Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5510_B47F1_030
Flyer from Local 1199 calling New York City hospital workers to strike at 6:00 a.m. the following day, in English and Spanish, ca. 1959
Why would it be important for Local 1199 to include both an English and a Spanish editorial on this flyer?
What is the management’s view of the strike? Why?
Who is supportive of the workers according to this flyer?
What newspapers are in support of the workers? How would we know a newspaper’s position on an issue?
What does it mean when they ask other doctors and nurses not directly involved in this strike to “respect our picket lines”?
Film or tape-record oral histories of people who have been members of labor unions during their lifetime. What do they feel their union has done to help them? How diverse is the membership of their union?
What is fact-finding? Explain its role in union negotiations.
Foreign Language: Translate the editorial from the flyer.
Art: Create a sign to be used at the rally on Friday morning.
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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.