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 of the strike, including interviews with passersby and various people attending the protests, notably Jesse Jackson.
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00:58Copy video clip URL Continued footage from tape 16510, doctors and Housestaff Association members parade and strike, picket, in downtown Chicago.
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02:02Copy video clip URL Continued footage of the doctors on strike, walking through downtown Chicago.
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04:05Copy video clip URL Shots of downtown and random man-on-the-street interviews about the strike. A woman agrees that they should strike. The hospital needs improvements.
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05:24Copy video clip URL Continued footage of doctors downtown on strike, walking in parade. They rally in front of a downtown building.
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07:01Copy video clip URL Continued b-roll. A doctor addresses the crowd.
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07:39Copy video clip URL Continued footage of a doctor leading the rally using a megaphone. He says they’re here at the civic center to support their colleagues who are in court on contempt charges. “This is now the longest physicians strike in United States history. We have walked here in an orderly fashion… to accompany our leadership and negotiating team and give them our support as they go to the court.”
09:09Copy video clip URL Continued b-roll, people stand about. A news woman records a report on the strike.
10:11Copy video clip URL An old man says he’s from skid row. He says he gives the doctors credit and they should keep it up, because the hospital doesn’t take care of its patients. Another man says the HSA is keeping a tradition of revolutionary attitudes, just like the great humanitarians who founded the country. Another man agrees they’ve had a revolutionary tradition. He thinks doctors have become too at ease, and would like to see a spirit of change among physicians of America.
13:17Copy video clip URL The old man continues on about how the doctors should keep up what they’re doing.
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14:00Copy video clip URL Interview with a couple. The woman says she has been to County Hospital as a patient. “I had to wait, but I got good care.” The man and the woman agree the hospital could use improvement and they support the strikers.
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15:08Copy video clip URL Interview with an old man gets cut off.
15:22 A woman from Pilsen supports the strike. She says the hospital isn’t adequate for Spanish speaking patients. Another woman says the conditions at County Hospital are bad. “I wouldn’t take my kid there!”
17:05Copy video clip URL B-roll of court room documents of the HSA case. B-roll of an HSA meeting following an earlier meeting with the commission. The members report on what was discussed, the problems they’ve experienced at the hospital, lack of patient care, doctors only responding to specific cases, ignoring others, issues with admission.
22:00Copy video clip URL Another man says a solid show of strength will show that we mean business. Another member says we’re as strong as we’ve ever been, we’re winning. It needs to be presented this way to the HSA.
24:04Copy video clip URL A man talks about status and plans for the next steps. They discuss various issues and how to react to them.
26:22Copy video clip URL Static. Continued footage of a meeting about concerns about who gets admitted, who doesn’t, guidelines for admitting patients with various levels of critical and non-critical conditions. Various sound bites.
27:51Copy video clip URL Interview with Neil Bratcher who says he hopes to talk to doctors about building relationships with Housestaff and the community. Some of the demands for patient care have been successful. The commission has given in. He says that when a person comes in sick there’s no reason why they should wait four hours to see a doctor. He adds the issue is nationwide and these doctors are setting a precedent. Any individual is part of a team, all the departments are part of the team in patient care—dieticians, housekeeping, and surgeons. He notes that he’s found more dedication among doctors than he’s seen in the past. The agreements reached today isn’t all they hoped for, but it’s a start.
32:46Copy video clip URL Stop/re-start digitizing. Continued b-roll of the meeting. Interview with an HSA member who says there was a cardiac arrest at the hospital recently, but there wasn’t enough adequate equipment to save the patient. The patient died. It represents the need for adequate equipment in the hospital.
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35:40Copy video clip URL B-roll of the strike.
36:14Copy video clip URL Interview with a man. Interview cut off.
36:45Copy video clip URL Interview with a woman.
41:30Copy video clip URL Interview with a woman taking her son to County Hospital for a check up. The interview gets cut off.
41:45Copy video clip URL B-roll of the strike.
42:16Copy video clip URL Interview with Jesse Jackson, who says as a representative of the community we need to use our energy to bring both forces to the table. He says this isn’t just between physicians and administration. The question is: “Can we make a change as painless and as profitable as possible?” He also says they’re concerned about there being more quality in hospitals, but also more black interns. There are more doctors from 10,000 miles away than from ten blocks away, he says, and they must address that.
45:06Copy video clip URL Interview with a man. The interview is cut off. Interview with a woman who says all we can do now is pray. Another woman says hospital conditions are poor. Poor people can’t do anything except depend on doctors. She notes she’s on the cleaning staff and says it’s hard for them to convince their supervisors that what they do helps patients. We need the hospital open. She says the doctors are thinking right, but if the supervisors thought the same we’d still have the hospital open. Another woman is interviewed in Spanish.
49:15Copy video clip URL Interview with a man. The interview is cut off.
49:34Copy video clip URL Interview with another man involved in the community meeting for patient health care. He notes that it’s important to participate, and says he works at a community health center. He claims Cook County is a public hospital, so it should take care of public needs. He understands the strikers’ problems for better health care. He wants to show support for the doctors.
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