Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5510_B48F5_161
Recruitment flyer for the Drug & Hospital Employees Union, Local 1199, in English and Spanish, ca. 1963.
According to the document, what has Local 1199 been fighting to wipe out?
What “crusader for justice” told hospital workers to join Local 1199?
Why would it be important to print this information sheet in both English and Spanish?
Do you think everybody supported Local 1199? Can you think of anyone who might be against this union?
One of the men in the photo in this document is A. Philip Randolph, head of the Pullman Porters Union and one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Find out more about Mr. Randolph by visiting the two pertinent websites listed in the Resources section.
Foreign Language/English as a Second Language: Use the bilingual aspect of this document to learn new vocabulary and grammar structure.
English Language Arts: Write a script for a television newscast that reports the message of Local 1199.
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.