The Truth About NATLFED


The original headquarters was called NCO for NATLFED Central Operations.  With the expansion from one fraction to many, it became NOC for National Office Central.

It was originally intended that there be two regional offices and one national office.  This did not occur.  NOC also served as EROC or Eastern Regional Office Central, but this nomenclature fell into disuse.  WROC or Western Regional Office Central was established in San Francisco, CA.  WROC eventually was renamed COSHAD (Committee for Occupational Safety and Health for Attendants and Domestics).

Gino intended to separate EROC and NOC, moving the national office to an area in Tennessee that was the location of the Pressmen’s Home, an old TB sanatorium that was part of a complex belonging to the old International Pressmen’s Union.  It was somewhat remote, several buildings including the trade school were still in existence.  It was remote enough to allow for military training.  It was the combination of union history and remoteness that attracted his eye to considering this site for NOC.

The separation never occurred.  Instead, COSHAD  began to grow with power, placing itself on an equal level with the national office.  This was something Gino dealt with from time to time, putting COSHAD back in its place as a regional operation, not national level.  There were even periods of time when Gino ordered national personnel to write traffic or call their “counterparts” for the purpose of delineating the distinction between regional and national.

COSHAD continuously attempted to act as an equal, even inspiring strategies without national clearance.  I do not remember when, probably when the cadre ranks at national became extremely diminished to 30 persons, that national cadre took a different stance, “COSHAD can handle it.”  Thus, the west coast entities suffered the lack of regular and quality national direction.  There were several occasions where National worried that COSHAD would split from NATLFED and form its own Party.  Thus, the pendulum would swing the other direction and COSHAD would be micro managed by key leadership.

The same complaints about COSHAD were made against NOC after Margaret’s assumption of power.  She likened the national cadre to children, with Gino as the devoted father that overlooked many sins.  Some felt the comment was insulting.  Few felt it was an indirect attack against the Perente daughters, the start of a campaign to discredit any heir apparent to the leadership of the Organization.

There were other places of sub-regional leadership.  An Office Central was a location of such structure, with subordinate offices reporting in such as service centers, field offices, ancillary organizations and support groups.  A “point of production” entity operations manager was ordinate but an arena operations manager (always a Central Committee member) was ordinate in the region.

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