BC Labour Heritage Centre Bulletin – March 2017
The Surrey Teachers’ Strike of 1974
On February 15, 1974, over 1000 Surrey teachers left their classrooms and schools, traveling by ferry to the Legislature in Victoria to protest the lack of action by the Provincial Government to reduce the large class sizes in Surrey, and in the rest of the province. 42 years later, the BC Labour Heritage Centre and the Surrey Teachers’ Association produced this 8-minute video that documents the strike and the profound results.
As part of our Plaques Around the Province Project, we unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 1974 Surrey Teachers’ Strike. It is the second in a series of plaques to document the long road to collective bargaining rights for BC teachers.
In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), we will be exploring women’s labour history in downtown Vancouver. Women have always been a part of Vancouver’s working landscape, and this special event hopes to educate participants on some of the lesser-known aspects of this community, including the role of First Nations, Black and Chinese women as labourers, workers and business owners during the post-War periods. Participation is limited to 16, so hurry!
If this event is sold-out, please email us and we will put you on a waiting list for a future date.