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He came on staff in the seventies, the late seventies, as an
organizer. He was active in the Save Our Union campaign that won in
1986, and was elected president in 1989. When did you first get
acquainted with him, what were your impressions, and how did your
I first met Dennis when he was hired by Davis. Steve Frankel
brought him in.
An organizer who's now in charge of contracts, I understand.
Steve brought him in to Davis for an interview. Davis came out after it
and came over to me and Steve there. He said, “Why do you bring this
guy? He can't even speak English.”
Steve said, “Give him a chance.”
So I said, “Davis, look, why don't you see?” So Dennis came on staff.
Dennis was an organizer.
And he had recently come from Puerto Rico, where he had been a
He come from Puerto Rico. Yes. He's on staff, and the first run-
in I had with him is he comes into my office on a Friday with a couple
of Hispanic staff people and says, “Moe, maybe there's not enough
time, but there's a demonstration in Washington tomorrow.” I forget
the issue, that Hispanics and Latinos were into this. He says, “We'd
like to send a busload. We'd like to get your okay for the money.”
And I blew up. I said, “You can't come to me at this time. I can't even
go to the council to get approval. I can't do it. Next time you have to
think about it, and that's all.”
He left. He was angry at me. I knew it, but I was not going to do it.
That's the first time I met with him.
Then as the opposition to Doris developed, I got to know him more
and better. I did become familiar with him during the campaign to get
[END TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE; BEGIN TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO]
This is side 2 of the Moe Foner oral history, tape one, March 7th.
Moe, you were just talking about early experiences with Dennis Rivera.
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