The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association, and both are among the largest unions in the country. CTA was founded with less than 100 members and has accomplished much to be proud of along the way. Some of these accomplishments and milestones will be highlighted here and on the CTA website over the next year.
Founded in 1863 during the Civil War as the California Educational Society, CTA won its first major legislative victory in 1866 with a law providing free public schools to California children. A year later, public funding was secured for schools that educated nonwhite students.
CTA led efforts to outlaw child labor in the state and enact other protections for children (1915), and to strengthen the teacher due process law (1921). In the 1940s, the union was the only major organization in California to protest against the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
There will be a variety of ways to engage with the celebration this year, come here for regular updates!