Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5206-PR_B2F52-D-5-B_168
Flyer “Look At This Dump on Jackson Avenue,” asking the community to join Local 1199 in picketing a hazardous vacant lot on Jackson Avenue, ca. 1967.
What is the purpose of this document?
What does the community want to do with this lot? Who has not helped?
What is the union asking its members to do?
Why do you think a labor union would be interested in the improvement of a slum lot in New York City?
The battle against slums has been an important movement in history. Jacob Riis was a Progressive Era reformer who used his photography to publicize and fight the poor living conditions in slums. Read his book, How the Other Half Lives, and compare the situations he describes to slum areas that exist today in urban cities or third-world countries.
Art: Create a collage or a poster to publicize the problems children face in urban slum areas.
English Language Arts: Write a persuasive letter to the mayor in which you ask for his help in cleaning up this lot and making it into a playground.
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.