Minto Local #7409, United Mine Workers of America
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- United Mine Workers of America. Minto Local #7409 (Minto, N.B.)
1.05 m of textual records and 1 reel of microfilm
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The area around Minto, New Brunswick was one of the first regions in North America to export coal. Regular production began in 1825, but it was not until 1904, when the Central Railway line to Minto was completed, that large scale production began.
The mine workers of Minto were represented by local #7409 of the United Mine Workers of America. The union had dealings with several of the mining interests in the area, including Avon Coal Co., Dufferin Mining Ltd., Maurice Jette Ltd., V.C McMann, and Michiels Ltd. In 1937, a miners' strike in Minto was organized to push for better and more stable wages, safer and more regulated working conditions, and benefits. In 1938, the strike was resolved by provincial legislation. The Union continues to be active in the area, although underground mining was abandoned in 1971 in favour of the easier and safer practice of strip mining.
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The fonds consists of office files of Minto Local #7409, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) including general correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, and records of the collection of dues. There are printed reports and records of negotiations with employers and the Workmen's Compensation Board. There is also a microfilm (F1325) that contains the local's minutes, 1950-1964, as well as a few briefs, and submissions.
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The material was donated by the Local Union #7409, United Mine Workers of America, Minto, New Brunswick, in 1973.
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