Provincial Workmen's Association fonds

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Provincial Workmen's Association fonds

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MG 20, vol. 507, 939.

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  • 1882-1887, 1916 (Creation)
    Provincial Workmen's Association

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3 cm of textual records

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On 29 August 1879, the Provincial Miners Association was formed by a group of coal miners in Springhill, N.S., to "defend and protect the interests of miners and other workers" of the colliery. A constitution was adopted on 1 September 1879 and the association's first lodge, Pioneer Lodge No. 1, was established in Springhill. The association was incorporated as the Provincial Workmen's Association in 1881. Its primary objective was to improve living and working conditions for miners through political activism, lobbying, and strikes if deemed necessary. In the same year, the first lodges in Cape Breton were organized by the association's grand secretary and agent, Robert Drummond, including Drummond Lodge (South Mines), Equity (Caledonia), and Island and Unity Lodges (Bridgeport). By 1917 the PWA and the United Mine Workers of Nova Scotia had united to form the Amalgamated Mine Workers of Nova Scotia. In 1918 the remaining lodges of the Provincial Workmen's Association were dissolved.

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Fonds consists of a typescript of the Provincial Workmen's Association biannual minutes and proceedings with constitution, by-laws, and rules of order, 1879-1891, compiled by the Grand Secretary's Office in 1916; and articles of incorporation for various lodges of the association, 1882-1887.

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