Multiple Choice Questions | Discussion Questions

1. What was the first major issue that the labour movement addressed in Canada?

A) Women in the work place
B) Health and safety conditions
C) Shorter working days
D) Wages
E) Child labour

2. What was the main attraction of workers to the Knights of Labour?

A) It represented all workers regardless of sex, occupation, race and class
B) It was a radical union that demanded change through violent confrontations
C) There were no other unions for workers to join
D) It promised increased wages, shorter working hours, improved working conditions, vacation and equal rights for women
E) None of the above

3. What type of working conditions did women confront at the turn-of-the-century?

A) Low wages, poor health and safety, arbitrary discipline of their foremen and little prospect of promotion
B) Similar conditions to their male co-workers
C) Shorter working days with mainly part time employment
D) They confronted horrible conditions which were in violation of the current Occupational Health & Safety laws
E) Women were not permitted to work at the turn-of-the-century

4. The 1935 Stelco strike:

A) Was successful, the workers obtained higher wages and recognition of their union
B) Created a broadened union that included all workers regardless of skills or nationality
C) Accomplished nothing at all
D) Initially began because the workers wanted shorter working hours, improved working conditions, to include women and children in the union and wages equal to their competitors
E) Both A and B.

5. How did World War II improve the strength and bargaining power of unions?

A) There was a scarcity of workers which gave the workers increased bargaining leverage
B) There were war time regulations put into place that granted unions legal recognition
C) There was an abundance of workers available giving employers the opportunity to only chose the best workers and therefore wanting to keep them
D) Both B and C
E) It did not improve the strength and bargaining power of unions