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Teachers' Unions: Additional Reading

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  • United Mind Workers: Organizing Teaching in the Knowledge Society, by Charles Taylor Kerchner, Julia E. Koppich, and Joseph G. Weeres, Jossey-Bass, 1997. Scholars of teachers' unions propose a new model of labor relations in a decentralized school system.
  • The Teacher Unions, by Myron Lieberman, Free Press, 1997. A critic of the two national teachers' unions offers a detailed examination of their political influence.
  • Restoring Prosperity: How Workers and Managers Are Forging a New Culture of Cooperation, by Wellford W. Wilms, Times Books, Random House, 1996. A professor of education offers lessons from union-management relations in manufacturing plants.
  • "How Teachers' Unions Affect Education Production," by Caroline Minter Hoxby, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 1996. A Harvard University economics professor finds that teachers' unions increase school budgets, but reduce productivity enough to have a negative overall effect on student performance.
  • "Are Teachers' Unions Hurting American Education? A State-by-State Analysis of the Impact of Collective Bargaining Among Teachers on Student Performance," by F. Howard Nelson, Michael Rosen, and Brian Powell, Institute for Wisconsin's Future, October 1996.

"Teacher Union 'Concentration' in 21 Countries," by Robert Kasten and Gregory A. Fossedal, Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, October 1996.

  • Unions in Teachers' Professional Lives: Social, Intellectual, and Practical Concerns, by Nina Bascia, Teachers College Press, 1994. An in-depth look at three California high schools concludes that individual teachers' relationships with their unions are very different.
  • "The Linkages Between Teacher Unions and Student Achievement," by Michael A. Zigarelli, Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector, 1994.
  • A Union of Professionals: Labor Relations and Education Reform, by Charles Taylor Kerchner and Julia E. Koppich, Teachers College Press, 1993. Case studies of school districts where teachers' unions tried to move beyond adversarial, industrial-style unionism by forging cooperative relationships with management.
  • Labor Relations in Education, edited by Bruce S. Cooper, Greenwood Press, 1992. A comparative look at teachers' unions in the United States and 14 other countries.
  • Tangled Hierarchies: Teachers as Professionals and the Management of Schools, by Joseph B. Shedd and Samuel B. Bacharach, Jossey-Bass, 1991. Draws from research on private-sector management, organizational behavior, industrial relations, and schools to argue that the traditional division of labor in education needs to be restructured.
  • "Early Lessons in Restructuring Schools," by Ann Lieberman, Linda Darling-Hammond, and David Zuckerman, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching, 1991.
  • Blackboard Unions: The aft and the nea 1900-1980, by Marjorie Murphy, Cornell University Press, 1990. A history of the growth of teacher unionism, with particular attention to gender issues.
  • "Teacher Unions and Educational Reform," by Lorraine M. McDonnell and Anthony Pascal, RAND Corp. and Consortium for Policy Research in Education, 1988.
  • Unions and Public Schools: The Effect of Collective Bargaining on American Education, by Randall W. Eberts and Joe A. Stone, Lexington Books, 1984. Two labor economists examine the effects of collective bargaining on school operations.
  • Teacher Unions in Schools, by Susan Moore Johnson, Temple University Press, 1984. A study of six diverse districts that examines collective bargaining from the perspective of individual schools, rather than the negotiating table.

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