This area of the Reuther's Web site currently encompasses approximately 300, fully transcribed, speeches delivered between 1965 and 1996 by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President's Charlie Cogen, David Selden and Albert Shanker. The speeches are organized chronologically by date. Please contact Dan Golodner for project details.
In this speech, Cogen talks about how the collective bargaining experience in New York City has changed the outlook of education all over the country.
In this speech given in a panel of the United Parents Association, Cogen answers this question; Will teachers take an active role and consciously adapt themselves to the needs of the day, or will they be a passive medium, allowing themselves and their teaching to be buffeted by forces left beyond their control?
Selden talks about the movement of teachers towards acheiving a greater professional status; not only their status in the educational structure but their status in society.
Cogen talks about Dr. Martin Luther King and how the American Federation of Teachers is following his dream. This speech was given at a spring conference where Dr. King received the John Dewey Award.
Cogen talks about the collective bargaining agreement between the United Federation of Teachers and the Board of Education. He says that this contract is going to be the forerunner in improving professionalism for teachers in the way of professional standards.