ERIC Number: ED161154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Special Report: Teachers and Labor Relations, 1976-1977. Government Employee Relations Report Covering Municipal, County, State, and Federal Developments.
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, DC.
In many ways, 1976-1977 was a traditional year in labor relations in education. For the most part, traditional bargaining issues prevailed--wages and fringes, especially leave issues; tenure, seniority, and retirement; teacher workload and class assignments; union dues; and academic freedom and constitutional rights. The two major teacher unions--National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT)--continued to battle for membership and prestige, although both suffered a drop in membership. While the 152 strikes in 1976-1977 were below the record high of 203 walkouts the year before, they were considerably above the number of strikes fifteen years ago and indicative of the recent militancy in teacher unions generally. But because of developments like declining enrollments and lack of taxpayer support, labor relations in 1976-77 were also unlike any in memory. For instance, AFT President Albert Shanker called for the suspension of collective bargaining of municipal employee agreements as long as New York's financial crisis persisted. This report focuses on teacher organizing activity, collective bargaining issues, contract settlements, strike activity, legal issues and developments affecting teachers, state board activity, and state legislature enactments. Examples of AFT and NEA organizing literature are included. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Contracts, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Legislation, Legal Problems, Negotiation Agreements, Teacher Strikes, Teachers, Unions
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, DC.