"Today it's your turn to step up to the plate and help other workers without unions organize, just as those unions stood with you 30 years ago."
Several Chicagoans have stolen the show at the AFT's national convention that runs through today at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.
AFT is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in profits for its CEOs and stockholders than it is in teaching kids.
"I am saddened to report that the Board of Trustees directed me and the college's officers to develop a plan to close the college," said the institution's president.
On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.
On Aug. 22, 1867, Fisk University, one of the nation's most famous historically black colleges, was formally incorporated.
On Aug. 9, 1927, 10 school custodians met in Oakland, Calif., to form what was to become the 230,000-member California School Employees Association, representing school support staff throughout the state.
Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.
They came from every corner of Pennsylvania yesterday, and some from New Jersey and New York.