Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5510_B48F59-B-1-C_163
Recruitment flyer for the Hospital Union, Local 1199, in English and Spanish, ca. 1958.
According to the document, how did organizing into a union help the workers at Montefiore Hospital?
What did Local 1199 want for its members?
Who supports the union? Who does not?
What are workers being asked to do?
According to the document, Montefiore Hospital refused at first to meet with workers to discuss their demands. What changed their position?
Using the resources below, find out more about Local 1199. Write and act out a skit about the struggle to organize hospital workers at Montefiore Hospital.
Research another strike in American history. Compare and contrast demands, methods, and results to the hospital workers’ strike.
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 journal from the point of view of a striking hospital worker.
Ronald L. Filippelli. Labor in the U.S.A.: A History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Leon Fink and Brian Greenberg. 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.