"How dare you ask a man to go out and risk his life and when he returns, calmly request to hand in his uniform and in exchange, hand him a pittance that will reduce a once self respecting citizen to a miserable pauper dependent on either charity or friends." -Helen Armstrong, Head of women's labour leauge
"In reality, this strike had nothing to do with revolution. It is an attempt to meet a very pressing and immediate need. The organized workers, like everyone else, are faced with the high cost of living but most people imagine it, if they can get higher wadges, they can buy more food." -J.S. Woodsworth, Federated Labour Party of British Columbia
Most loggers spent between five and nine months in the woods, where they worked 10-hour days felling trees and bringing wood to the mill site. In the evenings, the men often returned to dirty, drafty, and overcrowded bunkhouses, only to earn four cents per log. The money they earned in total would be deducted by the costs of their meals clothes and tools. This would usually mean leaving with less than half of what they earned.
Railways were put in the prairie climate and many of the employees were hurt around the mountains due to rock falls and the misuse of explosives. Sleeping there, the workers stayed in tents with unsanitary and overcrowded bunkhouses.
"I met a union leader on the street, he tells me, Fred we don't want to strike, we have to because they dont take any consideration of what we want. We dont like strike but are forced to do it because there is no other way to defend your rights." -Fred Gordianco, Ukranian blacksmith. (May 1st 1919, Blacksmiths walk off jobs)