Local 1199 Union Leaflet
A NEW DAY
Baltimore Hospital Workers
looking towards a new day -- a day without poverty –
day which will bring them
decent wages, good working
and, above all,
respect and dignity.
The National Organizing
Hospital and Nursing Home Employees
building a union for
Baltimore Hospital Workers
will bring them
freedom, dignity, and respect.
All Hospital Workers
invited to a special meeting to launch
great organizing drive:
Thursday, February 27, 1969
Time: 7:00 P.M.
National Organizing Committee
W. Monument Street
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1199 IN BALTIMORE
Monthly Round-Up Report
Asst Regional Director's Analysis of Activities in
of the National Organizing Committee of Hospital and
Nursing Home Employees, affiliated with Local 1199,
Wholesale, Retail and Department Store Union based in
New York have established headquarters in Baltimore to
organize all Maryland Private Hospitals and Nursing
I arranged a
meeting with these representatives and President Fornaro
of the Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO and Retail Clerks
and AFSCME to forestall any jusridictional dispute that
might occur due to this new group's organizing
activities in the Region.
Organizing Committee will be quartered in our building
and we will keep in close touch with their activities in
the organizing field.
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Monthly Organizing Report
August 22. Lutheran
Hospital. Baltimore, Maryland. Hospital & Nursing
Home Employees, Local 1199. For the Union, 174; Against,
99; Challenged, 14. Election run by Maryland Dept. of
Labor & Industry. Total eligible, 301. Worker
contracts and meetings. Regional Participation: Advice
& Counsel part-time.
August 28 and 29. Johns
Hopkins Hospital. Baltimore, Maryland. Hospital & Nursing Home Employees,
Local 1199. For the Union, 807; Against, 460;
Challenged, 59; Void, 1. Election run by Maryland Dept.
of Labor and Industry. Eligible, 1,455.
Regional participation: Part-time worker
contacts; spoke at meetings; advice and counsel.
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BACK UNION'S DRIVE AT HOSPITALS
Unit Supports Employees' Right To Organize
Frederick P. McGehan
liberal group of doctors, nurses and medical students gave its
endorsement yesterday to a drive by a labor union to organize
workers in certain Baltimore hospitals.
statement by the Medical Committee for Human rights represents
the first measure of support for the union from an organized
segment of the city's medical profession.
support the right of the union to organize hospital
employees," said Dr. Thomas C. Washburn, co-chairman of the
committee, which has more than 200 members.
feel this is a basic civil liberty regardless of the fact that
the hospital is a non-profit institution," Dr. Washburn
the group gave unqualified endorsement for the union's fight to
organize, it did not give full support to some of the union's
demands, which include $100-a-week starting minimum wages.
support of the union implies support for the union in its future
negotiations with the hospitals but does not commit us to
support the specific demands of the union," Dr. Wasserman
Washburn is associate medical director of the Sinai-Druid Health
Clinic and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns
Hopkins Medical School.
1,460 non-professional workers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
will be eligible to vote Thursday and Friday on whether they
want to be represented by Local 1199E of the Hospital and
Nursing Home Employees Union (AFL-CIO).
an election last Friday the union won the right to represent
non-professional employees at Lutheran Hospital. A third
representation election will be held September 5 at North
Charles General Hospital.
Washburn estimated that between 50 and 65 of his organization's
members are associated with the Hopkins medical institutions.
medical committee's statement came on the eve of an expected
visit by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to urge the Hopkins workers to
vote for the union.
King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, the slain civil rights
leader, is expected to hold a press conference at 12:30 P.M.
today and then to greet workers at the hospital's Monument
Street entrance from 2:30 P.M. to 3:45 P.M.
is honorary chairman of the union's national organizing
committee and participated in a recent 114-day strike against
two hospitals in Charleston, S.C.
Washburn admitted that his group's statement is "not as
strong as the union would want" and said this is primarily
because the committee's membership is a "mixed bag,"
with some members holding stronger views than others.
Medical Committee on Human rights is a national organization of
liberal medical professionals, which was formed several years
ago by doctors working on civil rights campaigns in the South.
