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RWDSU, take away our charter.
I think that you need to briefly explain, when you say “our,”
whether you're talking about the national union or 1199.
In that case I'm talking about the national union, the national
Because 1199 is now headed by Doris Turner. So we are
looking for an opportunity to become part of SEIU within this
framework, because Doris -- well, Doris had a position on it. We knew
she would not [cross-talk] Doris's position was that -- never stated,
but, on the SEIU thing, just merging with an international, that if she
was coming with it, she would be a little fish in a big pond of a union
that was predominantly not all black and Hispanic. So that therefore,
she was opposed to anything like a merger because it would reduce
her power and influence. So she urged 1199 members to vote against
And at this point, 1199 was what percentage of the national union's
150,000 members? Probably around half?
Probably about half.
This is 1982 or so.
Yes. I'd say about half.
Yes. A question of getting a vote that would be favorable that
we arranged to work on, and we got it, and the vote was SEIU, except
that in New Jersey and Philadelphia and one other place, I think, they
Maybe. So they voted for AFSCME.
That was the 1989 vote, when the national union dissolved?
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