Check out the videos on the historical roots of the UFT presented by Michael Fiorillo and Peter Lamphere at the State of the Union conference (Feb. 4. 2012).
Michael: Teacher unions up to 1968 (22 minutes): https://vimeo.com/45094559
Peter: Post 1968 (15 minutes): https://vimeo.com/45094560
Both videos plus the Q&A (1 hour): https://vimeo.com/45094713