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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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