Battle of Ballantyne Pier


Battle of Ballantyne Pier | Historical event | Site of one of the most important labour battles that arose out of the Great Depression. A thousand longshoremen marched to protest the use of scabs in the summer of 1935 and were met with a violent show of force by the police (a repeated theme in Vancouver). Although the workers lost the battle, they would soon form the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 500.

Usage | “Hey, does anyone know if the band The Ballantynes were named after the Battle of Ballantyne Pier?”

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