In 1983, Operation Solidarity and the Solidarity Coalition came together in response to a series of proposed bills by the Social Credit government to stage the largest protest in the province’s history.

Summary of Lesson Activities:

1.  Focus questions for the vignette provide a short lesson option. (15 minutes)
2.  A more detailed lesson reviewing the video and provided reading material allows for a greater understanding of the events of the Solidarity movement in 1983. This work can be completed individually or in small groups.
3.  The activity “Resolve the problem without a union” provides the opportunity to understand the reasoning behind collective bargaining rights. This is a small group activity.4.  An extension reading for further understanding the role of workers’ rights is found in Appendix 3 Unionizing at Starbucks with sample questions to prompt student discussion.

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See also: Common Cause: The Story of the Operation Solidarity Coalition

Virtual Exhibit: Solidarity: The Largest Political Protest in BC’s History