelco workers congregated at the Company’s Wilcox Gate, within spitting distance of Brightside, and its Manchester Gate, located amid Brightside’s neighbourhood homes.  

Listen: 1946 Stelco Strike.  Click the play circle below.
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Another attempt may be made today to settle the steel strike. 

The national director of the United Steelworkers Union, C.H. Millard, says he believes that he will meet members of the government later today. 

The President of the Canadian Congress of Labour, A.R. Mosher, and the secretary of the Congress, Pat Conroy, are also expected to attend the meeting. 

Audio clip Courtesy of CBC Archives.

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