Union Staff Strike NEA Union 1974
Employees of the National Education Association (NEA) stage 12 day strike against the organization in February 1974. The employees were represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2380.

The bitter dispute had striking employees carrying signs that read "Practice What You Preach" and "NEA: Racist, Chauvinist & Anti-Union." It was largely over seniority and transfer rights.

The NEA's explanation was that the organization had a right to lay off people for reasons of economy, transfer people to different positions without their permission and measure their productivity. "They have to trust us," NEA deputy executive director Robert Chanin explained to the Washington Post in what seemed to many like the ultimate irony.

The photos were taken at the NEA headquarters at 16th & M Street (on the M Street side) where the organization is still located.

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