In 1914, all union journeymen plumbers in the city of Olean went on strike upon their demands for $4 a day having been refused by the Master Plumbers' Association. Most of the masters were practical workmen and the plumbing shops were being kept open in spite of the strike. As yet, no attempt had been made to fill the places of the strikers. There were but 22 men affected by the strike. The union treasury was said to be well filled and a long fight seemed to be in prospect. The men had been receiving $3.50 for an eight-hour day.