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Biography/History: Soledad Garcia was born and raised in Oaxaca, México. She came to the United States in the late 1990s and got a job as a housekeeper in Beverly Hills. She later became a room attendant at the Viceroy Hotel, a nonunion hotel in Santa Monica. She was a leader in the campaign to unionize her workplace and went on to work as an organizer with UNITE HERE Local 11. She has become a mentor for other organizers in the union.
Scope/Content: Interview Contents: Early life in Oaxaca and immigrating to the United States — Work as a housekeeper in a private home in Beverly Hills — Work as a room attendant at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica — Work with HERE Local 11 at the Viceroy Hotel — Santa Monica Living Wage campaign — Becoming a full-time organizer in 2005 — Impact of working in the union on her personal life — Mentoring immigrant Latinx workers — Gender dynamics of union organizers in Los Angeles — Campaigns along Century Boulevard, in Long Beach, and elsewhere.
Labor unions--California--Los Angeles Labor union locals--California--Los Angeles Soledad Garcia UNITE HERE (Organization)
Los Angeles (Calif.) Santa Monica (Calif.) Long Beach (Calif.)