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Los Angeles, CA 90017
Biography/History: Kurt Petersen was born and raised in Chicago, attended the University of Notre Dame, and went to law school at Yale University. After working on a farmworker organizing campaign in Washington State in 1995, Kurt took a job as an organizer with HERE Local 814. He helped lead the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel campaign in Santa Monica from 1995 to 2000, building a worker and community movement for living wages and fair treatment for hotel workers. Today he works as the director of nonunion organizing for UNITE HERE Local 11, where he continues to promote the use of comprehensive campaigns.
Scope/Content: Interview Contents: Childhood in Chicago and Catholic social teaching — Community organizing in Baltimore during time in a rectory — Yale and HERE organizing of clerical and janitorial workers — Organizing farm workers in Washington State — Meeting María Elena Durazo through the farm worker campaign and winning a contract by organizing a boycott with community support — Leaving the United Farm Workers for HERE Local 814 in 1995 — Organizing workers at a Sky Chefs factory — Miramar-Sheraton Hotel campaign — Community support for campaigns — HERE’s comprehensive organizing strategy —Helping people overcome their fears in organizing and developing leaders — Local 11’s impact on the city of Los Angeles.
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