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Media clippings and transcriptions related to the employee strike of 1974
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- Kodak Canada Inc.
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Canadian Kodak Ltd., which became Kodak Canada Inc. in 1979, manufactured photographic films, papers and equipment for over a century in Toronto, Ontario. The company formed the Canadian branch of the successful Eastman Kodak Company, and officially opened its doors in 1900 at 41 Colborne Street under the direction of John G. Palmer. The company expanded and moved to 588 King Street West in 1908, but already plans were underway for an expansive complex to the north of the city. In 1912, Canadian Kodak purchased 25 acres of farmland near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue to build a major manufacturing facility known as Kodak Heights. By 1925, there were over 900 employees working in seven buildings at Kodak Heights. Over the years, the company earned a reputation for having a cooperative and supportive relationship with its employees, adopting many of the successful practices in place at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. In 1940, an Employee's Building was constructed to accommodate the activities of the flourishing Recreation Club, the Department Mangers' Club, and the Kodak Heights Camera Club. During the 1990s, the rise of digital media began to have a serious impact on manufacturing programs at Kodak facilities around the world, causing the Eastman Kodak Company to reduce its production of traditional print photography by one third globally. The company chose to focus on digital products, which did not require the extensive facilities used in the production of traditional photographic materials. On December 9, 2004, Kodak Canada Ltd. informed its employees that manufacturing operations in traditional film products would cease entirely at Kodak Heights. The company's facility faced the same fate as many of its foreign counterparts in England, Australia and France, being completely abandoned and demolished shortly after closure in 2005. Kodak Canada still maintains a sales and support office in downtown Toronto, while the manufacture of traditional photographic chemistry has returned to Rochester.
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He graduated from Upper Canada College in 1944 and then attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto. After graduating, he worked as a reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail before joining Kodak as editor of the employee magazine. He was later promoted to Assistant Advertising Manager and was responsible for TV advertising with the Ed Sullivan Show. After being involved with the Kodak exhibit at Expo '67, he moved into Industrial Relations where he remained until his retirement, acting as Kodak Canada's media spokesperson at the time of the 1974 employee strike.
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File includes compiled newspaper clippings and transcriptions of radio and television broadcasts related to the Kodak employee strike of 1974. The strike was the first in Kodak Canada's history and was instigated by members of the International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU), which had organized at Kodak Canada thirty years earlier. The strike lasted 7 weeks and affected over 1000 employees. The clippings, divided into weeks of the strike, were likely compiled by A. A. Bolté, Kodak Canada's media spokesperson at the time.
Fragile. Clippings were attached to loose leaf paper using scotch tape that has discoloured and lost its adhesiveness.
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