The Bill Bennett Social Credit government introduced draconian budget cuts. CIEA joined with the BCTF, Association of University & College Employees, CUPE, Vancouver Municipal & Regional Employees Union, & CFS (Pacific Region) to form the Defend Education Services Coalition and committed $6/FTE to fund the campaign ($2.50 from CIEA funds & 3.50 from locals). The Coalition distributed 300,000 leaflets around BC, scheduled May 29 rallies on Education Day, and followed up with extensive lobbying at all levels. The coalition lasted for several years, and morphed into the Coalition for Public Education in the mid-90s.


1983 AGM Resolution on restraint program


News coverage and ads:

The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · 30 Apr 1982, Fri · Page 9
The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · 25 Oct 1984, Thu · Page 15
Full page Defence Coalition ad