SCLC & Hospital Workers
Workers RALLY 'Up South'
Enthusiasm wasn't dampened, despite the absence of SCLC
(Southern Christian leadership Conference) president, Ralph
David Abernathy, at a rally for Baltimore hospital workers at
the Emerson Hotel this week.
300 cheering hospital workers welcomed the rev. Bernard
Lee, an executive of SCLC, and heard him say that "the
chairman of SCLC called a meeting of the board in Charleston,
S.C., and that is why the Reverend couldn't be here tonight.
"He sent me in his place."
The elated workers heard Mr. Lee declare that
"Baltimore is one of the most broken down cities in
America. As black folk we helped build this country. We are
going to stand up like proud people and not beg.
"We live down south, you live up south . . . as we
carry on in Charleston, you must carry on in Baltimore . . .
we won a
wonderful victory in Charleston . . . after 100 days we were
able to win union recognition and bargaining power with the
hospitals there. . . . This is what we call 'soul' power. . . .
"I may be black but I am somebody. . . . repeat
after me, union power, union power. We are going to sock it to
Baltimore. . . . We are going to tear down the walls of
injustice in Baltimore."
Other speakers who supported the hospital union said:
"Hospital workers have been the most notoriously exploited
of blacks in the city. . . .unionize or stay dehumanized. . .if
you don't vote you are a dope. . . In union there is strength
and, by golly, we need strength." --Parren Mitchell.
"It is a sad story that a lot of people haven't
caught the spirit of unionization.
"Brother Nixon's proposal for curing welfare and
poverty doesn't even began to start. How do you expect a man in
this rising economy to live on $1,600 a year? How in the world
can a man raise a family in dignity when he doesn't have it
"I want to know if you have any soul this evening.
Get with it or get out.
"Aunt Janes, Nervous Nellies, and Uncle Toms: the
whites have them continuing to divide the blacks. We have got to
stand together and speak with one tongue.
"If you need us in Baltimore, we will come and turn
it upside down and right side up again. We are not only black
and beautiful but we have some sense."
Via modern telephone hook-up to Charleston, the workers
heard the voice of Mr. Abernathy say "physically I am in
Charleston, spiritually my mind is miles away in Baltimore. . .
. in the big cities of the north."
Mrs. Willa Turman, Johns Hopkins Hospital employee:
"Whenever a promotion was available, management passed us
by. . . . Hospital workers will no longer settle for
second-class citizenship. . . . We know now better than ever
that only the strong survive."
Mrs. Mary Bell, Lutheran Hospital employee: "Boss
said you will be fired if you take part in union activity. . . .
They may kill the dreamer, but they will not kill the
Miss Flora MacNair, North Charles General Hospital
employee: "We are the victims of these circumstances. . .
we have the skills and qualifications to succeed."
Troy Brailey, Maryland House of Delegates: "People
working in hospital forty years don't get any money when they
retire. . . . what seniority rights do you have? None."
Miss Doris Turner, national vice-pres. of Local 1199:
"In July, '66, w, the hospital workers in New York, signed
a contract with a minimum wage of $100 a week for hospital
workers. . . . several years ago we were paid $32 a week.
"If you love the boss vote NO; if you love
yourselves vote YES. . . .
we are going to stop singing we shall overcome and sing:
we have overcome."
Organization of non-professional workers at Johns
Hopkins, Lutheran, and North Charles General Hospital have been
going on for several months by Local 1199E.
Local 1199E's program include minimum wages of $100 a
week, job classification program, job training and upgrading,
pension plan, grievance procedure, full seniority rights, and
Voting will take place by secret ballot Aug. 22 at
Lutheran, Aug. 28 and 29 at Hopkins, and Sept 5 at North Charles
Fred Punch, Area Director of Local 1199E: "We have
come a long way in Baltimore. . . . an injury to one is an
injury to all. . . . if we can crack Johns Hopkins, this
Goliath, this monster of all the hospitals in Baltimore, the
other hospitals will fall. . . if any of the big shots in the
hospital were compelled to live on our salaries, they would
choke on their lies."
Elliot Godoff, National Director, Organizing Committee
and Nursing Home Employees: "Before the union came they
didn't know you had arrived. . . . I don't believe there is
going to be a strike in Baltimore because they are afraid of
you. . . . There are more talents, more brains that go to waste
because of discrimination in the hospitals."
John Lorden, Acting Regional Dir. of AFL-CIO: "You
can't get into a hospital under $45 a day. . . . I wonder how
management can keep paying slave-labor wages to employees of the
posted 24 July 2008
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