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National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Series 1, Subseries 1, Sub-subseries 5. Henry Nicholas interviews, 1975, 1982.

Author: National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Oral history interviews, 1975-1981
Database:WorldCat
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Henry Nicholas discusses his personal background; the conduct of pickets and the hospital strike of 1959; the economic exploitation of hospital workers; the problems of union administration without checkoff or a collective agreement; the political position of directors of nursing; the strike support of Harry Van Arsdale, Mike Quill, churches, and community; the red-baiting of 1199; jurisdictional disputes between
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Named Person: Ralph Abernathy; John Ehrlichman; Moe Foner; H R Haldeman; Henry Nicholas; Mike Quill; Walter Reuther; Mendel L Rivers; Strom Thurmond; Harry Van Arsdale; Andrew Young
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.
OCLC Number: 64091504
In: National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees
Description: 2 transcripts (53 p.)

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Henry Nicholas discusses his personal background; the conduct of pickets and the hospital strike of 1959; the economic exploitation of hospital workers; the problems of union administration without checkoff or a collective agreement; the political position of directors of nursing; the strike support of Harry Van Arsdale, Mike Quill, churches, and community; the red-baiting of 1199; jurisdictional disputes between 1199 and Service Employees International Union Local 144; the raising of political consciousness and militancy of hospital workers; union administration under the Permanent Administrative Committee; 1199 social activities and demonstrations; relationships with other 1199 officers; and 1199 organizing campaigns in Baltimore, New Jersey, and Detroit.

Nicholas' participation in the Charleston S.C. hospital workers organizing campaign is highlighted, including contacts with churches and community leaders. The training of local leadership is discussed, as is the participation in the strike of Elliott Godoff, the NAACP, Andrew Young and Ralph Abernathy; Walter Reuther's and the American Federation of Labor's participation in the strike settlement; the relations between 1199 and District 65 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; the involvement in the strike settlement of the mayor of Charleston, the governor of South Carolina, Mendel Rivers, Strom Thurmond, John Ehrlichman and Robert Haldeman; Moe Foner's role in public relations and the media; and violence in demonstrations.

Interview with Henry Nicholas focuses on the subjects of union administration, the 1959 New York City Hospital Strike, and the Charleston, S.C. hospital organizing campaign.

Henry Nicholas discusses his personal background; the conduct of pickets and the hospital strike of 1959; the economic exploitation of hospital workers; the problems of union administration without checkoff or a collective agreement; the political position of directors of nursing; the strike support of Harry Van Arsdale, Mike Quill, churches, and community; the red-baiting of 1199; jurisdictional disputes between 1199 and Service Employees International Union Local 144; the raising of political consciousness and militancy of hospital workers; union administration under the Permanent Administrative Committee; 1199 social activities and demonstrations; relationships with other 1199 officers; and 1199 organizing campaigns in Baltimore, New Jersey, and Detroit.

Nicholas' participation in the Charleston S.C. hospital workers organizing campaign is highlighted, including contacts with churches and community leaders. The training of local leadership is discussed, as is the participation in the strike of Elliott Godoff, the NAACP, Andrew Young and Ralph Abernathy; Walter Reuther's and the American Federation of Labor's participation in the strike settlement; the relations between 1199 and District 65 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; the involvement in the strike settlement of the mayor of Charleston, the governor of South Carolina, Mendel Rivers, Strom Thurmond, John Ehrlichman and Robert Haldeman; Moe Foner's role in public relations and the media; and violence in demonstrations.

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