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Oh yes. I worked full time on Bread and Roses. I had an
assistant, an administrator. I had Tony Gillote by this time, was the
administrator. Towards the end Noni Perry -- who is mainly working on
the performances in the hospitals, working with the hospitals -- and a
secretary. That was it. I would move back, depending upon what was
happening in the union. For example, if union negotiations were
scheduled, I knew in advance so I would block out the time. I said,
“From this period to that period I'll be in Bread and Roses, but I have
to now turn my attention to that,” or anything else that would come up
Primarily public relations things?
Oh yes, primarily public relations, publications, that kind of
But at this point you really are not overseeing the 1199 news to
any great extent.
Well, there would be a monthly meeting with the staff, that
would go over what goes in. Then just phone calls, that was it.
I'm just trying to get a sense of what your relationship was to the
day to day work of the union, by this point.
Let me sing part of it.
Sing the whole thing!
No, the whole thing would take forever. The thing is, this was
prepared -- I asked my brother Henry to do it when we were
submitting the proposal. The original proposal I said to Henry, “Let's
get a song,” and we did what we did at the time of when I did “There's
Nothing Like Our Union” at Local 65 -- give them some names and
facts, and then go to work. So he did it to “A Funny Thing Happened
On The Way To The Forum.” The NEH people wanted the lyrics and
they said they used to sing it over there, probably better than I do.
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