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said, “We're planning to pay it. We're not waiting for you.” They really
were concerned about the members' unrest about the thing, morale
was so bad. But they weren't going to wait for Turner. They just paid
Did they unilaterally reduce their benefit contributions, and so on,
And has that resulted in the weakening of the financial condition of
No, the funds are still in very good shape. The haven't paid into
the training fund -- alot of the give-backs have been put into effect
already. They're in effect. In other words, the bad things they carried
out, the good things they didn't. They put the minimum back. Doris
had no way of doing anything about it! She would go to Albany --
Axelrod is close to her.
Yes. We know that Axelrod, for some strange reason Axelrod
thinks that she's a brilliant person.
At any rate, there was the situation. The end of the strike. As the
months kept going, every month in the publication, every meeting,
“We're going to get that five percent with full back pay.”
I'm not clear. It was supposed to be paid on August 26th?
Yes. Back to August 26th.
When were they actually going to put it?
Well, as soon as Doris signed on to the give-backs, which she
never did. She would say, “Well, it's always been in this union that we
never got the increase until much later on, that it took time.” I
remember she pointed to a compulsory arbitration decision where we
went to arbitration, and then we didn't get an increase. Arbitration ran
against us and we didn't get an increase. So she was saying, “That
year we didn't get an increase, and nobody said anything to Leon
Davis that he was destroying the union. But me, because I'm a black
woman, they're out to kill me.” Okay. But every month in her
publication, in her column, “We're working on that five percent. We're
going to get it with full back pay.”
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