On The Line Books Distributed to BC Secondary Schools

Surrey, B.C. – {June 24, 2019) – The BC Labour Heritage Centre and Community Savings Credit Union are proud to announce that every public secondary school in British Columbia has received a complimentary copy of On The Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement, by Rod Mickleburgh and published by Harbour Publishing. The donation represents proceeds from the sale of books over the past year. On The Line, written by Rod Mickleburgh chronicles an important narrative of British Columbia’s history from the first Indigenous Workers to the present day. This publication will be a very useful resource for secondary school teachers looking for current material that helps illuminate the history of the province as reflected in the current curriculum changes.

On the Line, a BC Labour Heritage Centre project chronicles British Columbia’s labour movement from pre-confederation to current day. In doing so, it celebrates BC workers’ strong record of fighting back against unfair pay and unsafe working conditions—one rooted in the resilience, tenacity and innovative thinking of these local workers and their communities.

On The Line was an immediate success and as a result, On The Line quickly went into second printing. Community Savings Credit Union, The Unions’ Credit Union was proud to be the sole funding sponsor for On The Line and contributed $250,000 to ensure this important book was published.

“Most students expect to work through their adult lives, aspiring to good jobs with good wages. Access to On the Line through every public high school library in BC allows these same students to learn that the struggles to unionize, to have healthy and safe workplaces, fairness and dignity on the job and other rights has been centuries long, and is ongoing. Perhaps they will remember its lessons and be inspired to carry it on.” Joey Hartman, Chair, Board of Directors, The BC Labour Heritage Centre of BC.

“One of the real successes of this book has been the way it has re-engaged a wider audience who are gaining a better sense of the impact and importance that the labour movement has had on our province. And the Labour Heritage Centre’s work to have the book become part of school libraries ensures that the audience includes the citizens of the future, students in our public school system.” Phillip Legg, Chair, Community Savings Board of Directors.

“What strikes me most when reading On the Line is how relevant the fundamental issues it illustrates are to working families today.  I can imagine many a teacher introducing this book with the quote ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’.  It’s so important that our youth understands the history of working people as this will enable them to shape, as they must, a fairer and more just society in the future”. Mike Schilling, CEO and President, Community Savings.

On the Line also provides a comprehensive overview of present unions. Writer Rod Mickleburgh profiles the B.C. Teachers’ long and successful fight for improved classroom conditions, and the Steelworkers’ battle for safer workplaces, amongst other notable events. He highlights the role played by women, Indigenous peoples and minority workers in bettering communities and workplaces, and underlines the additional challenges these groups continue to face in their access to fair and equal opportunities. On the Line shares their all-encompassing story—celebrating how far we’ve come in the fight for equality and democracy, and sharing informed perspectives on where we go from here.

About The BC Labour Heritage Centre
The BC Labour Heritage Centre Society was founded in 2004 with JJ (Jack) Munro as Chair. The Society preserves, documents and presents the rich history of working people in British Columbia. The Society engages in partnerships and projects that help define and express the role that work and workers have played in the evolution of social policy and its impact on the present and future shaping of the province. To learn more, visit    

About Community Savings Credit Union
Created by the labour movement in 1944, Community Savings is proudly celebrating its 75th Anniversary. Community Savings Credit Union is BC’s largest fully unionized credit union and is dedicated to being the credit union of choice within the working community. At Community Savings Credit Union, we are known for providing exceptional service to each member and our passion lies in empowering our members to achieve their financial goals. Being member owned and operated, Community Savings invests into our communities by supporting local charities and non-profit organizations to help create stronger and more vibrant communities. To learn more, visit    

Rod Mickleburgh is a former labour reporter for the Vancouver Sun and Province and senior writer for the Globe and Mail. Rod Mickleburgh received the George Ryga Award in 2019 for On the Line, demonstrating an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year. He is also the author of The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972–1975 (co-authored with Geoff Meggs).

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Donna Sacuta
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Tel: 604-419-0400
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Community Savings Credit Union
Tel: 604-637-5009

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