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AFT Educational Issues Department Records

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Identifier: LR002618
Abstract The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing primary and secondary school teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and professional staff, and nurses and other health care professionals. The AFT Educational Issues Department, originally the Task Force on Educational Issues, is the research and development arm of the union. The department tracks education policies from local, state and national bodies, conducts research and analysis on those policies, produces...

AFT Great Lakes Regional Office Records

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Identifier: LR001796
Abstract The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing primary and secondary school teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty, professional staff, and nurses and other health care professionals. Regional offices fall under the auspices of the Department of Organizing and are responsible for organizing efforts and other assistance to local and state federations. The Great Lakes Region includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Indiana. The...

AFT: Human Rights and Community Relations Records

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Identifier: LR000348
Abstract The Human Rights and Community Relations Department of the American Federation of Teachers was created by Vice President Richard Parrish October 2, 1966. Before the official department was created it was a standing committee and then a permanent committee with in the executive council. The department was created as an office in the AFT that would be responsible for collecting and distributing information about the government, education and community policies and programs dealing with civil...

AFT Inventory Part I Records

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Identifier: LR000348_1
Abstract Papers consist of correspondence, ballots, proceedings from meetings, clippings, local finances, per capita reports, charter applications. Subjects include integration, federal works programs, loyalty oaths, academic freedom, federal aid to education, communist issues.

AFT Office of the President Records

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Identifier: LR001553
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.

AFT Organizing Department Records

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Identifier: LR002654
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...

AFT President's Office: Bella Rosenberg Records

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Identifier: LR002605
Abstract Bella Rosenberg served as the assistant to the president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1984-2005, under Albert Shanker and Sandra Feldman. Albert Shanker was president of the AFT from 1974 to 1997. He was one of the first educators to embrace the findings of the report A Nation at Risk which outlined extensive problems in America’s public schools. Shanker and Rosenberg worked closely on various initiatives, many of them in response to the report. This included a peer review...

AFT Secretary-Treasurer's Office Records

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Identifier: LR000348_STO
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...

AFT Southern Regional Office Records

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Identifier: LR001863
Abstract The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), was founded in 1916 to improve the working lives of teachers through out the country by affiliating with the AFL-CIO. The Southern Regional Office is one of five satellite offices of the AFT located in Atlanta, Georgia. It represents teachers, paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel who are members of AFT in the states of: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and...

Albert Shanker Papers

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Identifier: LP001932
Abstract Albert Shanker is considered one of the most important labor leaders of the late 20th century, as the longest sitting president of the American Federation of Teachers. He was considered a leader in the development of public education, civil rights, and trade unionism. His papers reflect mainly his college years and early career as a teacher in New York City.

American Federation of Teachers: Northeast Regional Office Records

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Identifier: LR002219
Abstract These records represent roughly a decade’s worth of general business including correspondence with state offices, meeting minutes, conference materials, policy documents and other items relevant to educational issues and topics for locals under the Northeast Regional Office. There is also valuable information on Education Alternatives Inc in Hartford, Connecticut and in Baltimore, Maryland.

American Federation of Teachers Publications

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Identifier: LR002613
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...

Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Local 1560 Records

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Identifier: LR001596
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...

David Elsila Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: LP002444
Abstract David Elsila is an activist, educator, writer, editor, and historian best known for his work involving the labor movement. He notably served as the longtime editor for the UAW's magazine Solidarity, managing the publication from 1977 to 1998. Before then, he was editor for the American Federation of Teacher's publications American Teacher and Changing Education. Elsila's work with the AFT is the subject of the...

Dearborn Federation of Teachers Local 681 Records

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Identifier: LR001794
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...

Gabriel R. Mason Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: Li-Ma, Box 10, Folder: 11
Identifier: LP000414
Abstract Gabriel Mason was a teacher and administrator in the New York City Public School System for over fifty years. He lectured in philosophy and education, was active in teachers unions, and was the author of a number of books. His papers consist of a manuscript copy of a chapter of his autobiography, "The Teachers' Union," plus a draft of a dedicatory note to Albert Shanker.

Jack Golodner Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002216
Abstract In 2004, Mike Smith interviewed Jack Golodner, President Emeritus of the Department for Professional Employees, a semi-autonomous trades department of the AFL-CIO representing white-collar workers. Collection consists of audio recordings and a transcript. Golodner talks about his childhood and early life; education; entry into the labor movement; early work in law, politics, and labor organizing; involvement with the AFL-CIO, particularly with his work in advancing the organization of...

Michigan Federation of Teachers Records

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Identifier: LR000146
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...

Robert Nielsen Papers

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Identifier: LP001828
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...

Workers' Education Local 189 Records

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Identifier: LR000954
Abstract Workers Education Local 189, American Federation of Teachers, was founded in November 1922 as the bargaining agent for the faculty members of Brookwood Labor College. After Brookwood closed its doors in 1937, Local 189 opened its membership to all persons, regardless of geographic location, who were engaged in workers' education. Throughout its existence Local 189 had been active in distributing workers' education materials to other members of the AFT, and to public schools, colleges and to the...

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