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Nobody gave the working-class anything

Often history is rewritten and modified to make people look better. No matter what some may say, nobody gave the working-class anything. Each achievement, each win was fought for.

In 1941 the government marched 500 heavily armed police through Kirkland Lake. The goal was to warn that should miners strike they would pay a heavy price.

The following day, women and children of Kirkland Lake marched through the downtown to show they weren’t afraid and to support miners. This amazingly historic strike defined the right to collective bargaining in Canada.

We should all remember that nobody gave the working-class anything. We fought for every gain that has been made. Women played key roles in achieving these wins.

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