RT Unpublished Material DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 64091502 LA English T1 National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Series 1, Subseries 2. Drug Division staff interviews, A1 National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees., YR 1976 AB Topics discussed include the respondents' personal backgrounds; strategies of organizing drugstores; the influence of the Drug Division on politics in the Hospital Division; working conditions in drugstores (1920-1950); the evolution of the organizational structure of 1199 (1938-1950); dues collection, strike organizing, and the establishment of dues checkoff in drugstores; the self-identification of pharmacists as professionals; industrial vs. craft unionization in the health care industry; and typical grievances used in organizing drugstores such as wage cutting, speedup and unsanitary working conditions. Also discussed is 1199's relationship with the Pharmacists' Union of Greater New York; the class consciousness and socialist political principles of Drug Division staff and members; political pluralism and revisionism among socialist labor leaders; economic conditions, unemployment and unionization during the Depression; WPA programs for unemployed pharmacists; the ethnic background of members of the Drugstore Union; organizing drugstore chains; benefit plans for drugstores; the conduct of pickets; rank and file leadership; the election of delegates and hospital committees; the participation of Drug Division staff in organizing; strike conduct; police interference; worker morale; the participation of women, black and Puerto Rican workers; conflict between strikers and scabs; and donations from community grocery stores. Also discussed is the participation of Mt. Sinai Hospital pharmacists in the organization of hospital workers; information dissemination; the development of the Bronx area as a "cradle" of union support; the organizing campaign in Montefiore Hospital; strike headquarters; fines, jailings and court injunctions; the establishment of the Hospital Division; Drug Division Delegate Assembly reaction to the hospital organizing campaign; the skills of Drug Division organizers; the ethnic composition of hospital workers, including those at Mt. Sinai Hospital (1929-1954); working conditions and wages in hospitals and the exploitation of hospital workers; black and Puerto Rican leadership; and Elliott Godoff's and Ted Mitchell's leadership and organizing strategies. The discussion also includes 1199's policy on compulsory arbitration; 1199's involvement with social politics and the political consciousness of union leaders; Elliott Godoff's contacts in the Trade Union Unity League; Leon Davis' personality and leadership ability; the leadership of Edward Ayash, Floyd Sheppard, Barrish, Edward Bragg, Phil Kamenkowitz, Abe Kirschner, Bill Anderson, Milton Goldman, Luther Weinberg, Mannie Katz, Bernie Katz, and Margaret Ryan; Godoff's contacts with 1199 (1940-1958); red-baiting of 1199 leadership; the political decision to organize hospitals and its effect on the structure and power of 1199; training and upgrading programs; the conduct of delegates' meetings and assemblies; the role of trade unions in social politics; the Guild of Professional Workers; and grievance procedure.