Series 6, Subseries 4. Bayard Rustin interview, 1977.

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National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Series 6, Subseries 4. Bayard Rustin interview, 1977.

Series 6, Subseries 4. Bayard Rustin interview, 1977.

Focuses on the relationship between 1199 and various civil rights organizations; the role of black leaders; collective bargaining legislation; and New York City and union politics. Rustin discusses A. Philip Randolph's connections with 1199; contacts with Governor Rockefeller; the passage of collective bargaining legislation for hospital workers; relations with Leon Davis, the American Labor Council, Raymond Corbett, Harry Van Arsdale, Jay Lovestone, and Charles Zimmerman; 1199 leaders' reaction to red-baiting; his role in setting up a meeting between Davis and Peter Otley; contacts with New York City government; the formation of the Citizens Committee for Justice to Hospital Workers; leafleting hospital workers; the participation of civil rights organizations in hospital demonstrations; and the connections between Randolph, Davis, and Thomas Kilbourne (Harlem clergyman), Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, the Negro American Labor Council, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Urban League, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Congress of Racial Equality. Also discussed are the recruitment and training of minority building construction workers; the reaction of black leaders to red-baiting of 1199 leaders; black leadership of 1199; relationships between blacks, Catholic leaders and hospital boards; and the connections of New York politicians to Jewish leaders and hospital boards. Also commented upon are the roles played by Roy Wilkins, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Malcom X in leading civil rights demonstrations; the teachers' strike and community control in New York City (1968); 1199's position on Vietnam; the formulation of the collective politics of labor unions and the exchange of opinions between leaders and rank and file.

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