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ERIC Number: EJ866404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Leading the Local: Teachers Union Presidents Chart Their Own Course
Johnson, Susan Moore; Donaldson, Morgaen L.; Munger, Mindy Sick; Papay, John P.; Qazilbash, Emily K.
Peabody Journal of Education, v84 n3 p374-393 2009
Teachers unions are among the most powerful, yet least studied, actors in public education today. Although public attention focuses on the influence of national unions, the policies that most affect teachers and schooling are bargained by local unions and school boards. Interviews with 30 recently elected local union presidents reveal that these leaders balance competing interests and obligations, from the concerns and priorities of their members to pressures from state and national affiliates. Although these presidents reaffirm the traditional union agenda, most also advocate an expanded agenda of teacher professionalism and more collaborative approaches to collective bargaining and contract management. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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