In July 1983, the provincial government tabled 26 pieces of legislation that together constituted the most significant assault on human, social, and workers’ rights and the social-safety net that had been seen in Canada to that point. The Solidarity Coalition and Operation Solidarity were formed and the BCTF was a key participant. In November 1983, teachers walked off the job for three days and participated with other unions in a major protest against the government’s actions. Following the conclusion of the Solidarity Strike, teachers in every local of the province negotiated seniority/severance agreements with their school boards.
The Solidarity Strike of 1983 article by Ken Novakowski from the Teacher Newsmagazine, Vol. 12, No.4, Jan./Feb. 2000 provides more details.
Burnaby teachers prepare for the strike.
L to R: Karen Danderfer, Bernice Wood, Jane Turner, Linda Shuto, Darcy Bader, Richard Hoover
A Declaration of the Rights of the People of British Columbia appeared in the October 1983 BCTF Newsletter.
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The September through December 1983 BCTF Newsletters featured several articles about the campaign.
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See also the Solidarity Movement Articles and Videos collection.