Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5510_B47F1_031
Flyer from Local 1199 announcing successful hospital workers' strike, in English and Spanish, ca. 1959
What did the union win for its workers through this strike?
How many hospitals were involved in the settlement?
What does the union want since they were so successful?
Which hospital workers are included in this union?
What is the purpose of the “clip and mail today” section of the flyer?
Why do you think part of the flyer is in Spanish?
In history, progress for specific groups is often difficult because it must be balanced with the needs of others. Research and debate this topic: “Resolved, hospital employees have the right to stage labor walkouts or strikes in order to achieve better pay and working conditions.”
Research another union that was successful following a strike of its workers. Write a newspaper article describing the issues from the point of view of management and workers, people involved, and the settlement.
Science: How would a labor strike affect the quality of care for hospital patients?
Foreign Language: Translate into English the part of the document that is in Spanish.
Filippelli, Ronald L. 1984. Labor in the USA: A History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Fink, Leon, and Brian Greenberg. 1989. Upheaval in the Quiet Zone: A History of Hospital Workers’ Union Local 1199. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1989.
Foner, Moe, and Dan North. 2002. Not for Bread Alone: A Memoir. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Zieger, Robert H., and Gilbert J. Gall. 2002. American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.