Books: Non-Fiction

Transforming Teachers Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Bob Peterson and Michael Charney. 142 pages. 1999. Rethinking Schools.
Examines the role of teacher unions in social justice education.

Themes: Education, Labor

This stimulating 144-page anthology looks at exemplary practices of teacher unions from the local to the national level. It challenges the reader, while presenting stirring new visions of teacher unions for the 21st century. The 25 articles weave together issues of teacher unionism, classroom reform, working with local communities, and social justice.

Edited by Bob Peterson and Michael Charney, the contributing authors include Howard Zinn, Dan Perlstein, Robert Lowe, Herbert Kohl, Ann Bastian, and many classroom teachers and union activists. Transforming Teacher Unions is a terrific tool for anyone working in or with teacher unions today.

Howard Zinn says in an interview in the book: “If teacher unions want to be strong and well-supported, it’s essential that they not only be teacher unionists but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movement of teachers for their rights.”

“This collection challenges myths. It is essential reading for anyone who cares aboutthe future of public education. For teachers and parents, this book is a practical, hands-on resource with tools, thought-provoking articles, and examples of what progressive unions are doing.”—Mark Simon, former president of MCEA, one of NEA’s largest union locals

ISBN 9780942961249 | Published by Rethinking Schools.