Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5206-D_B53F58-D-5-A_158
Press release from the Drug & Hospital Employee Union, Local 1199, opposing employment discrimination in the New York City building trades, August 7, 1963.
Whom does Local 1199 represent?
Who was the governor of New York at the time this press release was written? Who was the mayor of New York City?
What is Local 1199 requesting in this press release?
What is bias?
What did the study by the (New York) State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reveal?
Why is the date of this action by Local 1199 historically important?
What is the purpose of a press release?
Why is the union asking Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Wagner to halt state and city funding for construction projects?
What has happened at protest actions sponsored by civil rights organizations?
What percentage of the local’s hospital members are African American or Puerto Rican?
What law was passed on July 1, 1962 after Local 1199 called for strikes at two hospitals?
How many delegates from Local 1199 are attending the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom?
Research the political and economic achievements of Local 1199 in New York City and the controversial role of Dennis Rivera as its union leader.
Find out more about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. How important do you think it was for labor organizations to support the Civil Rights Movement?
Math: Using the statistics in this press release, figure out how many of the local’s hospital members were African American or Puerto Rican in 1963.
English Language Arts: Write a press release from your school on an issue you would like to see covered in the newspapers.
Art: Create a protest poster that could be used at a rally concerning this issue.
Ronald L. Filippelli. Labor in the U.S.A.: A History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Leon Fink and Brian Greenburg. Upheaval in the Quiet Zone (The Working Class in American History). Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989. ISBN 0-252-06047-4. Information on the early history of 1199.
Max Foner and Dan North. Not For Bread Alone: A Memoir. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Robert H. Zieger and Gilbert J. Gall. American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.