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Susan Minato Interview
Susan Minato
Vivian Rothstein
Date Created and/or Issued
March 29, 2016
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
UNITE HERE Local 11 Oral History Project
Rights Information
Copyright UC Regents and UNITE HERE Local 11. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Rights Holder and Contact
UC Regents, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment 10945 Le Conte Ave, Suite 2107 Los Angeles, CA 90095. UNITE HERE Local 11 464 South Lucas Avenue, Suite 201 Los Angeles, CA 90017
Biography/History: Susan Minato was born and raised in New Jersey, where her parents resettled after being interned during the roundup of Japanese Americans during World War II. She went to law school and practiced law for several years before she was hired at UNITE HERE Local 11 as an organizer. She joined the staff early in the local’s transition to an activist organizing culture and oversaw shop stewards’ leadership training for many years. She is currently executive vice president and staff director for the union.
Scope/Content: Interview Contents: Family’s history in California and internment during World War II — Education and early career as a public interest lawyer and public defender — Work as a staff attorney for the Utility Workers Union (UWUA) in Los Angeles — Mike Woo’s 1993 mayoral campaign — Organizing with Local 11 in 1993 and working in Laughlin, Las Vegas, and San Diego — Mentorship in organizing by Karl Lechow — Building relationships and developing leaders — Disney campaign — Local 11’s emphasis on long-term strategy — Committee structures — Future of Local 11 as a model for what unions can do to change society — Experience as a mother in the labor movement.
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Oral histories
Labor unions--California--Los Angeles
Labor union locals--California--Los Angeles
Susan Minato
Los Angeles (Calif.)

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