Tuesday, August 6, 2013

UFT History, Early Years from "City Unions", Chapter 8

We bought a few copies of this book which covers some fascinating early history of the UFT and pre-UFT with lots of detail on the political machinations and Shanker's consolidation of power. There is so much info packed into these 19 pages I have to read it again. The UFT did a great series by Jack Schirenbeck that covers some of the same ground but somewhat cleansed, as you would imagine. This lays out some of the internal battles that took place in the 60s and the formation of Unity Caucus even earlier than I thought, with details on the early strikes from the high school teachers refusing to work in night school through the early 60s.

If you go over to the MORE site there are 4 videos of last week's UFT Friend or Foe event where some history is also laid out, in particular in Ira Goldfine's video and text.

NOTE: I'm pulling the embedded pdf because it seems to slow up this site.

Get it here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/158371024/City-Unions-chapter-8

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