While the labour movement won some important victories near the turn of the century, the struggle was an uphill one. Employers hated granting concessions that would cut into their profits. Furthermore, many of them were convinced that they were taking more risks and working longer hours than their employees, and they resented the ever-increasing demands of the workers and their unions. Unfortunately for the craft unions, these business leaders often found sympathetic allies within the federal and provincial governments.

"Undoubtedly, labor is entitled to much consideration, but surely capital should be entitled to much consideration also .... [L]aws are constantly being enacted exclusively for the so-called protection of the laboring classes--laws that do not always protect, but which, frequently, operate to the detrimentof employers of labor."

Canadian Manufacturer and Industrial World, June 3,1898.

Reading of House of Commons speech by 
Mr. George Taylor, February 6, 1907. Listen to one member of the House of Commons supporting the employers.

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