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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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“A New era of Labor Relations”

“A New era of Labor Relations”

Teachers and the Public-Sector Labor Problem

(p.26) Chapter 1 “A New era of Labor Relations”
Teacher Strike!

Jon Shelton

University of Illinois Press

This chapter outlines the parameters of the “public sector labor problem.” When private sector unions grew powerful after World War II, public employees organized for similar rights. In many states they acquired the right to organize but not the right to strike. The chapter chronicles the early history of teacher unions—especially the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—and their quest for meaningful collective bargaining. It uses Pennsylvania—the state that passed the furthest reaching attempt to ensure union rights for teachers—and teacher strikes in Pittsburgh (1968, 1971) and Philadelphia (1970) to highlight the failure of liberal labor policy to prevent teacher strikes.

Keywords:   Public employees, unions, right to strike, teacher strike, teacher union, American Federation of Teachers, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia

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