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 before the Federation of Deleware Teachers, Cogen explains the professional action program of the American Federation of Teachers and how it will impact education in America.
In this speech, Cogen shares his memories from being the president of the United Federation of Teachers.
In this speech, Cogen talks about how the first year of his administration was a year of change and a year of more. He speaks about the past and pushing on to the years ahead, he references the Co-Org program as well as many others and also talks about creating new research programs within the AFT.
Selden addresses the unwillingness to call a strike a strike. He explains that teachers or participants in strikes will often call them "recesses," "holidays" or "disputes." He says that the term "strikes" makes the participants feel naughty. Selden says that refusal to work is not necessarily a strike. He then goes on to explain what constitutes a strike and what does not.
Selden addresses the issue of membership of supervisors and school administrators in the AFT. He mentions the Wagner Act, and talks about the pros and cons of inviting supervisors and school administrators into the union.