Margaret A. Haley
“A pioneer of teacher unionism in Chicago, a founder of the American Federation of Teachers, political reformer, and nemesis of corporate tax dodgers.”
Until her death in 1939, Haley was active in promoting the rights of Chicago school teachers. As a leader of the Chicago Teachers Federation she fought for the protection of the pension program. She served as an intermediary between organized labor and the city and state authorities for the rights of teachers. During the Progressive Era Haley successfully lobbied for state funding for Chicago schools.