Correspondence, negotiations for contracts, copies of contracts, organizing documents, strike leaflets, and other union documents,
together with transcripts of oral history interviews of Metro and her daughter, Phyllis Foley, also a union official; ephemera;
and some personal correspondence. Includes material relating to the hotel strikes of 1937 and 1941-1942. Correspondents include
Hugo Ernst, labor official who represented culinary workers.
Bertha Metro was born in England. Her father, a socialist, imbued her with some of his ideals and principles. While still
a young girl, the family emmigrated to Canada where her father was killed in a tragic mining accident. In her early teens
she went to work to help support the family, eventually obtaining employment at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia,
(1.25 Linear feet)
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