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United Mind Workers: Unions and Teaching in the Knowledge Society

United Mind Workers: Unions and Teaching in the Knowledge Society

Charles Taylor Kerchner, Julia E. Koppich, Joseph G. Weeres

ISBN: 978-0-787-90829-4

May 1997, Jossey-Bass

256 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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This new model of teacher unions is organized around issues of quality teaching and professional development, as well as economic fairness. The authors propose strategies for expanding the influence of unions by involving them in the setting of educational standards, evaluating teacher performance, and promoting career security.

The authors have established United Mind Workers web pages that contain portions of the book, research reports, and work in progress as well as links to other labor and teacher reform web pages and links to the authors' electronic mail boxes. For the web pages, go to: Click on FACULTY, then Kerchner.
Part I: A Post-Industrial Unionism.

1. Organizing the Other Half of Teaching.

2. From Siege Mentality to Transformational Vision.Part II: The Quest for Quality.

3. Improving the Craft of Teaching.

4. Upgrading Educational Standards.

5. Evaluating the Work of Peers.

Part III: New Union-Management Agreements.

6. Reforming the District-Wide Contract.

7. Establishing School-Based Compacts.

Part IV: Tasks for the Future.

8. Strengthening the Market for Teachers.

9. Creating New Representation Roles for Unions.

10. Reforming the Labor Law.

11. Organizing for the Knowledge Era.
"A must-read for all educators, management and union leaders....[T]his is a remarkably thought-provoking work." --School Business Affairs