MCCFA MEA Picket at the Capitol

On March 7, 1979, faculty in the Minnesota community college system voted to strike. The strike, which was called to bring the state to the negotiating table to address issues including salaries, Cost of Living Adjustments, benefits and protection in cases of faculty grievances, started March 20 and lasted 17 days. All Minnesota’s community colleges closed. The strike was the first by a statewide higher education system in the country.