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NTU History

The Newark Teachers Union has a long and noteworthy history  in the Labor Union timeline. The Newark Teachers Union dates back to 1919 when the AFL-CIO was in its infancy. In its first metamorphosis, the NTU was one of the first 100 Unions formed, designated as Local 86 .The original application charter was dated May 27, 1919 and the AFT sent a letter granting the charter May 31, 1919. The teachers union was formed due to the lack of salary for teachers, which was typical back then. Membership during the first year reached a high of 50 members. O.W. Flavell was the Treasurer and Edna Furman was the Secretary. Shortly after its inception on October 26, 1920, the NTU had disaffiliated with the AFT. Subsequent history is sketchy and it appears that the Newark Teachers Union, Local 86 was confronted with increasing competition from other organizations and unions to represent teachers in the area.

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About AFT Teachers

Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed.

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History of the AFT

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.

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AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.


About the AFT

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.

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