Shanker, Albert

Shanker, Albert

(1928–  ) union leader; born in New York City. He was a confrontational president of New York City's United Federation of Teachers (1964–86), leading repeated teachers' strikes and becoming a major force in city politics. As national president of the American Federation of Teachers (1974) he supported public school reform and his weekly column in the New York Times served as a much-quoted forum for ideas on education.