In 1907, hundreds of female telephone operators walked out in response to Bell Telephone’s plan to cut their wages and increase work hours, a precursor to today’s precarious employment struggles. At the time Bell’s central exchange was at 37 Temperance St. near Bay St., but no longer exists. “William Lyon Mackenzie King, the future Prime Minister, was assigned to investigate the circumstances leading to the walkout and due to the women’s insistence and organization they did get improvements to their working conditions and eventually a union,” says Kidd.

Shawn Micallef

PlacesBell telephone operators strike (37 Temperance St. at Bay St., but no longer exists)