Jackie Vaughn

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Jackie Vaughn


Jacqueline (Jackie) B. Vaughn was a Chicago teacher's union activist. She died in 1994.

Supporting Harold Washington

Several Black labor leaders were important allies for Harold Washington in the run up to his 1983 election as Mayor of Chicago..

One was Charles Hayes, vice president of the United Packinghouse Workers Union, who won Washington’s Congressional seat after Washington was elected mayor.

Other important allies included Addie Wyatt, who was vice president of the Packinghouse Workers and Jim Wright, who was the first Black director of United Auto Workers Region 4. Jackie Vaughn, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union was also instrumental in Washington’s administration. All were leading members of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists[1].

Jackie Vaughn headed the re-elect Harold Washington Campaign in 1986.

1986 Debs dinner

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Jackie Vaughn was honored at the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America 1986 Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Dinner, held on Saturday, May 10, at the Ascot Hotel.

Andrea Gundersen presented the Debs Award to Jackie Vaughn.

In a period in which public employees are made the scapegoats for misguided fiscal policies and the public sector is under assault from the highest quarters of this nation, you have vigorously defended the rich tradition of public education.
Educator and labor leader, your unyielding affirmation of the rights of teachers to fair wages and decent working conditions has sustained your union through two tense and difficult strikes to win vital improvements for those whom you represent.
The example you have set as a militant fighter for education in general, and teachers in particular, is an inspiration to all trade unionists who seek to protect and improve the benefits enjoyed by their members.
We honor you for living for others and the Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Award is hereby presented to you on this 10th day of May, 1986.

Picturd right: Carl Shier, Rev. Jim Gorman, Jackie Vaughn, Michael Harrington, Andrea Gundersen singing "solidarity forever"[2].

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