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Owosso Education Association Records

Identifier: LR000272

Scope and Content

Most of the collection relates to the 1966-67 collective bargaining with the Owosso Board of Education, called professional negotiation by the MEA. Some of the teachers staff, especially the negotiating team, demonstrated a certain knowledgeability because of close family ties sympathetic with the union movement. The collection also reflects continued aspects of the almost filial relationship between teachers, administration, school board and community that existed through 1940 in spite of legislation designed to bring opponents to a bargaining table. The Owosso Education Association Collection covers the period from 1914 to 1968.

Folders are grouped by box: Box 1: Minutes and Clippings, 1914-1947 Box 2: Presidents File, 1953-1967 and P.N. Committee Files, 1966-1967 Box 3: Historical Material - Negotiation Files Box 4: Administrator Negotiator File - OEA Files, Clippings Box 5: Negotiators File, 1965-1966 Box 6: Owosso Education Association MEA Box 7-8: These papers of the Owosso Education Association (O.E.A.) consist primarily of correspondence, memoranda, news releases, and reports of the local O.E.A. and comparable materials from the Michigan Education Association (M.E.A.) and the National Education Association (N.E.A.) from files of the officers of the O.E.A. The papers cover the period from 1945 to 1970 but are predominantly from 1967 to 1969.


  • 1914 - 1968



Collection is open for research.


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.


The Owosso Education Association developed out of the Owosso Teachers Club. Minute books document the history of this social and beneficent organization to 1914. Its subsequent transformation into a bargaining agency can be seen in these records. To a great extent it was attributable to certain recent state legislation and to an awareness of some staff members of the economic advantages that it has been possible to achieve through collective bargaining.

The first of the stimulating legislation was the state teacher tenure law, passed under Frank Murphy in 1936 and amended in 1965. The 1965 amendments extended the tenure law to Owosso by changing its local option provision to state mandatory legislation. At that time the law was weakened somewhat but it still continued to provide substantial job security to teachers employed for over three years.

The other legislation passed in 1965 were Public Acts 282 and especially 379. These bills mandated school boards to bargain with an agent selected by teachers for that purpose and brought teacher-school board relations under the Labor Mediation Board.


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Language of Materials



Correspondence, reports, contract negotiations and agreements, minutes, newspapers, newsletters, and published material collected by the Owosso (Michigan) Education Association which evolved from the Owosso Teachers Club. Subjects include contract negotiations and relationship of the Owosso Education Association with the Michigan Education Association.


The collection is arranged into 1 series. Folders in each box are simply listed by their location within. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The papers of the Owosso Education Association were deposited with the Labor History Archives in December, 1967 by the OEA Board of Directors. Additional papers were placed in the collection in October 1969 and April 1972 and opened for research in August 1987.


A few scattered files of National Education Association journal titles received with this collection have been deposited in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by D.H. on February 2, 1968.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA