District 1199C Celebrates Founders' Day

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Philadelphia Hospital & Health Care District 1199C

    PHILADELPHIA, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The history of The National Union
 of Hospital & Healthcare Workers in Philadelphia will be reviewed in a festive
 gathering on Tuesday, May 1, 2001.  Five founders of the union, including the
 President Henry Nicholas and Vice President Donna Ford and three rank and file
 members will recall the struggle to win rights for healthcare workers.  Union
 retirees have been invited to bring memorabilia and tell the story of their
 piece of history.  The theme of event is "Passing on the Dream and the
 Passion."  The original members of the union are beginning to retire.  The
 next generation needs to learn lessons of the past.
     District 1199C has a unique history as poor, black women built one of the
 largest and strongest unions in the city.  In the early 70s, healthcare
 workers had no legal right to join a union and were confronted by some of the
 most powerful institutions.  The murder of one of the organizers mobilized the
 community to recognize the plight of the hospital workers.
     Today the union represents 17,000 members in 100 institutions in the
 region.  The District president is also president of the National Union of
 Hospital and Healthcare Employees, AFSCME and AFL-CIO.
     The audience will be the members currently enrolled in Training Fund
 programs and the 100 teachers and staff.  The Fund serves approximately 15,000
 union and community members a year.
     The event will be held in the auditorium of the union's Training Fund, one
 of the largest union educational programs in the country.  The facility has a
 large display of pictures of the early events in the union's history.  The
 Fund is in the Land Title Building, 100 S. Broad St., 10th floor.  The program
 will begin at 4:30 PM.
 
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SOURCE Philadelphia Hospital & Health Care District 1199C
    PHILADELPHIA, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The history of The National Union
 of Hospital & Healthcare Workers in Philadelphia will be reviewed in a festive
 gathering on Tuesday, May 1, 2001.  Five founders of the union, including the
 President Henry Nicholas and Vice President Donna Ford and three rank and file
 members will recall the struggle to win rights for healthcare workers.  Union
 retirees have been invited to bring memorabilia and tell the story of their
 piece of history.  The theme of event is "Passing on the Dream and the
 Passion."  The original members of the union are beginning to retire.  The
 next generation needs to learn lessons of the past.
     District 1199C has a unique history as poor, black women built one of the
 largest and strongest unions in the city.  In the early 70s, healthcare
 workers had no legal right to join a union and were confronted by some of the
 most powerful institutions.  The murder of one of the organizers mobilized the
 community to recognize the plight of the hospital workers.
     Today the union represents 17,000 members in 100 institutions in the
 region.  The District president is also president of the National Union of
 Hospital and Healthcare Employees, AFSCME and AFL-CIO.
     The audience will be the members currently enrolled in Training Fund
 programs and the 100 teachers and staff.  The Fund serves approximately 15,000
 union and community members a year.
     The event will be held in the auditorium of the union's Training Fund, one
 of the largest union educational programs in the country.  The facility has a
 large display of pictures of the early events in the union's history.  The
 Fund is in the Land Title Building, 100 S. Broad St., 10th floor.  The program
 will begin at 4:30 PM.
 
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