In 1978, for example, an important political sequence was initiated surrounding the Muckamuck
Restaurant dispute, in which feminist, trade union, and First Nations working-class activists sustained a three-year strike and picket action at the site of their former employer.
Patronized by well-heeled business executives and the Indian community alike," a local newspaper described the Muckamuck as a restaurant where "about 20 Indians prepare and serve such traditional Northwest Coast delicacies as seaweed, herring roe and soapberries as well as full-course seafood meals eaten from carved Haida feast bowls.
Hoping to pressure the Muckamuck owners to bargain in good faith, union members distributed leaflets to customers and passersby that explained some of the workers' grievances and outlined the situation to date.
155) By July 1980, as the Muckamuck strike passed the two-year mark, the union had raised $36,000 for strike pay.
Though SORWUC's differences from much of the Canadian labour movement helped the union to organize the Muckamuck workers and maintain a solid picket line, as with the Bimini strike, it hindered the union in other ways.
168) Further, SORWUC spokesperson Jean Rands maintained that despite their absence from the picket line, those Muckamuck employees who had found temporary work were "anxious to get back to the Muckamuck when a contract is signed.
172) In total, strikebreaking employees at the Muckamuck submitted three applications for decertification during the strike.
Indeed, along with the police and the provincial courts, the BCLRB played a key role in determining the efficacy of the Muckamuck strike, especially as tensions on the picket line started to rise.
Janet Mary Nicol, " `Unions Aren't Native': The Muckamuck Restaurant Labour Dispute Vancouver, B.
1) Ethel was an employee at the Muckamuck restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia when its First Nations workers decided to organize into an independent feminist union in 1978 and subsequently struck for a first contract against white American owners.
This case study draws on archival materials and other sources as well as my own recollections as a former organizer and clerical worker in the union which organized the Muckamuck workers and as a "regular" on the Muckamuck picket line.
The Muckamuck Restaurant opened in 1971, and advertised "authentic" First Nations cuisine.
I was referred to an employment agency which recommended that I take a federal training program connected to the Muckamuck restaurant.
Notes taken by a SORWUC representative at an initial meeting with the Muckamuck workers show that most staff made between $3 and $4 an hour, averaging $60 a night with tips.