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Ann Filardo Papers

Identifier: LP001360

Scope and Content

Subjects: AFT Black Caucus, New Action Coalition, Vietnam, Central America, United Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, Education Reform – Peer Review, Redesign of Public Schools, National Rank and File Conference, New York City Fiscal Crisis 1975, Paraprofessionals, Community Control, Public Employee Federation of New York State, American Federation of Teachers – Secret Ballot.

Names: Albert Shanker, David Selden, George Altomare, Jules Kolodny, Mike Shulman, Ronald Reagan, William Simons.

Series Description: Series I: Teachers Action Committee of the United Federation of Teachers Teachers Action Committee materials from 1969-mid 1970s deal mostly with community control, Vietnam, paraprofessionals, Crisis in New York City in 1975. By 1980s TAC is running candidates in opposition to the Unity Caucus a bit more successfully so that by 1985-1986 a TAC members is elected as vice president of the UFT. New Action Coalition formed between TAC, New Directions and other independents.

The Teachers for Community Control was created during the 1968 strike when members of the UFT and non-members supported the parents right for community control in Ocean Hill– Brownsville. The TCC eventually became TAC.

Series 2: United Action Caucus United Action Caucus is the rank and file caucus that runs opposition against the progressive caucus of the American Federation of Teachers. The series contains their activates at AFT convention as well as their own meetings and financial issues. Of note is the constant pressure on the leaders of the AFT to bring back the secret ballot, and foreign policy of the AFT in Vietnam and Central America. By the mid-1980s the education reform movement was peaking with the ideas of merit pay, peer review, newcare er ladder methods and standards. The UAC questioned all of these reforms. Two events of interest are in 1983 Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the AFT convention in which UAC protested and when AFT moved from an annual convention to a biannual in the mid-1980s and promoted the QuEST conference on the off convention years. The UAC saw this as a way to undercut UAC from organizing new members and also to push through education reform ideas that they opposed. Within the files are flyers, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings and minutes, leaders in UAC lists as well as budget information.


  • 1969 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1989


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Ann Filardo was chairperson of the Teachers Action Caucus and an executive board member. Teachers Action Caucus was a rank and file caucus in the United Federation of Teachers. Filardo was also the founder of the United Action Caucus, a national rank and file group in the American Federation of Teachers. She was membership secretary and vice-chairperson.


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Ann Filardo was chairperson and executive board member of the Teachers Action Caucus, a rank and file caucus within the United Federation of Teachers, and founder of the United Action Caucus, a national rank and file group within the American Federation of Teachers. Her papers reflect her involvement with both groups.


Arranged in w series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), and Series 2 (Boxes 3-4). Folders are arranged chronologically.


Ann Filardo collection came to the Reuther Library from Filardo 1987-1993.

Related Materials

AFT Office of the President: Albert Shanker; AFT Office of the President: 1960-1974; AFT Oral History Collection

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Dan Golodner.
Guide to the Ann Filardo Papers
Processed by Dan Golodner.
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Repository Details

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