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June 21, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(25):2772. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820250038010

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Recently Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in Pennsylvania have been subjected to an extraordinary manifestation in medical affairs: a strike among hospital workers associated with Local Union No. 255 of the State, County and Municipal Workers of America, affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Activities included picketing, demonstrations, interference with the removal of patients who wanted to use taxicabs, and interference with the receipt of food and the removal of garbage. In a strike called at the West Penn Hospital on April 18, maids, orderlies and employees in the nurses' home, in the engineering division and in the garages were called out; there were threats of violence, actual violence and establishing of picket lines. The window of an ambulance leaving the hospital was smashed and, altogether, a serious situation was created affecting the lives and health of all the patients in the hospital. On April 19 a court of Allegheny

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