Today’s BC Federation of Labour is actually the second organization by that name. The first was formed in 1910 as workers across the province united in a single body to pursue political change in the provincial Legislature.
That first federation was worn down by the battles and divisions that afflicted working people during period between the First and Second World Wars, particularly the Great Depression.
But by 1956, the need for unity was obvious. The two main labour centrals of that era, following on the national lead of the Canadian Labour Congress, joined forces to create the BC Federation of Labour.