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It was supposed to be a two-year term. The by-laws provided
that this 1986 election would be two-years. Now, the next election will
be three years from now. Okay.
How did that rank and file slate emerge, do you recall? And did you
have any relationship to it?
I was not involved in the planning of the slate. I was not
involved in the decision making on the slate. I was really very slightly
involved in that campaign, hardly at all. Because it was an internal
union affair, and therefore could not get any outside media, etcetera. I
may have helped in terms of leaflets and things like that, but really no
Do you recall that as the period during which you were least
involved with 1199 that you can remember?
Well, see I was more involved with the national union at that
time, and the problems related to the merger and the defeat of the
merger, than to the local situation. Most of my time right through the
merger crisis was on that issue, not on the 1199 situation.
When did you go to work for Local 342?
I went to work for 342 in January of 1983. I retired in
November of 1982, in January of 1983 I started with 342. I had been
approached by Irving Stern earlier about the fact that they had rather
large sums of money that had been accumulated through employer
contributions to an education-cultural fund, and had nobody to know
what to do with it. I told him at the various times he approached me
that I was not available, that I was busy and stuff like that. When I
retired he approached me shortly thereafter. He had known about my
retirement. I met with him, and then he arranged a meeting with the
president of the local, Nick Abandola. They asked me to come on to do
cultural programming, and asked that I draft a one year program for
the trustees, which I did and submitted to them. It was approved and
I went to work for them.
I worked for them for more than three years. I ended my arrangement
with them officially at the end of March 1986, just when the election
was beginning to heat up. I was not very happy. I devoted two days a
week there. [Interview interrupted; tape stops and starts]
The first year I found interesting and we did a number of things that I
felt that I was doing something there. We did an oral history series
called “A Slice of Life” where Tony Gillotte and Mark Levy worked with
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