M988.176.291 | Pressure Tactics
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
January 9, 1976, 20th century
Ink, felt pen, marker, film on paper
28.9 x 38.7 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
Keys to History
Strong unions and frequent work stoppages had become commonplace in labour relations in Québec in the 1970s. This was true in the postal sector, among others. This cartoon suggests, with tongue firmly in cheek, that when it comes to pressure tactics, teachers could learn a thing or two from the experts -- postal workers.
To give themselves more bargaining power in their negotiations with the provincial government, the unions formed a Common Front in 1976. It was feared that this move would lead to another period of labour unrest, like the one that followed the establishment of the first Common Front in 1972.
The student is suggesting that his father, a Canada Post employee, could give teachers a few pointers on effective union pressure tactics.
The second trade union Common Front was established in early 1976.
The teachers were negotiating with the Government of Québec; Canada Post employees were involved in a number of labour conflicts in the 1970s.