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"Sign the Petition for a New Collective Bargaining Election"

In this open letter from April 1971, Israel Kugler, president of the United Federation of College Teachers (UFCT), first outlines some of the serious problems facing his union and CUNY. He then calls for a new collective bargaining election, with the goal of electing a single unit to represent all faculty and staff, full and part time. He argues that this single unit would unify the faculty and staff and would more effectively be able to face the disastrous prospects he describes.

At the time, the other bargaining agent and the UFCT's rival, the Legislative Conference, opposed such an election, preferring the status quo or a new single union as a result of negotiations. As the open letter notes though, talks regarding a possible merger had been fruitless to date. The rival groups would eventually recognize the mutual benefit of a merger, and the two unions negotiated terms in late March 1972. The members of both groups subsequently ratified the merger.

Source | Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Creator | Kugler, Israel
Date Created | April 6, 1971
Rights | Obtain From Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Kugler, Israel, “"Sign the Petition for a New Collective Bargaining Election",” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 11, 2019,

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