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Agendas and notes

This sub-series contains agendas, address books, and telephone books kept by Madeleine Parent. Agendas detail contacts, appointments, and reminders, including entries related to her activities for the Canadian Textile Council (CTC), Canadian Textile and Chemical Union (CTCU), Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU), and various union locals, as well as plans with family and friends. The telephone books are notebooks that Parent used to list contacts, when to call, affiliations, and what she needed to communicate to the person.
Also included are several files of Parent's notes kept for various purposes, including speeches and writings, on a wide range of topics, such as unions, women's activism, and human rights. There are five topical files of notes on her trip to China (including an album on Norman Bethune), the Hanahan hearing, federal police surveillance, and a history lecture for the Université de Montréal (L' UdeM). There are also materials related to the L’UdeM lecture in sub-series A4 (Research, writings, and interviews).

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Artistic Woodwork Company Limited

This sub-series documents the strike of about 150 workers at the Artistic Woodwork Company Limited, a plant in Toronto, Ontario that manufactured frames. The strike occurred in 1973 after negotiations broke down between the company and Local 570 of the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union (CTCU). The strike lasted about thirteen weeks. Workers faced police brutality and mass arrests, which led to several convictions, fines, and jail time. A total of four files document the arbitration, the strike, and police response. Articles, press releases, and photographs detail the strike and police response.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Canadian Textile and Chemical Union

This sub-series documents the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union (CTCU), which grew out of the Canadian Textile Council (CTC) founded by Madeleine Parent and Kent Rowley in 1952. The CTCU represented manufacturing and service workers and became affiliated with the Canadian Association of Industrial, Mechanical and Allied Workers (CAIMAW). In 1992 the CTCU merged with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) to become Local 40. However, there are no documents related to the merger in this sub-series. The CTCU was also a member of the national trade union center, founded by Parent and Rowley, the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU).
The sub-series consists of the CTCU's annual conventions, constitution and by-laws, and files relating to specific union disputes and agreements. There are related materials on the CTCU's union activities in the Artistic Woodwork Company Limited sub-series (C9) and the Puretex Knitting Limited sub-series (C10).

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Canadian Textile Council

This sub-series documents the Canadian Textile Council (CTC) / Conseil canadien du textile (CCT). Madeleine Parent and Robert Kent Rowley founded the CTC in 1952 to represent Canadian unions within the United Textile Workers of America (UTWA). After the 1952 Dominion Textile Company Limited strike and Parent and Rowley's dismissal from the UTWA, the CTC became a Canadian independent national trade union, later to become the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union (CTCU). Parent served as Secretary-Treasurer and Rowley as President. The CTC had offices in Valleyfield and Montreal in Quebec, and Welland and Brantford in Ontario.
Several materials detail the CTC's split from the UTWA. Records consist of correspondence, reports, press releases, financial statements, notes, legal documents, and collective agreements. Included are files regarding the CTC's national conventions, executive board meetings, and issues of the CTC's Bulletin from 1952 to 1974. Several files also contain information on specific Locals and include materials regarding labour organizing, disputes, and agreements.
There is overlap between this sub-series and the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union sub-series (C2). There are related materials on the CTC's union activities in the Dominion Textile Company Limited sub-series (C4), Woods Manufacturing Company, Limited sub-series (C5), Texpack Limited sub-series (C6), Harding Carpets Limited sub-series (C7), and Wabasso Cotton Company Limited sub-series (C8). There is also an overlap between this sub-series and the UTWA series (series B).

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Confederation of Canadian Unions

This sub-series documents the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU) / Confédération des syndicats canadiens (CSC), a federation of independent Canadian labour unions founded in 1969 by Madeleine Parent and Kent Rowley. An aim of the federation was to subvert the influence of American-based international unions on Canadian labour movements.
Included are various records related to the CCU's conventions, national executive board meetings, and the CCU's policies and constitution. There are also several files on Canadian union members, including the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union, the United Oil Workers of Canada, the Sudbury, Mine, Mill and Smelters Workers Union, and the Canadian Association of Industrial Mechanical and Allied Workers, among others. Moreover, the sub-series contains issues of Canadian Union News, Confederation of Canadian Unions Bulletin, C.T.C.C. Le Travail, and the CAIMAW review.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Dominion Textile Company Limited

This sub-series relates to the Canadian Textile Council's (CTC) activities while serving as the union for Dominion Textile Company Limited workers and its affiliate Montreal Cottons Limited. Some of the materials document the conflict between the American-based United Textile Workers of America (UTWA) and the Canadian led CTC after workers elected to leave the UTWA for the CTC.
Materials consist of collective agreements, including those with other unions pre and post the CTC. There are files on the 1952 strike at Quebec plants and files on a 1960s dispute at the Ste Anne Mill in Quebec. Moreover, there are a few files on the process and challenge the CTC faced in applying for certification to represent Dominion Textile Company Limited workers. Note that there are related materials to Dominion Textile in the United Textile Workers of America series (B) until the founding of the CTC in 1952.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Education and awards

This sub-series documents Madeleine Parent's academic achievement, honorary doctorates, and recognitions. Materials include primary and secondary school certificates and report cards, and awards. There are also files with documentation on honorary doctorates Parent received from various Canadian universities. Awarding universities include Windsor University, Athabasca University, Carleton University, and Trent University. Moreover, there is a file on her nomination to the Canadian Labour Hall of Fame. It is important to note that only a photocopy exists for some certificates and awards.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Family papers

This sub-series includes various materials documenting Madeleine Parent's family and friends. Several documents relate to Parent's father, John B. Parent, such as his American citizenship, Michigan record of birth, and registration for American military service. Also included are documents related to the Hogue and Forest family. There are signed funeral guestbooks for Parent's mother, Rita Marie-Anne Hogue, and Parent's second husband, Robert Kent Rowley, and a file of sympathy letters and tributes for Rowley. There are also related materials to Rowley's death in the last series of this fonds, the Robert Kent Rowley papers (MG 4269 H).
Also documented are Parent's marriages, including her divorce from her first husband, Val Bjarnason, and marriage to her second husband, Rowley. Moreover, there is correspondence from Parent to Rowley, mostly from her trip to China in 1960. The sub-series also contains various membership cards and passports that belonged to Parent. There are photographs of Rowley's funeral, John B. Parent, portraits of Madeleine Parent, Parent's mother's family portrait (1899), and unidentified friends and family. Finally, this sub-series also contains a file of correspondence and four audio recordings related to Parent's retirement in 1983.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Harding Carpets Limited

This sub-series relates to the Canadian Textile Council's (CTC) activities as the union for workers at Harding Carpets Limited, a carpet manufacturer based in Ontario. Materials include documentation on the CTC's application for certification as the bargaining agent for Harding employees, collective agreements, negotiations, and arbitration. Moreover, there are materials regarding the 1956 strike of Harding workers at the Brantford, Ontario plant, located on 85 Morrell Street. The strike lasted approximately three months when police cleared the picket line. Members from other unions also supported the strike.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

Personal correspondence

This sub-series consists of personal correspondence as well as greeting and holiday cards which mostly document Parent's relationships with friends and colleagues from her work with unions and activism. Also included is a file of correspondence, including inventories, on Parent and Kent Rowley's papers held by the Public Archives of Canada, now known as Library and Archives Canada.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

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