Teachers union activists gather around a new plaque, given to honour Terrace teachers for the 1981 strike…… In photo are Kitimat District Teachers Union president Kim Meyer, Terrace District Teachers Union president Mike Wen, and 1981 Terrace union president Wayne Wyatt (???). Beside Wyatt is Ken Novakowski, who presented the plaque on behalf of Labour Heritage Centre, and BCTF’s second vice president Clint Johnston and the 1981 B.C. union president Al Blakey.                                Teachers’ union leaders gather around a plaque that was given Oct. 5 at the Northern Motor Inn Restaurant in a ceremony with close to 25 current and retired teachers. The plaque honours Terrace teachers for a 1981 teachers strike, which occurred before it was legal, and opposed the transfer and demotion of two school principals at the time. In the photo are Coast Mountains Teacher’s federation co-presidents Kim Meyer and Mike Wen, 1981 Terrace union president Wayne Wyatt who led the strike, and Ken Novakowski who presented the plaque on behalf of Labour Heritage Centre. Beside him is Clint Johnston, second vice-president of the B.C. Teachers Federation, and Al Blakey, who was the BCTF union president in 1981.

Teachers union activists gather around a new plaque, given to honour Terrace teachers for the 1981 strike…… In photo are Kitimat District Teachers Union president Kim Meyer, Terrace District Teachers Union president Mike Wen, and 1981 Terrace union president Wayne Wyatt (???). Beside Wyatt is Ken Novakowski, who presented the plaque on behalf of Labour Heritage Centre, and BCTF’s second vice president Clint Johnston and the 1981 B.C. union president Al Blakey. Teachers’ union leaders gather around a plaque that was given Oct. 5 at the Northern Motor Inn Restaurant in a ceremony with close to 25 current and retired teachers. The plaque honours Terrace teachers for a 1981 teachers strike, which occurred before it was legal, and opposed the transfer and demotion of two school principals at the time. In the photo are Coast Mountains Teacher’s federation co-presidents Kim Meyer and Mike Wen, 1981 Terrace union president Wayne Wyatt who led the strike, and Ken Novakowski who presented the plaque on behalf of Labour Heritage Centre. Beside him is Clint Johnston, second vice-president of the B.C. Teachers Federation, and Al Blakey, who was the BCTF union president in 1981.

In recognition of defiance

Terrace teachers who organized then-illegal 1981 strike honoured by BC Labour Heritage Centre

By Jackie Lieuwen

Terrace teachers who organized then-illegal 1981 strike honoured by BC Labour Heritage Centre