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So I remained there for a week or two. They put in a pacemaker. My
visitors were limited, but Dennis came. Rebecca Miller I remember
She was the political director at that time?
Yes. And obviously my family came. And when I went home I
had to take it easy, and Davis, I remember, announced -- not Davis.
Dennis announced to the executive council that I could not be
expected to be around much, but I was, and what I remember is he
called the meeting, called the entire staff, the officers, where Dennis
had asked me if I would speak, and I remember before I spoke,
Dennis introduced me and said that he had spent the previous night
reading Upheaval in the Quiet Zone. He said, “For the first time I
understood what Moe's role had been in the building of this union.”
We had an interruption there, but when you were last talking, you
had described your heart attack and a staff meeting at the union at
which Dennis was talking about your role in the founding of the union.
My health condition began to deteriorate, seriously deteriorate
I'm sorry, had you finished telling about what Dennis said at that
meeting? He said he never fully understood your role in the 1959
What Dennis said was that he now realized the role I had
played in building the union from the time I came here, not merely
Bread and Roses, but, more importantly, my role in the organizing of
hospital workers in New York and then in all the other campaigns
where the union was involved and where I did public relations and in a
sense was deeply involved in the directing of these strikes. Elliott --
Executive vice president.
Yes, with Henry Nicholas in Charleston, with the people who
were making decisions for the union on the organizing campaign, the
whole question of winning the legislation in Albany in 1962, working up
in Albany on the campaign, and in constant touch with Davis and
Elliott on arranging for a settlement from the governor.
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