Raw footage for HSA Strike 1975. The strike began on October 27th, 1975, and lasted for 18 days—the longest and largest doctors’ strike in the US. The strike was organized by the Housestaff Association (HSA), a union of residents and interns. They were protesting against the working conditions and poor facilities at Cook County Hospital, Chicago’s only public hospital which mostly served the city’s poor and uninsured.
This tape features footage from after the strike, particularly of a speech by Dr. Quentin Young, Chairman of Cook County Hospital. Even though Young had advised against the strike, he also decided not to discipline any of the strikers, and was subsequently fired. He later sued the hospital for unlawful termination, and was ultimately reinstated. Continue reading