William Simons Papers
William Simons began his career as a high school teacher when he joined the black American Federation of Teachers union in Washington D.C. A year later the local was integrated and Simons served in several positions before assuming the presidency, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1991. He also served as an officer in the national organization as part of the Progressive and United Action caucuses and was involved in Democratic Party politics. His papers document his career with the D.C. teacher's union, public education in D.C., and the union's efforts to improve salaries and working conditions for local teachers.
The William H. Simons Collection consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, studies, surveys, flyers, ballots, campaign literature, newspaper clippings and other material documenting Mr. Simons's career with the Washington Teachers' Union, the history of public education in the District of Columbia and the union's efforts through collective bargaining and legislative lobbying to improve salaries and working conditions for teachers in the District of Columbia.
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