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1971 Walkout for Pensions

On March 19, 1971, BC teachers launched a campaign to improve the pensions of retirees by participating in their first provincial withdrawal of service.  A year later, prompted in part by the government’s failure to deal with pension improvements, BC teachers participated actively in the provincial election. The result was that the NDP government defeated the Socreds and introduced changes to improve teacher pensions. 

Read Ken Novakowski’s Teacher pensions improved with age for an in-depth account. 
April 1971 Newsletter cover
The April 1971 BCTF Newsletter featured several articles about the campaign.