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New York Teacher

I’m 95 years old and have been a member of the Teachers Guild/UFT since I began teaching in 1949. I retired in 1980. Your March 12 back-page article on the founding of the UFT inspired me to write this letter.

Over the years I have seen, at teachers’ demonstrations, a sign saying, “You can’t have a Cadillac school system at Volkswagen prices.” I thought you might like to know where that saying came from.

At the time of the third teacher strike in the 1960s, I owned a Volkswagen mini bus. I put that sign on the side of the bus and drove it to the demonstration. Now you know the rest of the story.

Bill Baum, retired

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