In May 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act No. 15 – 17, encouraging local school districts to teach the history of the American labor movement. This was the culmination of years of advocacy by teachers, union activists, and supportive legislators. Spearheaded by Steve Kass, a retired teacher, member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and vice-president of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association (GNHLHA), this effort followed naturally from GNHLHA activities on the local level to document union history. As Kass testified before the General Assembly Education Committee, “The purpose of this legislation is to get labor’s untold story told,” citing a recent national poll finding that 54 percent of adults know “little” or “not much” about unions in the United States. Also, for the past several years, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy testified in support of...
Connecticut Labor History in the Classroom
CECELIA BUCKI has taught labor and working- class history at Fairfield University for twenty-five years. She has also taught at Hamilton College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. She studied with David Montgomery at the University of Pittsburgh, where she stumbled upon the labor history of her hometown, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her first book was Bridgeport’s Socialist New Deal, 1915 – 1936 (2001). She has served as national secretary of LAWCHA since 2003.
Cecelia Bucki; Connecticut Labor History in the Classroom. Labor 1 September 2018; 15 (3): 7–8. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-6910161
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