Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5510_B48F7_162
Flyer instructing hospital workers to register for a strike, from the Drug & Hospital Employees Union, Local 1199, AFL-CIO, in English and Spanish, June 16, 1960.
What preparations are Local 1199 asking their members to make before the strike begins?
How difficult do you think it will be for poor workers to go without their pay while they are on strike?
What is the date the strike will begin if no agreement is made?
Why do you think workers must register for the strike?
Why is the flyer printed in both English and Spanish?
Research the 1909 strike by ladies’ garment workers. Compare and contrast this strike to the hospital workers’ strike in 1960. Use a T-chart or Venn diagram to organize your research.
Foreign Language/English as a Second Language: Use the side-by-side English and Spanish versions of this instruction flyer to learn new vocabulary and grammar structure.
Art: Create a picket sign that might be used during this strike.
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.