1970s minneapolis public teachers strike 

The 1970 Minneapolis Teachers Strike 

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In April 1970, Minneapolis teachers illegally went on strike for 14 days, risking their jobs. Local 59 (The Minneapolis Teachers Union) took a brave approach against the district to fight for better benefits and conditions. Although public debate aroused over their rights in 1972, the Minnesota legislature enacted the Public Employees Labor Relations Act (PELRA), a law giving teachers and other public employees the right to bargain collectively.


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     Political Cartoon Drawn During the Strike in 1970

Teachers would walk in lines called picket lines to protest.  Teachers from all over the city would come to participate in the protest in freezing cold weather.
There were over 1,000 people on strike at this time.
By Johnny Frenzel