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by David Kendall
In 1921, 220 workers representing 80 trade unions from Quebec founded in Hull the "Confédération des travailleurs catholiques du Canada" (CTCC), presided by Pierre Beaulé, a textile worker. In 1960, the CTCC was succeeded by the nondenominational "Confédération des syndicats nationaux" (CSN). The CSN is deeply involved in the political debates in Quebec and decided to officially support the claim for sovereignty of Quebec in 1990.
The Journal de Chambly, 26 June 2007, shows a photography of the flag of the CSN hoisted over the Unibroue factory in Chambly. The flag is white with the logotype of the CSN in the middle.
The CSN website gives a detailed account of the history and meaning of the logotype. It was adopted in 1974 during the 46th congress of the CSN. It is described as a link made of three framework metal links, symbolizing the strength of the links uniting the workers. The three elements represent the unions, the federations and the central councils, whose unity constitutes the strngth of the link. They also represent the three principles of the CSN, autonomy, democracy and solidarity. The logotype was originally made in black and white for technical reasons and was kept so until now.
Ivan Sache, 1 July 2007