|Occupation||Teacher, Labor leader|
Dooher grew up in Crystal, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. He graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in 1981, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1985.
Dooher returned to the Robbinsdale School District, where he grew up and became a middle school physical education teacher and high school coach, overseeing Armstrong's boys' soccer and girls' track and field teams. In 1995, he led his unranked Armstrong Falcons boys' soccer team to the Minnesota state semi-finals, losing on a disputed goal to top-ranked and unbeaten Stillwater.
Dooher became active in the 1,200-member Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers, AFT, soon after becoming a teacher. In time, he was elected building representative and vice president. He was elected president of the local union in 1997, and resigned his post as a high school soccer coach. While president, he negotiated a contract which included a merit pay proposal.
In March 2007, Dooher won a contested race to become only the second president in Education Minnesota’s history. He succeeded Judy Schaubach, who retired. Dooher took office July 1, 2007. He is currently a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and is a member of the Minnesota AFL-CIO executive board.
Tom Dooher is a third-generation union member. His father, Bob Dooher, worked at Northwestern Bell and was a member of the Communications Workers of America. His grandfather, Patrick Corcoran, was a Teamsters leader who helped found Teamsters Joint Council 32 and acted as a mediator and liaison between the more radical Teamsters Local 574 (located in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and the national Teamsters unions.
His grandfather was murdered in 1937 for his labor-related activities. His grandfather had returned from a union meeting when one or more assailants attacked him as he walked from the garage to his home. His skull was crushed and he was shot in the head. Law enforcement authorities suspected thugs under the control of Bugs Moran, head of the Chicago Mafia. Moran opposed Corcoran's efforts to organize workers at Walgreens, and had already severely beaten Corcoran several times while warning him to stop organizing workers. The Teamsters declared a holiday for Corcoran's funeral, and the event at the Basilica of St. Mary flowed into the street.
- Leighton, "Stillwater, Spa Get Last Kicks," St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 2, 1995.
- Draper, "Teachers Unions On Verge of Merger," Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 31, 1998.
- Drew and O'Connor, "Schools to Test Pay For Performance," Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 19, 1999.
- Draper, "New Union Leader Seeks to Define Teachers' Role," Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 16, 2007.
- Draper, "New Education Minnesota Chief Sizes Up the Issues Ahead," Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 20, 2007; Galenson, The CIO Challenge to the AFL: A History of the American Labor Movement, 1960.
- Draper, Norman. "New Education Minnesota Chief Sizes Up the Issues Ahead." Minneapolis Star Tribune. March 20, 2007.
- Draper, Norman. "New Union Leader Seeks to Define Teachers' Role." Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 16, 2007.
- Draper, Norman. "Teachers Unions On Verge of Merger." Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 31, 1998.
- Drew, Duchesne Paul and O'Connor, Anne. "Schools to Test Pay For Performance." Minneapolis Star Tribune. September 19, 1999.
- Galenson, Walter. The CIO Challenge to the AFL: A History of the American Labor Movement. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960. ISBN 0-674-13150-9
- Leighton, Tim. "Stillwater, Spa Get Last Kicks." St. Paul Pioneer Press. November 2, 1995.
- Share, Steve. "Tom Dooher, New Education Minnesota President, Brings Labor Legacy." Minneapolis Labor Review. July 29, 2007.
|President, Education Minnesota
2007 - Present