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New York City Teachers' Strike #199878

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 27, 1968
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(Studio) Report on New York City teachers' strike.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) 3 weeks of strike gone by. White parents picket Mayor John Lindsay's mansion. Black teachers and parents hear more militant language. In all schools of Ocean Hills - Brownsville demonstration district, classes function normally with 200 old teachers and 350 new teachers. Locally elected school board elected them. Union wants 100 jobs back. [Ex-school Supervisor, Herman FERGUSON - says can decide all about school decisions, incling curriculum.] White parents and teachers feel black bds. dictating policy to them. Schools open where local organization or strong parent orgs. exist. [TEACHER - says union using issue for cover for power play in school system.] [2nd TEACHER - says if this is power play, he welcomes it.] [Union leader Albert SHANKER - says issues are that teacher must know why he's being pushed out of job and have right to impartial trial and compliance to rules and regulations.] [District administration Rhody MCCOY - says issue is whether community board has right to decide whom it'll employ or dismiss. Don't see way dismissed teachers can come back.] [SHANKER - says practical to send teachers back to district as it was to send black children to white schools in Arkansas, Louisiana or to send James Meredith to University Mississippi.] [UNIDENTIFIED SPKR. - says 1968 last year UniversityF.T. will strike against children because God gave Noah rainbow sign. No more water; fire this time.] Longer strike lasts, less it becomes labor or school matter and more it becomes racial situation.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert

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