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Guide to the United Teachers Los Angeles Collection, 1962-1992
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: United Teachers Los Angeles Collection
    Dates: 1962-1992
    Identification: URB/UTLA
    Creator: United Teachers Los Angeles
    Physical Description: 11.26 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) was formed in 1970, through the merger of the Association of Classroom Teachers of Los Angeles (ACT-LA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Local 1021. At the time, UTLA was the second-largest teacher's union and the largest merged teacher's union in the nation. The collection documents the development and achievements of UTLA, and consists of five series, with the first three reflecting the activities of the pre-merger associations, LATA, LATA/ATOLA, and ACT-LA, respectively. These series include minutes from Board of Directors and Representative Council meetings, and an extensive run of issues of the Hot Line, the newsletter that all three of the associations published. The last two series deal exclusively with UTLA.
    Note:
    The finding aid for this collection was revised in December 2004, in part under a gift from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

    Historical Note:

    United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) was formed in 1970, through the merger of the Association of Classroom Teachers of Los Angeles (ACT-LA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Local 1021. At the time, UTLA was the second-largest teacher's union and largest merged teacher's union in the nation. After the new merger of UTLA and ACT-LA was ratified in February 1970, the new union was a combined NEA/CTA and AFT/CFT local. A layered leadership structure was put in place that would ensure representation of each national/state organization at the highest levels of UTLA.
    In April 1970 the newly merged union declared a teacher’s strike, demanding a contract. The strike lasted four and a half weeks, and led to a mutually-satisfactory contract that was subsequently thrown out by the courts after lawsuits were brought against both the union and the school board by disgruntled CTA members and a citizen taxpayer group. As a result, roughly 5,000 teachers left the union, the vast majority of whom were former members of ACT-LA.
    Soon thereafter, each group sought to dislodge the other from the National Education Association. The dispute started when leaders of CTA asked NEA to disaffiliate UTLA because of the strike they deemed illegal. UTLA countered by backing a new organization, United Teacher Associations of California (UTAC) in an attempt to siphon off the more militant members of CTA, and eventually supplant it as the state organization of the NEA. In April of 1972, an agreement was reached between CTA, NEA, UTLA, and UTAC to dissolve UTAC and give financial backing, chiefly from the CTA, to help support UTLA. In 1973, CTA once again disaffiliated with UTLA over a dues dispute. The antagonism between the two associations was finally buried in 1976, as the CTA once again re-affiliated with UTLA.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    United Teachers Los Angeles -- Archives

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Audio recordings
    Ephemera
    Paper records
    Publications
    Video recordings

    Personal Name:

    Baer, Donald
    Barfield, Alvia
    Brown, Jerry, 1938 -
    Higuchi, Day
    Honig, Bill
    Johnson, Wayne
    Kresner, Sam
    Ransom, Robert
    Sibelman, Larry
    Solkovits, Judy
    Springer, Hank
    Unruhe, Robert

    Topical Term:

    Education, Bilingual -- California -- Los Angeles
    Real property tax -- California
    Strikes and lockouts -- Teachers -- California -- Los Angeles
    Teachers' unions -- California -- Los Angeles
    Teachers' unions -- Mergers -- California -- Los Angeles

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall, Brett Arena, and Yadhira V. Contreras, 1999

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], United Teachers Los Angeles Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Los Angeles Teachers Association (LATA), 1962-1968
    Series II: Affiliated Teachers of Los Angeles (ATOLA)/Los Angeles Teachers Association (LATA), 1967-1969
    Series III: Associated Classroom Teachers-Los Angeles (ACT-LA), 1968-1970
    Series IV: United Teachers Los Angeles (ULTA), 1971-1992
        Sub-Series A: UTLA Administrative Records, 1970-1990
        Sub-Series B: UTLA/LAUSD Collective Bargaining, 1972-1992
        Sub-Series C: UTLA Newsletters/Newspaper, 1970-1989
    Series V: Labor Education Material, 1972-1992
    Series VI: Non-Manuscript Material, 1887-1911, 1972-1989

    Scope and Contents

    The United Teachers-Los Angeles Collection is divided into five major series: Los Angeles Teachers Association (1926-1968), Affiliated Teachers of Los Angeles/Los Angeles Teachers Association (1967-1969), Associated Classroom Teachers-Los Angeles (1968-1970), United Teachers Los Angeles (1971-1991), Labor Education Material (1972-1992), and Non-Manuscript Material (1887-1911, 1972-1989).
    Series I, Los Angeles Teachers Association (LATA) ), consists of the minutes of Board of Directors and Representative Council meetings. Also included are later versions of the organization’s by-laws (1966 and 1968) and copies of its newsletter, Hot Line, originally published between 1965 and 1967. The files are arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within.
    Series II, Affiliated Teachers of Los Angeles (AOTLA)/Los Angeles Teachers Association (LATA), reflects the activities of the merged teacher association that would later become ACT-LA. Most of the documents consist of minutes of Board of Directors and Representative Council meetings from 1967 and 1968. In addition, this series contains photocopies of the organization’s newsletter, Hot Line, running from September 1967 to January 1969. Documents reflecting the merger of the two organizations are also included in this series. The files are arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within.
    Series III, Associated Classroom Teachers-Los Angeles (ACT-LA), consists primarily of administrative papers and newsletters of the teacher association that grew out of the ATOLA/LATA merger. It includes Board of Directors and Representative Council minutes and by-laws. Three different newsletters were published by ACT-LA and are represented here, including Hot Line, LA Action ,and News at a Glance . A publication called Fact Sheet and a public relations proposal are also included. The files are arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within.
    Series IV, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), is divided into three subseries: UTLA Administrative Records (1970-1990), UTLA/LAUSD Collective Bargaining (1972-1992), and UTLA Newsletters/Newspaper (1970-1989). Subseries A, UTLA Administrative Records, consists of administrative records, including minutes from Board of Directors and Representative Council meetings. Subseries B, UTLA/LAUSD Collective Bargaining, includes minutes of negotiating meetings, reports to fact-finding panels, and drafts of contracts agreed to by UTLA and LAUSD. Subseries C, UTLA Newsletters/Newspaper, contains the union's newsletter, United Teacher, spanning from February 1970 merger to July 1989. The files are arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within.
    Series V, Labor Education Material, encompasses educational materials issued by various local, state and national organizations and agencies, including AFT, CTA, NEA, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the U.S. Department of Labor, among others. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by author and chronologically within.
    Series V, Non-Manuscript Material, includes audio cassettes, video tapes, and organize labor posters.