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United Teachers of New Orleans Statement on the Life and Legacy of Nat LaCour, UTNO President Emeritus.

Local 527 membership elected Mr. LaCour vice-president in 1969 and then president in 1971, a post he held until he was promoted to a position in the American Federation of Teachers in 1998. He transformed Local 527 from a relatively small group of mostly segregated teachers into the largest local in the state. In 1972, amidst top-down faculty desegregation, Mr. LaCour helped orchestrate a merger with the mostly-white NEA local to form UTNO: The United Teachers of New Orleans. The merger was unprecedented:

 

History of AFT Local 527

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 527 chartered in 1937 with the explicit and noble mission of securing for black teachers equal pay to white teachers working in the same school system.