From the beginning, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers has worked, and will continue to work, for better schools for children and for better working conditions for all members. Many of the problems that face the public schools and staff are continuing problems. Members must forever be on the alert to protect what they have and solve new problems as they arise.
Problems that confronted Saint Paul teachers prior to 1918 were:
- the lowest wages paid teachers in any city of its size in the nation; and
- pay increases only to those teachers designated by principals, superintendent, of Commissioner of Education.