Solidarity in the BTU

       When someone thinks about what it means to be in or have a Union one of the first words to come to mind is ‘solidarity.’ Solidarity, defined from Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards.” The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) was created in 1946 and has been advocating for the teachers (and eventually teacher aids and nurses) of Boston’s Public Schools ever since. But they haven’t only stood in solidarity with themselves, they have also expanded their support and stood in solidarity with Unions across the country. The 1970s, the decade looked at here in this blog post, has a lot going on with conflict about Desegregation as a backdrop alongside many national Union movements that take root.