American Federation of Teachers
Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Contains Series VIII-XIII. Series VIII State publications, 1950s-1963 Series IX, miscellaneous materials 1935-1964 Series X communications to locals, 1934-1963 Series XI memos and mimeographed materials, 1921-1964 Series XII Locals, 1914-1960s Series XIII AFT conventions, 1916-1967
Dates: 1914 - 1967
Abstract Teachers of East Detroit, Michigan, were first organized into the American Federation of Teachers in 1942, as members of the Macomb County Federation of Teachers, Local 698. The papers of the EDFT, beginning in 1953, include correspondence, minutes, constitutions, school board policy papers, and material on collective bargaining, co-ops, financial statements, conferences, grievances, merit rating, millage campaigns, strikes, mediation, insurance, retirement, and other matters of interest to...
Dates: 1953 - 1964
Abstract Files consist of correspondence, memos, reports, lists and other related materials to the unions operations. The collection contains information on contract negotiations and the Seton High School strike in 1968.
Dates: 1962 - 1977; Majority of material found within 1967 - 1975
Abstract Minutes, correspondence, reports, publications covering the president's office of Carl Megel and predominantly Charlie Cogen and David Selden. Important subjects are teacher strikes, contract negotiations, school desegregation, Oceanhill-Brownsville, education legislation, job stress, teacher centers.
The records are divided into two parts.
The records are divided into two parts.
Dates: 1960 - 1974; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974
Abstract The Organizing Department facilitates the growth of local affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers. Under the tenures of David Selden and Albert Shanker, both of whom had extensive organizing experience prior to their respective presidencies, organizing efforts ramped up significantly in the 1960s and 1970s. The AFT was the fastest growing union in the mid-1970s when organizing became a distinct department. The department provides services and resources to state and local affiliates...
Dates: 1961 - 2004
Abstract Papers covering the activities of various secretary-treasurers of the AFT. The secretary-treasurer oversees departments within the national office, collects per capita dues, responds to affiliates’ needs such as strike and collective bargaining assistance, and is closely involved with the AFT Executive Council and the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurers. Part I topics of note include organizing, segregated locals, worker education, international teacher unions, federal aid to education, and academic...
Dates: 1916 - 2005
Abstract The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), was founded in 1916 to improve the working lives of teachers through-out the country and has grown to be one of the largest unions in the United States that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The southern regional office is one of five satellite offices of the AFT. The southern region represents teachers from elementary school through higher education, paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel who are members of the AFT in the states of Alabama,...
Dates: 1968 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1975 - 1985
Abstract Between 1985 and 1987, as part of an American Federation of Teachers-sponsored project, oral historian Renee Epstein interviewed leading figures in AFT on signficant aspects of their history with the union. From 2001 to 2009, AFT Archivist Dan Golodner concluded the project. Collection consists of transcripts and recordings of 29 interviews. Topics discussed in Part 1 include the rise of the militant teacher, early collective bargaining and strikes, AFT political structure, Shanker vs. Selden...
Dates: 1985-06-29 - 2009-10-26
Abstract The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 and immediately made the American Teacher, published by the New York City Teachers Union, as its official organ. Since then the AFT has published numerous publications that range from organizing tools to professional development materials for its members. It has also published materials dealing with the labor movement, tenure, civil and human rights as well as teaching tools. Official publications of the AFT also spoke directly to the...
Dates: 1865 - 2013; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1990
Abstract The Research Department of the American Federation of Teachers is one of the oldest departments of within the AFT and this particular collection contains collective bargaining contracts negotiated by AFT affiliates and from the NEA, AAUP and other unions that represent teachers in K-16, paraprofessionals, nurses and public employees.
Dates: 1956 - 2014
Abstract The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Collection contains information about this unique local of the American Federation of Teachers. The local reformed in 1964 as the Cincinnati Teachers Union and changed its name to the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (CFT) in 1971 and immediately began petitioning for a collective bargaining election. By 1976 the CFT won the election and remained the bargaining union for teachers of Cincinnati. In 1979 Tom Mooney became president and took the union on a...
Dates: 1963 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1989
Abstract The Cook County College Teachers Union, AFT Local 1600, began to organize the faculty of the City Colleges of Chicago in 1965 and won official recognition in 1966. This collection represents a comprehensive record of the CCCTU’s administrative operations, its meetings, strikes, and publications. Also included in the collection are news clippings, photos, videos, and various memorabilia from the CCCTU’s history. Personal and official correspondence from the CCCTU’s longtime president, Norman G....
Dates: 1966 - 2009
Abstract Part of the national American Federation of Teachers and statewide Michigan Federation of Teachers, the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, was chartered on February 28, 1945. Twenty years later, in1965, Michigan passed the Public Employee Relations Act; a law making organization and collective bargaining legal for public employees. Members of the union serve at four high schools, seven middle schools, 21 elementary schools, a community college and one early learning center within the city of...
