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Proposal for Merger - LC and UFCT

Pending member ratification, this merger proposal, dated March 28, 1972, ended the intense rivalry between the Legislative Conference (LC) and the United Federation of College Teachers (UFCT), resolving the issue of who would be the sole bargaining agent for the instructional staff of CUNY. The document describes the compromises and decisions that needed to take place in order to resolve fiscal, organizational, and staffing issues at the newly formed Professional Staff Congress (PSC).

The parties were reluctant to merge, and only pressure from their affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for the UFCT, and the National Education Association (NEA) for the LC, finally pushed the two rival organizations within CUNY to join together. Around this time, the AFT and NEA affiliates in New York State were themselves about to merge, and the two national unions did not want divisions within CUNY to mar that process. In addition, the AFT and NEA had been financially supporting their CUNY affiliates, and the threat of an end of that support was a powerful incentive for leaders of the UFCT and LC.

Source | Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Creators | Zeller, Belle; Kugler, Israel
Date Created | March 28, 1972
Rights | Obtain From Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Item Type | Text (Memorandum)
Cite This document | Zeller, Belle and Kugler, Israel, “Proposal for Merger - LC and UFCT,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 22, 2019,

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