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Yes, probation and fire him, and he'd go to another hospital.
Eddie Kay moved from place to place.
He was the former executive vice president [cross talk].
Right. Yes, right. So they continued to be involved. I was in
touch with Dennis regularly during that period, and the decision of the
Unity in Progress -- now, the constitution had been amended limiting
the power of the president. Unity in Progress did that. It was part of
the reaction to Doris. So the president today does not have unlimited
power on the constitution. He must get the support of the majority of
the executive council. Many people don't realize that, but that's the
problem that he faces all the time of how to keep people united,
because one of the mistakes we made, I think, was that the Unity in
Progress people who are active, the activists, when we won, many of
them wanted jobs on the staff as organizers, and the union's offices at
that time, because of limited power, decided they would give them
positions on the staff.
These were rank and file members who had been active in the
Rank and file who had been active. In many cases they were
people who, while they were good intentioned and did the right thing,
they were not really fully committed to unions and to 1199, and they
were thinking mostly about themselves. So unfortunately, a number of
them assumed important positions, and there was nothing we could do
about it. I always felt that we had created a monster inside when we
had those people on. Not that they were vicious or anything, but they
were not capable of doing what had to be done. So that was a serious
Then the union had to decide on who would be a candidate for Unity in
Progress to oppose Doris, and the feeling was that only a black woman
could be that, that Dennis couldn't be that person because he would
not get the support of the overwhelming majority of members. So it
was decided that Georgianna, who had been active, would be the
person to run.
Who was she? What was her [cross talk]
She was an assistant social worker, I think, at Beth Israel and
had some training, but she had good instincts. She was very active in
the campaign. But when she became president, she and we realized
her shortcomings, because if you're fighting someone like Doris
Turner, you have to be an alley fighter and very, very effective.
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