Date of Award

8-1-2013

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

James Green

Second Advisor

Timothy Hacsi

Third Advisor

Paul Bookbinder

Abstract

This study looks at how the introduction of collective bargaining transformed the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the country. Previous scholarship has highlighted the NEA's slow pace of transformation from professional association to teachers union but few studies have looked at how state affiliates of the NEA made this same transition. This study uses the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) as its primary case study to illustrate that a far quicker transition occurred at the state and local levels. MTA sources also highlight how independent local associations often were in setting their own agenda. Ultimately, it was the local associations that played a decisive role in transforming the national organization, complicating existing narratives on the NEA's hesitant transformation.

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