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Dearborn Federation of Teachers Local 681 Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001794
The collection consists of materials related to the organization and activities of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers. The bulk of the collection is comprised of DFT subject files. The files cover topics such as the 1967 strike, the decline in enrollment that lead to surplus teacher layoffs, implementation of peer-review, the increase in the Arabic speaking population, and the schools’ efforts to increase bilingual education. The Organization Files series includes board and general meetings, contracts, elections, bargaining and negotiations, and some national conventions. The Fordson High series consists of materials from the high school, collected by John Fowler, reflecting his role in the school, DFT and in the Social Studies department, and includes the activities of students and other teachers.

Important Subjects: Classroom Teachers Negotiations Committee (CTNC) Collective bargaining--Teachers--Michigan. Dearborn Federation of Teachers Dearborn School Administrators Association (DSAA) Dearborn School Employees Independent Union (DSEIU) Dearborn Schools Operating Engineers Association (DSOEA) Education, Bilingual. Education--Michigan Peer Review Public employee unions--Michigan Strikes and lockout--Teachers Teachers--Salaries, etc.-- --Michigan Teachers--Tenure--Michigan Teachers unions--Michigan

Important Names: Sally Barnett Agnes Dobronski Lanny Falvo John Fowler William Johnston Dennis J. O’Leary Albert Shanker Edmond M. Umstead Karl Yokie

Series Description: Series I: Office Files, 1939-1994 (Box 1-15) Series II: Subject Files, 1968-1995 (Box 15-35) Series III: Fordson High, 1956-1991 (Box 35-37) Series IV: AV Materials, 1960s-1980s (Box 38-39)

Dates

  • 1939 - 1995
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

37.75 Linear Feet (37 SB, 2 MB)

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 Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

The collection consists of materials related to the organization and activities of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers. The bulk of the collection is comprised of DFT subject files. The files cover topics such as the 1967 strike, the decline in enrollment that lead to surplus teacher layoffs, implementation of peer-review, the increase in the Arabic speaking population, and the schools’ efforts to increase bilingual education. The Organization Files series includes board and general meetings, contracts, elections, bargaining and negotiations, and some national conventions. The Fordson High series consists of materials from the high school, collected by John Fowler, reflecting his role in the school, DFT and in the Social Studies department, and includes the activities of students and other teachers.

History

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 Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-15), Series 2 (Boxes 15-35), Series 3 (Boxes 35-37), and Series 4 (Boxes 38-39). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. The Subject Files series is loosely arranged both alphabetically and by year. Other series are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

The records of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers were deposited at the Reuther Library in October 2002.

Related Materials

Michigan Federation of Teachers Records

Transfers

Photograph negatives, audiocassette tapes and B&W slides (Box 39) have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Jennifer Meekhof on March 19, 2012.
Title
Guide to the Dearborn Federation of Teachers Local 681 Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Jennifer Meekhof.
Date
2012-03-19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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