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|Named Person:||Joseph Brown; Bob Burke; Leon J Davis; Marshall Dubin; Moe Foner; Elliott Godoff; Howard Gorelick; Phil Kamenkowitz; Coretta Scott King; Ted Mitchell; Nellie Morris; Jesse Olson; Armando Ramirez; Kay Tillow; Doris Turner|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.|
|In:||National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees|
|Notes:||Includes five interviews of delegates and organizers from Bronx, Maimonides and Brooklyn Methodist Hospitals and the Pennsylvania area. Individuals interviewed include Joseph Brown (chief steward, Engineering Department, Bronx Hospital); Nellie Morris (steward, Central Supply, Maimonides Hospital); Kay Tillow (organizer, Pennsylvania area); Birnbaum and Boswell (delegates, Guild Division, Maimonides Mental Health Center); and various individuals participating in the 1976 picketing of Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.|
|Description:||5 transcripts (115 p.)|
Other topics discussed include pluralism in internal union politics; black and Puerto Rican union leadership; the militancy of union membership; the role of delegates and organizers in union administration; leadership roles of Leon Davis, Doris Turner, Moe Foner, Jesse Olson, and Elliott Godoff; the manner in which delegate, chapter, and assembly meetings are conducted; discipline of union members; the political consciousness of union leaders, members and workers; organizing Catholic hospitals and the role of nuns as administrators; the influence of Catholic Church doctrines on health care policies of Catholic hospitals; black, Puerto Rican and women workers' identification with 1199; the crucial role of Guild and Nursing Division members in the operation of hospitals; the racial composition of Guild and Hospital Divisions; dissent among Guild members; establishment of the Nursing Division and craft identification; and the union's reaction to layoffs and budget cuts in New York hospitals.
Issues relating to 1199 organizing campaigns in Pittsburgh, Scranton, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pa. include the racial composition of hospital workers; establishment of organizing committees; grievances and denial of benefits; the conduct of demonstrations; strikes and pickets; community support; the effects on the national organizing campaign of organizing drives in Baltimore, Md. and Charleston, S.C.; anti-union tactics of hospital administrators; Coretta Scott King, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and civil rights organizations' support for the organizing campaign; workers' opposition to unionization; union solidarity and community support in Pittsburgh; boards of trustees' influence on hospital administrators; lobbying for passage of Pennsylvania collective bargaining legislation for hospital workers; press coverage of hospital strikes; and organizing hospital workers in small communities.
Discussions pertaining to the Bronx Hospital include mention of the community of interest between hospital engineers and 1199; the organizing activities of Marshall Dubin, Ted Mitchell, Howard Gorelick, Phil Kamenkowitz, Bob Burke and Armando Ramirez; the hospital administration's attitude toward unionization; the signing of membership cards; the strategy of organizing hospital departments; strike contributions from brewery workers, religious organizations, the Democratic Club, the community, and politicians; the hiring of scabs; alleged police brutality and the arrests of strikers; assaults on scabs; the dismissal and reinstatement of strikers; the reaction of workers' families to strikes; grievance procedure and dues collection; the responsibilities of delegates; and the relationships between delegates and hospital administrators.
Issues relating to Maimonides Hospital include the history of unionism at that institution; working conditions; labor-management relations under Teamsters Local 237; the conduct of collective negotiations; grievance procedures; the organizing strategy of Elliott Godoff; alleged discrimination by supervisors against workers for union activity; the organizing of nursing, dietary, and housekeeping departments; the conduct of organizing meetings and picketing; cooperation between management and union; wages; the ethnic composition of hospital staff; the management of hospital finances; layoffs; the effects of the unionization of Maimonides on the League of Voluntary Hospitals; the political viewpoints of Maimonides staff; job security; conflicts between ethnic groups; community support for strikers; the conflicts between community groups', unions' and workers' interests; the participation of ethnic groups in demonstrations; and the reaction of 1199 leadership to the coalition of workers and community groups.
- Brown, Joseph.
- Burke, Bob, -- 1948-
- Davis, Leon J. -- (Leon Julius), -- 1907-
- Dubin, Marshall.
- Foner, Moe, -- 1915-
- Godoff, Elliott.
- Gorelick, Howard.
- Kamenkowitz, Phil.
- King, Coretta Scott, -- 1927-2006.
- Mitchell, Ted.
- Morris, Nellie.
- Olson, Jesse.
- Ramirez, Armando.
- Tillow, Kay.
- Turner, Doris.
- Bronx Hospital.
- International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink, and Distillery Workers of America.
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America. -- Local 237.
- League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.
- Maimonides Hospital (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
- Maimonides Mental Health Center (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
- Methodist Hospital (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
- National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. -- District 1199.
- Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
- Catholic hospitals -- United States -- Administration.
- Civil rights movements -- United States.
- Strikebreakers -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Strikes and lockouts -- United States -- Public opinion.
- Labor unions and communism -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Women labor union members -- United States.