Baltimore chapter has been active in criticizing the state
Medicaid program, is supporting the Man Alive
methadone-maintenance program, and in providing a "medical
presence" at various peace demonstrations, including the
protests at the trial of the Catonsville Nine.
was relatively little union activity at the Hopkins hospital
yesterday. Union organizers passed out flyers stressing the
victory at Lutheran Hospital; management supporters handed out
copies of sheets listing the wages and benefits given by the
young intern, dressed in white with a stethoscope hanging around
his neck, slowly shook his head as he read a management poster
at the Monument Street entrance.
urged workers to vote "for no dues, for no strikes, for no
union rules . . . Vote no union."
young man, who identified himself as a spring graduate of the
medical school, commented: "Whether you're for or against
the union, I think there could have been a more mature approach
[to winning the employees' loyalties]"
B. Matthews, a second-year medical student and an active
supporter of the union, lamented the fact that few of his fellow
students have given their overt support. "I couldn't get
any support from students," he said.
Matthews also pointed out that few of the white maintenance
workers at the Hopkins have joined the union, which is
predominantly Negro. He estimated that there are 200 white
workers eligible to vote.
white maintenance workers in a khaki uniform, encountered on an
elevator, dismissed the union as having "too many racial
"If they get in," he added, "we'll have to
get a trade union in here.
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Held Bar to Labor:
Hurts Organizing Program, Union
Racism among both white and black workers has hurt union
organizing at hospitals in Baltimore, according to the head of a
hospital employees local.
Fred A. Punch, president of Local 1199E, Hospital and
Nursing Home Employees Union, AFL-CIO, in reply to
recent questions from a group of Johns Hopkins University
students, said they could be of help in labor organizing drives.
If you really want to do something, cut off your beards,
cut off your beards, cut off your [African] bushes, take off
your dashikis. You've got to look like someone working people
can relate to', he has told members of AWARE, a student group
active in civil rights.
But Mr. Punch, who has been successful in organizing
about 7,000 non-professional employees at nine hospitals and
several nursing homes the past year, said the normal problems of
unionizing workers have become complicated by racist attitudes.
Whites at many of the hospitals refuse to join the
black-led union, said Mr. Punch, himself a Negro. For example,
he said, the union organized about 1,500 employees, mostly
black, at Johns Hopkins Hospital but some 2,500 others mostly
white, refused to join.
posted 24 July 2008
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of
By Michele Alexander
Contrary to the
rosy picture of race embodied in Barack
Obama's political success and Oprah
Winfrey's financial success, legal
scholar Alexander argues vigorously and
persuasively that [w]e have not ended
racial caste in America; we have merely
redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial
segregation has been replaced by mass
incarceration as a system of social
control (More African Americans are
under correctional control today... than
were enslaved in 1850). Alexander
reviews American racial history from the
colonies to the Clinton administration,
delineating its transformation into the
war on drugs. She offers an acute
analysis of the effect of this mass
incarceration upon former inmates who
will be discriminated against, legally,
for the rest of their lives, denied
employment, housing, education, and
public benefits. Most provocatively, she
reveals how both the move toward
colorblindness and affirmative action
may blur our vision of injustice: most
Americans know and don't know the truth
about mass incarceration—but her
carefully researched, deeply engaging,
and thoroughly readable book should
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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a
collection of fourteen essays by scholars and
creative writers from Africa and the Americas.
Called one of two significant critical works on
Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late
1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of
Carter G. Woodson and
Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as
well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations
were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early
essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish
medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an
historical context for understanding 20th-century
creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone
writers, such as Cuban
Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist,
Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the
significance of Negritude in Latin America. This
collaborative text set the tone for later
conferences in which writers and scholars worked
together to promote, disseminate, and critique the
literature of Spanish-speaking people of African
descent. . . .
Cited by a
literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the
field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which
most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."
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Race, Incarceration, and American Values
By Glenn C. Loury
In this pithy discussion, renowned scholars debate the American penal system through the lens—and as a legacy—of an ugly and violent racial past. Economist Loury argues that incarceration rises even as crime rates fall because we have become increasingly punitive. According to Loury, the disproportionately black and brown prison populations are the victims of civil rights opponents who successfully moved the country's race dialogue to a seemingly race-neutral concern over crime. Loury's claims are well-supported with genuinely shocking statistics, and his argument is compelling that even if the racial argument about causes is inconclusive, the racial consequences are clear.
Three shorter essays respond: Stanford law professor Karlan examines prisoners as an inert ballast in redistricting and voting practices; French sociologist Wacquant argues that the focus on race has ignored the fact that inmates are first and foremost poor people; and Harvard philosophy professor Shelby urges citizens to break with Washington's political outlook on race. The group's respectful sparring results in an insightful look at the conflicting theories of race and incarceration, and the slim volume keeps up the pace of the argument without being overwhelming.—Publishers Weekly / Economist Glenn Loury
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