Chapter

“A New era of Labor Relations”

Jon Shelton

in Teacher Strike!

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780252040870
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252099373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.003.0002
“A New era of Labor Relations”

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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

Chapter.  12946 words. 

Subjects: Educational Strategies and Policy

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