Teachers: A More Militant Mood

In New Jersey last week, two women teachers spent seven hours in a county workhouse; a male teacher and a national representative of the American Federation of Teachers were handcuffed together, mugged and jailed. They were among eleven educators found guilty of contempt of court for leading a two-week teachers' strike in Woodbridge Township. They thereby acquired the dubious distinction of becoming the first school workers ever to serve time as a result of a teachers' strike.

The jailings symbolized the mounting militancy of U.S. teachers as another season of contract negotiations approaches. Despite existing laws against public-employee strikes in...

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