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ERIC Number: ED043592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug-17
Pages: 9
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The State of Our Union
Selden, David
We have just completed the most successful year in American Federation of Teachers (AFT) history with 20 percent increase in membership and progress in many areas. The year's most significant developments are these: 1) AFT, through participation in the Full Funding Committee coalition, succeeded in winning bigger appropriations for federal aid than ever before. 2) Efforts to include paraprofessionals in the union had been successful in Philadelphia, New York, and Newark. 3) Since the 1956 expulsion of southern locals which refused to integrate, organizing has been difficult but is now progressing on an integrated basis; situations in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, New Orleans, and Florida are encouraging. 4) In the fight against anti-teacher injunctions, Hawaii and Pennsylvania have already passed laws allowing teachers to strike under certain circumstances. 5) Union action has exposed and forestalled many such panacea schemes as educational vouchers, performance contracting, and differentiated staffing. I would like to see the Full Funding Committee expanded into a kind of "children's lobby." We continue to be active on the civil rights front. Nothing has come of our efforts toward the uniting of AFT and the National Education Association for teacher unity. Now we must increase the Militancy Fund to support such improvements as our More Effective Schools plan which continues to demonstrate that good teachers with smaller classes and time for planning can educate children despite the problems. This is a summary of a speech delivered by President David Seldon to the membership of the American Federation of Teachers. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.