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This is Moe Foner interview number nineteen, June 26, 1986.
We're going to be talking about the recent events in 1199's history, in
the period after Moe retired. Why don't you begin with your
recollections of the first rank and file campaign against Doris Turner?
That was the Unity and Progress campaign. The slate was
headed by Joe Franklin, who had been a vice-president in the guild
division. I have rather vague recollections of that election campaign.
We did a lot better than we thought. Nobody ever expected to win that
election. The Turner administration did everything (mostly illegal) to
win. However, the abuses of democratic procedure were so profound
and so extensive that we wanted to go to the Department of Labor on
the election, to see if we could get a rerun. The election took place in
April of 1984, and the people were installed in May. Then the union
went into negotiations for a new contract, and as a matter of strategy
it was thought inadvisable to go to the Department of Labor at that
time. Then the strike took place, and so the filing with the Department
of Labor did not take place until the end of the strike, for obvious
reasons -- nobody wanted to be attacked as being anti-union at a
period when negotiations and strikes, where the whole theme is a
Let me revert now to the strike.
Let me ask you a few questions first. You're sure it was April of
1984? Because when we spoke last time you said April 1983.
Wait a minute. We're now in April 1986 -- it's April 1984. April
1983 we were talking about the merger situation. We're talking now
about the election.
So in other words, her term should have run until 1987, but she
agreed to an early election.
No, no. It's a two year term. However, the constitution was
amended, the by-laws were amended, after that election -- the 1984
election -- so that now there is a three-year term.
Okay. But it was supposed to be a two-year term.
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