AFT Local 28: St. Paul Federation of Teachers Records

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The St. Paul (Minnesota) Federation of Teachers, Local 28, is the fifth oldest American Federation of Teachers local in continued existence in the U.S. and the first teacher's union in Minnesota. It evolved from the Grade Teachers Federation (1898) and received its AFT charter June 18, 1918 under the St. Paul Federation of Women Teachers, Local 28. The St. Paul Federation of Men Teachers was chartered February 19 of the following year as Local 43. The two locals worked together closely through the Joint Council of Teachers and in 1957 merged into the present federation. Correspondence, minutes, bulletins, and other materials on formation of these unions and their merger are included, as is material concerning the merit pay system, tenure cases, strike efforts, and membership recruitment.

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