Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) Teacher/Public Sector Initiative

Source: Rosemary Feurer, Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), LaborOnline blog, December 9, 2014

Today we launch the teachers/public sector toolkit, a set of resources that we hope will contribute to dialog on teacher and public sector unionism. We are asking for help in disseminating and adding to this toolkit, which is accessible under teaching resources. It consists of a short history of teacher organizing and unionism by Adam Mertz, and sources for learning and teaching more about the subject. Those sources include documents, books, articles, charts and graphs and full presentations that could be used by teachers, unions, educators to promote dialog. Finally, we will continue to promote dialog about these sources through our teaching blog….
A Century of Teacher Organizing: What Can We Learn?
Source: Adam Mertz,
The history of teacher unionism is rich and vibrant, filled with numerous triumphs, tensions, and setbacks. For over a century, most education employees have been part of a public sector workforce that has been constrained by legal frameworks that assume that they are not entitled to the same rights as private sector workers. Because they comprise the largest segment of public sector labor, the story of why and how teachers sought to organize helps us understand many current debates surrounding education policies and the labor movement.
A Bibliography on Teacher-Public Sector Unionism
PowerPoints & Graphs