(SUNY Press, 2007)
Using first-hand accounts by rank-and-file teachers and leaders such as Al Shanker, I document how teachers, once underpaid and hopelessly divided, finally organized in New York, lifting themselves from the underclass to the middle class to become a formidable grassroots progressive force able to elect U.S. senators. It begins with the rise of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City in the 1950s and then looks at the merger of two competitive New York teacher groups in the 1970s to form New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), New York State’s largest union, and now a powerful progressive force in the state and in the country. It’s an inspiring story about one of the most successful U.S. union efforts of the last 50 years and a union now at the forefront of educational reform, winning more money for education, creating smaller classes, raising academic standards, and training better teachers.
> Read Chapter 1: Radical Roots: The Rise of the United Federation of Teachers (pdf)
> Read Feature Article: Teachers United (New York Archives Magazine) (pdf)