New Westminister teacher salaries were determined by arbitration in 1921, but the school board refused to accept the award and instead chose to draft a list of each teacher's name with a salary beside it. The teachers struck. Out of 86 teachers, only two broke ranks and showed up for work. There was intense public pressure for a settlement, including demands from the Board of Trade for the school board to come to its senses. In the election that followed the school board was replaced and the arbitration award was partially paid.
The New Westminster Strike of 1921 article by Steve Norman from the The B.C. Teacher, January-February 1984 provides more information.