Dates: 1939 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989
Abstract Helen Marie Newman Bowers was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on May 16, 1908. After graduating from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, she began teaching art in Detroit, Michigan in 1933 and quickly got involved with the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT), Local 231. She left the teaching profession in 1958 to become the executive secretary of the DFT. Together with DFT President Mary Ellen Riordan, Detroit teachers won collective bargaining in 1964. Helen Bowers won duty-free...
Dates: 1934 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1947 - 1970
Abstract Jewell Mills was active in organizing the Utica Federation of Teachers and was a vice president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers. This collection contains issues surrounding teacher bargaining in the mid-1960s.
Dates: 1962 - 1968
Abstract Lamphere Federation of Teachers, Local 1614 was chartered by the American Federation of Teachers on July 27, 1965. The local slowly grew to be the sole collective bargaining union for the district’s teachers. In 1973 the union went on strike against the district. Later that year the school board filed a lawsuit against the union seeking damages for refusing to bargain in good faith. By 1977 the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a union could not be sued for damages.
Dates: 1973 - 1998; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1985
Abstract The Alaska Federation of Teachers Local 1175, originally named the Alaska State Employees Association, formed in 1959 before state employees were allowed to bargain collectively. In 1972 Alaska passed a public employee relation act giving the ASEA the power to bargain for its members. In 1988 the association joined the AFT. The records contain information on the 1978 strike; the decertification and joining of the AFT campaign, membership information, executive board minutes, and legal issues...
Dates: 1956 - 1992
Abstract Part I and II consists of correspondence, minutes, and reports. Subjects include Administrative Board meetings; American Federation of Teachers; conventions; Detroit Federation of Teachers; Executive Council meetings; Haven Hill conferences; legislative lobbying activities; membership campaigns; metropolitan teachers' institutes; Michigan AFL-CIO Council; Michigan Constitutional Convention (1961); teachers' salary and fringe benefits surveys; treasurer reports; White House Conference on...
Dates: 1934 - 1963; Majority of material found within 1955 - 1975
Abstract The Oregon Federation of Teachers Collection includes both the papers of the OFT and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP). The OFT was chartered in June 1952 and during that decade was successful in securing teacher tenure laws. During the 1960s and 1970s the OFT grew in size by organizing more workers in K-12, community college and higher education in faculty, nurses and classified positions. In the 1990s the OFT changed its’ name by convention to the Oregon...
Dates: 1974 - 2004
Abstract Ray Howe was born 30 July 1921. After serving in the Korean conflict, Howe married and began teaching at Lowrey Junior High School in Dearborn Michigan and from 1955-1959 he taught at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn. In 1959 Howe was elected president of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Local 681, American Federation of Teachers and served till 1961. Howe began working for the Dearborn Public Schools in the late 1960s in various positions, from principal to deputy superintendent. He took...
Dates: 1959 - 1992; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974
Abstract Dr. Robert M. Nielsen was born in Nebraska in 1933. Dr. Nielsen became a professor of mathematics at the University of Delaware. In the late 1960s he was the co-founder of the AFT local for faculty at the university and was president from 1969-1973. In 1973 Nielsen became director of the AFT’s colleges and universities department in which he took both aspects of academic professionalism and union professionalism into creating a strong and viable department within the AFT. Dr. Nielsen was...
Dates: 1967 - 1993; Majority of material found within 1976 - 1983
Abstract The law firm Sachs Waldman, Professional Corporation started in October 13, 1922 by Nicholas J. Rothe, considered by many as the first union labor lawyer in Michigan grew to represent the best interest of unions and workers. In 1951 Theodore Sachs joined the firm and was considered one of the best appellate attorneys in the country, under his leadership the firm grew in clientele and personnel. In 1965, the law firm began to specialize in public sector labor and began to represent those unions...
Abstract The Utica Federation of Teachers Local 1448 records consist of materials that describe beginning stages of this local in Southeast Michigan in the early 1960s and trying to gain a presence in the Utica school district to challenge the Utica Education Association to represent teachers.
Dates: 1962 - 1978; Majority of material found within 1964 - 1968
Abstract The Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals (WFNHP) is part of the healthcare division of the American Federation of Teachers. The WFNHP began as the Staff Nurses Council of Milwaukee (SNC), which won the right to represent nurses in 1965. Originally, the SNC was affiliated with the American Nurses Association (ANA), but due in part to the ANA’s reluctance to participate in collective bargaining, the SNC disaffiliated in 1977. In 1979, the SNC began expanding to include...
Dates: 1964 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1964 - 1995