Some Union History from Joyce Lindley

John F. Kennedy Jr. was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1960 when my husband, Christopher Lindley and I arrived in Rochester, he to the U of R, and I to be employed prepping Amalgamated Clothing Workers for the literacy eligibility test to vote. We met President Abe Chapman due to our mutual support for JFK. He wanted all of his workers, many from Italy, to be able to vote so I would visit the clothing plants at lunch or during breaks and we would review American history. The sessions were voluntary and we all celebrated when the test was finally passed. I also helped with the union’s phone banks which Abe took an active interest in too, occasionally correcting my responses.

Joyce Lindley

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