1970s minneapolis public teachers strike 


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.