Teachers United: The Rise of New York State United Teachers

Teachers United: The Rise of New York State United Teachers

by Dennis Gaffney
     
 

This book tells the story of the rise of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), New York State’s largest union. Using first-hand accounts by rank-and-file teachers as well as leaders, Dennis Gaffney documents how teachers, once underpaid and hopelessly divided, finally organized, lifting themselves from the underclass to the middle class to become a formidable… See more details below

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This book tells the story of the rise of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), New York State’s largest union. Using first-hand accounts by rank-and-file teachers as well as leaders, Dennis Gaffney documents how teachers, once underpaid and hopelessly divided, finally organized, lifting themselves from the underclass to the middle class to become a formidable grassroots political force able to defeat and elect U.S. senators. He describes how New York’s teachers sparked the modern-day teachers’ movement, and what key lessons other labor unions can learn from NYSUT’s unity and success. Teachers United also shows how NYSUT has been a leader of educational reform, winning more money for education, creating smaller classes, raising academic standards, and training better teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791471913
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/26/2007
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Beginnings
Radical Roots: The Rise of the United Federation of Teachers     7
Teacher Militancy in the 1960s     29
Entering the Political Fray: The Jerabek Attack     49
Growing Up: The Merger
Planting the Seeds of Unity     67
Merger Negotiations Begin     77
The Concord Convention: From Two Enemies, One Union     97
A National Merger?     115
Coming Apart     135
Maturity
Wielding Political Power     155
Educational Reform     181
International Solidarity     203
Conclusion     215
Appendix     219
Teacher Groups and Their Acronyms     219
NYSUT Officers, 2006     220
Former NYSUT Officers     223
NYSUT Board of Directors, 1973-2005     226
Notes     231
Selected Bibliography     251
Index     257

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