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Teacher Strike!Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order$
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Jon Shelton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040870

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.001.0001

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From Labor Liberalism to Neoliberalism

From Labor Liberalism to Neoliberalism

(p.1) Introduction From Labor Liberalism to Neoliberalism
Teacher Strike!

Jon Shelton

University of Illinois Press

This chapter introduces the reader to the phenomenon of teacher strikes in the US between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s. It argues that contentious conflicts over urban public education brought on by teacher unions’ struggle for good salaries and control over working conditions exposed three interlocking limits to New Deal labor liberalism: the failure to provide public employees full union rights, the inability to ensure that African-Americans in the nation’s largest cities enjoyed equal educational and economic opportunities, and the drastic, insoluble fiscal crises brought on by deindustrialization and economic downturn in the nation’s biggest cities. The chapter also charts the new neoliberal order that emerged from the ashes of the decline of labor liberalism.

Keywords:   Labor liberalism, neoliberalism, teacher strike, teacher union, public education

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