Interview with Albert Shanker

Okay, I--during the summer of '68, did you think some accord could be reached? Did, did you think it was possible to sort of put the experiment back together again?


Well I was hoping that the, ah, that the city would exert authority and would say to Rhody McCoy and to the Governing Board, "Look, ah, you've got a good experiment going there. The union will still work with you and we will work with you but you know this is a democratic country and you can't say you're going to take the law into your own hands. These teachers have been declared innocent and sometimes we don't agree when we fire somebody but the union has to live by the law, and the Central Board and the President of the United States has to live by the law and you have to live by the law too. And, ah, take these people back and, ah, ah, we can continue it. If you don't, we're going to suspend your rights and we're going to see to it that the law is enforced." That is what I was hoping would happen.