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have a strike. We're going up to the wire, and the board is divided, and the workers are being prepared. You know, we're working on the level, like, I'm working the press and the media and that kind of thing, and people are organizing the workers, and we're working angles with the workers like big giant postcards and telegrams, you know, media kind of things for story things. You're reaching a point where Weingarten calls me one day -- and we're doing ads in the Times, and Marty Solow, who was writing the ads, you know, we've got people working on all levels. It's crazy.

And Weingarten calls one day and he says, “Moe, there's a very decisive board meeting tomorrow morning. If for some way you can an editorial in the Times tomorrow morning, the board is very close. We're split. It could not hurt.”

I go to Evans Clark and I say, “I've got to ask you now to do something that I've never asked you before.” And I tell him there's a need for an editorial tomorrow. This is in the afternoon. And that morning there is an editorial.

You know, you reach a point where you get satiated on the thing so that people are beginning to say, “What are these guys doing? Who are these guys? What influence they've got.” We're getting radio debates. I remember--who's the attorney 1968, in Chicago?




Bill Kuntsler is a reporter-commentator for WMCA. I remember him sitting in my office doing a debate, doing our side of the debate with a tape recorder, for WMCA on the hospital thing. All I'm saying is that it's that grab by the collar, conscience, conscience, good versus evil. How can you not be for this? Now, we did it in Montefiore. It went to incredible heights after that, before the '59 strike.


When was Montefiore?


'58. Election in December of 1958, when we won the election, ninety percent, contract negotiated, first contract negotiated. Cherkasky says to Davis, “I'd like you to come to my office on Saturday, just you and Moe, and we'll sign the contract.” And we go. And I had called Evans Clark beforehand, and he says to me, “You know, Saturday I'm in charge of the editorial page. Call me before 1:00 if you sign and let me know.”

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