"C" is for Charleston Hospital Workers’ Strike [1969]

Apr 25, 2017

"C" is for Charleston Hospital Workers’ Strike [1969]. In Charleston in 1969, more than 400 African American hospital workers (mostly female) went on strike against the all-white administrations of the Medical College Hospital and Charleston County Hospital. The strike against the Medical College lasted one hundred days during the spring and summer; the one at Charleston County went on for an additional three weeks. What had begun as a dispute between employers and employees quickly transformed into a national and international debate over civil rights, unionization of public sector employees, and gender roles. The Charleston Hospital Worker’s Strike’s results were significant at the time. Female workers at both hospitals believed that their actions had led to a “new relationship of mutual respect and dignity” on the job and to improved race relations in the community.