List of Acronyms
Introduction: A Smelter City is Born
1. A Red Union Comes to Town
2. Battling Blaylock’s Company Union
3. Women War Workers and Ladies Auxiliary Politics
4. Mine-Mill Courts Trail’s Immigrant Enclave
5. A Clash of Ideologies in the Kootenays
6. Steel Cold Warriors Raid Trail’s Red Union
7. Resisting Canadian McCarthyism in British Columbia
Conclusion: The Complicated History of Local 480
Epilogue: The Smelter City Today
Ron Verzuh is a writer and historian. His previous books include Radical Rag: The Pioneer Labour Press in Canada and Underground Times: Canada’s Flower-Child Revolutionaries.
"Smelter Wars tells a fascinating tale of rebellious trade union
resistance and activism in wartime Trail. This book is a riveting
account of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter
Workers (Local 480’s) struggle against the powerful Consolidated
Mining and Smelting Company of Canada."
"Smelter Wars was both a very informative book as well as a most enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in labour history, indeed, to anyone interested in BC history."
*BC Labour Heritage Centre Newsletter*
"As a former CUPE national communications director, Verzuh has synthesized an astonishing amount of detail, prompting one reader to say, ‘it’s not often a history like this is a page-turner, but this one definitely is.’"
"Highly detailed and requiring close concentration, Smelter Wars impresses with its depth of research."
*New York Labor History Association*
"Smelter Wars is the story of the era. The book is wonderful."