RT Unpublished Material DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 64755469 LA English T1 Series 1, Subseries 1, Sub-subseries 8. 1199 vice-presidents interviews, A1 National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees., YR 1975 AB Consist of interviews with 1199 vice-presidents Ramon Malave, Marshall Dubin, and Eddie Kay. Topics discussed include the subjects' personal backgrounds; early campaigns to organize hospital workers (1949-1957); similar campaigns by the United Public Workers of America (UPWA) and the Teamsters; organizational structure and politics of UPWA; the relationship of UPWA members Jack Begel, Frankie Herbst, and Jerry Wurf; Elliott Godoff's relationship with the Teamsters, especially regarding the Maimonides Hospital contract; a comparison of Godoff's and Leon Davis' leadership styles; a discussion of Leon Davis' and Oscar Lerner's roles in the founding of the Pharmacists' Union of Greater New York; the relationships of policies and structure of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to those of 1199; the strike of Harlem pharmacists (1936); racial discrimination and black pharmacists; and jurisdictional disputes between 1199 and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 144; also various specific labor relations issues such as split shift; overtime; wages; employee theft; wage adjustments; grievance committees; and administrators' and supervisors' reactions to the organizing campaign. Other topics discussed include organizing activities at Beth-El Hospital; leafleting; strike conduct; union administration under the Permanent Administrative Committee (PAC); the establishment of hospital organizing committees; the organizing strategies of Doris Turner, Jim Boykin, Marshall Dubin, Julio Pagan, Lorenzo Santiago, and Grace Glassberg; the participation of Hispanic workers in strikes; Rockefeller's influence on passage of New York State collective bargaining legislation; the role of 1199 in workers' lives; the role of the print and broadcast media in hospital unionization; a comparison between organizing hospitals and drugstores; the training of rank and file organizers and their promotion to union leadership; and the strategy of mobilizing and raising workers' consciousness. Also reviewed are 1199 social activities and social policies; bureaucratic procedures of the area directors' office; 1199 educational programs and the use of training and upgrading funds; the impact of union leaders' personalities and leadership styles; membership complaints; worker motivation; the role of delegates and organizers in union administration and in communication with rank and file members; the efforts to organize hospital departments; grievance handling; worker identification with the labor movement; alleged elitism and racism in various hospital departments; the impact of nurses' aides on patient care; the militancy of black workers; a comparison of organizing compaigns in Long Island and in New York City; and Henry Nicholas', Elliott Godoff's, and Ted Mitchell's organizing strategies. Also discussed are the positions of the managements of Mount Sinai and Montefiore Hospitals on the union organizing campaign; Mayor Wagner's role in the settlement of hospital strikes; 1199's alliances with the civil rights movement; the participation of Montefiore workers in the organizing campaign; the effects of the Montefiore organizing campaign on hospital unionization in New York City; the alleged caste system in hospital social organization; Mitchell's and Dubin's organizing activities in Bronx hospitals; community support of the hospital strike; the jailing of Leon Davis; the participation of RWDSU staff in hospital unionization; working conditions in Mount Sinai Hospital; the treatment of scabs; police interference with pickets and strikers; donations of food and financial contributions to striking hospital workers; Harry Van Arsdale's and Adam Clayton Powell's participation in hospital unionization; the cultural solidarity of Spanish speaking workers; and the operation of hospitals during the strike.