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Los Angeles, CA 90017
Biography/History: Ada Briceño came to the United States from Nicaragua when she was six years old. She began working in the hotel industry in Orange County, California, as a teenager and joined HERE Local 681. She challenged the established leadership of the union through her energetic organizing and engagement with rank-and-file union members and was eventually elected the first Latina president of the local.
Scope/Content: Interview Contents: Growing up in Nicaragua — Migrating to Southern California in 1980 — Experiences in the food service and hotel industry as a teenager — Early experiences with HERE Local 681 — Recruited for hotel management and learning to problem solve with other workers — Organizing with Local 681 — Running for president of Local 681 while working in the Los Angeles Convention Center — Winning election — Developing relationships with HERE Local 11 — Building power in the union and an activism-oriented union culture — Organizing in a White-led local and opposition from older union members — Racism in Orange County, the workplace, and the labor movement — 2008 merger between HERE Locals 11 and 681 — Decertification campaign that resulted in Workers United Local 50 —2010 redistricting campaign.
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