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Labor in the Schools Committee

The CFT Labor in the Schools Committee helps teachers reach students with information about the history and current place of the labor movement in American democracy. Committee members are classroom teachers, faculty from community college and university labor studies programs, and classified employees. The committee meets several times a year to plan, develop and evaluate various programs. These include development of lesson plans on labor across all subject matter areas and grade levels; periodically updating a clearinghouse of K-12 curricular materials and labor education activities; workshops for teachers and unionists to give them access to these materials and tips on teaching about labor; tracking public education policy relating to teaching about labor; overseeing work on two long-term projects: Golden Lands, Working Hands, and the Collective Bargaining Education Project; and addressing climate justice issues for members and students.

The CFT Labor in the Schools Committee is available to assist teachers in all aspects of teaching young people about the labor movement, and welcomes comments and suggestions about these topics. Communications may be directed to Chair, Labor in the Schools Committee, CFT, 2001 Center Street, Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94704. Telephone: (510) 523-5238.

Committee members

Kelly Mayhew, Co-Chair, AFT Guild, San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges
Ben Todd, Co-Chair, Oxnard Federation of Teachers & School Employees
Diane Bush, UC-AFT Berkeley
Mindy Chen, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Kimberly Claytor, Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
Jose Colon, Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Carmen Esterman, United Teachers Los Angeles
Fred Glass, San Francisco Community College District Federation of Teachers
Leo Gonzalez, Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees
Ann Killebrew, San Francisco Communitty College District Federation of Teachers, Retiree Chapter
Frank Lara, United Educators of San Francisco
Teresa Laughlin, Palomar Faculty Federation
Ruben Mancillas, ABC Federation of Teachers
Stacey Michaels, United Teachers Los Angeles
Jim Miller, AFT Guild, San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges
William Morgan, United Educators of San Francisco
Melvin Pritchard, West Valley-Mission Federation of Teachers
Alexander Schenck, Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers
Lou Siegel, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Yim Tam, United Teachers Los Angeles
Linda Tubach, United Teachers Los Angeles
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Order Golden Lands, Working Hands

Golden Lands, Working Hands is a three hour video series that introduces students, union members and the general public to California labor history. Order online here.