Dearborn Federation of Teachers Local 681 Records
Part of the national American Federation of Teachers and statewide Michigan Federation of Teachers, the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, was chartered on February 28, 1945. Twenty years later, in1965, Michigan passed the Public Employee Relations Act; a law making organization and collective bargaining legal for public employees. Members of the union serve at four high schools, seven middle schools, 21 elementary schools, a community college and one early learning center within the city of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
The collection consists of materials related to the organization and activities of the Dearborn Federation of Teachers. The bulk of the collection is comprised of DFT subject files. The files cover topics such as the 1967 strike, the decline in enrollment that lead to surplus teacher layoffs, implementation of peer-review, the increase in the Arabic speaking population, and the schools’ efforts to increase bilingual education. The Organization Files series includes board and general meetings, contracts, elections, bargaining and negotiations, and some national conventions. The Fordson High series consists of materials from the high school, collected by John Fowler, reflecting his role in the school, DFT and in the Social Studies department, and includes the activities of students and other teachers.
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