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Title
Karl Lechow Interview
Creator
Karl Lechow
Vivian Rothstein
Date Created and/or Issued
February 26, 2016
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
Collection
UNITE HERE Local 11 Oral History Project
Rights Information
Copyrighted
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
Description
Biography/History: Karl Lechow, the former national organizing director of HERE, was born in New York in 1946 to a union family. He went to Earlham College with John Wilhelm—who would later become president of UNITE HERE International—and initially joined John in organizing food service workers at Yale University. Karl is one of the architects of UNITE HERE’s worker-leader committees, who run organizing campaigns, develop strategies, and make decisions about how their union should move forward.
Scope/Content: Interview contents: Childhood in New York City and early experiences in movement building — Watching his parents become leaders in their unions — College and becoming an organizer — Working union jobs in the summers — Vietnam and the draft — Organizing with HERE Local 217 in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1970 — Campaign to organize clerical and technical workers at Yale in 1980, with HERE Local 34 — Vinny Cerebella’s mentorship and organizing strategies — Forming strong committees and the philosophy of the committee strategy — Makings of a successful organizer.
Type
moving image
Form/Genre
Oral histories
Extent
1:23:36
Language
English
eng
Subject
Labor unions--California--Los Angeles
Labor union locals--California--Los Angeles
Karl Lechow
UNITE HERE Local 11
Place
Los Angeles (Calif.)

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