Events in Manitoba History: Brandon Ultimatum (1 May 1922)

On 1 May 1922, 87 teachers and the Superintendent of the Brandon School District had their employment contracts terminated when they refused to accept the District's demand for a 25 percent reduction in their salaries, described as a “necessary economy measure.” In the aftermath, new teachers were hired but the event galvanized support for teacher organization throughout Canada and served as a catalyst for collective bargaining.

The teachers who gave up employment in the cause of fair treatment by their employer were as follows:

Brandon Collegiate Institute

Central School

David Livingstone School

Fleming School

King George School

McLaren School

McTavish School

Park School

See also:

Brandon 1922: Crisis, Ultimatum, Solidarity and Courage, Brandon Teachers' Association.

Manitoba Organization: Brandon School Division No. 40

Manitoba Organization: Manitoba Teachers’ Federation / Manitoba Teachers’ Society


“Brandon teachers refuse to accept reduction in wages,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 March 1922, page 13.

“Teachers at Brandon refuse Board's terms,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 March 1922, page 11.

“Brandon teachers and Board fail to settle,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 April 1922, page 7.

We thank Sheri Bailey (Brandon Teachers' Association) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2022